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FCS Top 25 Roundup - Week 1

Syracuse, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Villanova football is seeking a season of redemption after a disappointing 2013 campaign and it could take plenty of positives out of its 27-26 double-overtime loss at Syracuse in the 2014 opener for both teams Friday night.

The 12th-ranked Wildcats (0-1) pulled within 27-26 on the second possession of the second overtime when quarterback John Robertson connected with Gary Underwood on a 9-yard touchdown pass.

Coach Andy Talley kept his offense on the field in an attempt for a game- winning two-point conversion. Robertson lined up in the shot gun, took the snap and faked as though he would throw to his right. He then tried to run up the middle, but was stuffed well short of the end zone on a Robert Welsh tackle.

Syracuse (1-0) went ahead 27-20 on a fake field goal to cap the first possession of the second overtime. Holder Riley Dixon got up with the ball at the 8-yard line and rolled left before hitting Kendall Moore in the front corner of the end zone.

The two teams were tied 17-17 in regulation and then exchanged field goals in the first overtime.

Villanova had an excellent chance to pull out a win in the fourth quarter, but kicker Chris Gough missed a 25-yard field goal attempt with 12 seconds left.

Still, the Wildcats left the Carrier Dome knowing they controlled the ball for 37 minutes, 48 seconds, and overcame a 17-7 third-quarter deficit to force overtime against an ACC foe.

Robertson finished with 305 total yards, including 115 yards on the ground. Poppy Livers scored on a 67-yard punt return and added 58 receiving yards, while Kevin Monangai scored on a 5-yard run.

Up next for Villanova, which was picked second in the CAA Football preseason poll, is a visit by 11th-ranked Fordham next Saturday.

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Michigan State (1-0) 45, No. 6 Jacksonville State (0-1) 7

Ohio Valley Conference favorite Jacksonville State wasn't competitive in falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter and 38-0 by halftime.

Senior running back DaMarcus James, who rushed for 1,477 yards and an Ohio Valley Conference-record 29 touchdowns last season, was limited to 17 yards on three carries. Starting quarterback Eli Jenkins threw a pair of interceptions.

Jacksonville State's lone touchdown came on Max Shortell's 9-yard touchdown pass to Markis Merrill early in the third quarter. Shortell was 10-of-18 for 117 yards.

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Thursday, Aug. 28

Central Michigan (1-0) 20, No. 14 Chattanooga (0-1) 16

Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman and wide receiver Tommy Hudson connected on a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to spark the Mocs to a 16-0 lead.

But Central Michigan ran off the final 20 points to win the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Blake Serpa's interception of Huesman (12-for-23, 137 yards, three interceptions) set up Cooper Rush's 26-yard touchdown pass to Courtney Williams midway through the third quarter to give the Chippewas the lead for good, 20-16.

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Minnesota (1-0) 42, No. 16 Eastern Illinois (0-1) 20

A year after leading the FCS in scoring offense at 48.2 points per game, Eastern Illinois was held scoreless in new coach Kim Dameron's debut until it managed three touchdowns in the game's final seven minutes.

EIU quarterback Andrew Manley rushed for a touchdown and threw for two, finishing 18-for-34 for 200 yards. Jalen Whitlow also saw plenty of action at quarterback, gaining 187 yards of total offense, as the Panthers moved on from having 2013 Walter Payton Award winner Jimmy Garoppolo behind center.

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The Sports Network FCS Top 25

All Times ET

Saturday, Aug. 30

No. 1 Eastern Washington (1-0) vs. Montana-Western (0-0), 9:05 p.m.

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No. 2 North Dakota State (0-0) at Iowa State (0-0), noon

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No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana (0-0) vs. Jacksonville (0-0), 8 p.m.

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No. 4 New Hampshire (0-0) at Toledo (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 5 Montana (0-0) at Wyoming (0-0), 4 p.m.

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No. 7 Coastal Carolina (0-0) at The Citadel (0-0), 6 p.m.

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No. 8 McNeese State (0-0), Idle

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No. 9 Northern Iowa (0-0) at Iowa (0-0), noon

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No. 10 South Dakota State (0-0) at Missouri (0-0), 3:30 p.m.

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No. 11 Fordham (0-0) vs. Saint Francis, Pa. (0-0), 6 p.m.

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No. 13 Towson (0-0) vs. Central Connecticut State (0-0), 6 p.m.

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No. 15 Tennessee State (0-0) vs. Edward Waters (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 17 Sam Houston State (0-1) vs. Alabama State (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 18 Montana State (0-0) at Arkansas State (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 19 William & Mary (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0), 4 p.m.

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No. 20 Richmond (0-0) vs. Morehead State (0-0), 6 p.m.

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No. 21 Furman (0-0) vs. Gardner-Webb (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 22 Bethune-Cookman (0-0) at FIU (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 23 Northern Arizona (0-0) at San Diego State (0-0), 7 p.m.

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No. 24 Youngstown State (0-0) at Illinois (0-0), noon

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No. 25 Maine (0-0) vs. Norfolk State (0-0), 6 p.m.

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
3rd
SFG 1
KAN 4
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
4th
WASU 30
ARZ 59
 
3rd
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
4th
LAMON 18
TXST 7
 
4th
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 27
 
3rd
COLST 31
WYO 3
 
3rd
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
Half
TENN 10
ALA 27
 
3rd
AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 10
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
3rd
TOR 0
BOS 4
 
3rd
NYI 5
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 3
DET 2
 
3rd
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
3rd
MON 2
NYR 1
 
2nd
STL 1
CHI 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
2nd
MIN 6
TAM 1
 
1st
ARI 0
FLA 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14