Without Robertson, No. 5 Villanova stunned by Penn
(STATS) - James Madison pulled out of a scheduled game with Liberty this season to add an FBS opponent.
It became quite the payday for the No. 9 Dukes on Saturday night because senior quarterback Vad Lee was pure money against SMU.
Lee accounted for 565 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in JMU's 48-45 victory. His 17-yard scoring pass to John Miller with 27 seconds left provided the winning margin and lifted the Dukes to 4-0 this season.
The night didn't work out so well for No. 10 Liberty, either, as it lost to the opponent it added after the JMU change with a 34-13 defeat at Southern Illinois. Liberty defeated JMU in last year's FCS playoffs.
In Dallas, they may have played the game inside Gerald J. Ford Stadium, but Lee was a Cadillac. He completed 20 of 33 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns, although he was intercepted three times. He also rushed for 276 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, leading a 729-yard assault that was JMU's fourth straight over 600 yards.
SMU (1-3) reversed a 41-31 deficit on two Matt Davis touchdown runs over a span of 1:54 in the fourth quarter, which put the Mustangs ahead 45-41 with just over two minutes remaining. Lee then directed the eight-play, 75-yard winning touchdown drive.
"Hats off to our kids for fighting," second-year coach Everett Withers said. "We came into the game with a mind-set: Don't wait. Don't wait to go win this game. Our intent was to come down here and win the game and I don't think there was any point in that game where we didn't think we were going to win the game."
It was JMU's first win over an FBS school since a 21-16 triumph at Virginia Tech on Sept. 11, 2010.
There have been six wins by FCS schools over FBS opponent this season.
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 24=
Penn (1-1) 24, No. 5 Villanova (2-2) 13
Villanova floundered in its first game since losing quarterback John Robertson, the 2014 FCS player of the year, to a torn PCL in his right knee. Penn's Alek Torgersen and wide receiver Justin Watson connected on 12- and 33-yard touchdown passes in the first half, and the Quakers ended a 14-game losing streak in the series (dating to Oct. 14, 1911) and handed first-year coach Ray Priore his first win.
Redshirt freshman Zach Bednarczyk, who provided the fourth-quarter heroics in relief of Robertson against Delaware last Saturday, completed 18 of 31 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown with one interception, adding 23 yards on 10 carries.
Villanova was mistake-ridden, committing three turnovers and 11 penalties, and held the ball for only 20 minutes, 12 seconds. Its bid for another fourth-quarter rally ended when, trailing 17-7, running back Javon White fumbled at the Penn 6 and Quakers linebacker Donald Panciello returned the recovery 90 yards for a touchdown with 6:46 left.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26=
No. 1 Jacksonville State (3-1, 2-0 OVC) 48, UT Martin (1-2, 0-1) 41
The top-ranked Gamecocks built a 48-20 lead and held on after UT Martin quarterback Jarod Neal (433 yards) threw three of his four touchdowns in the final nine minutes.
JSU quarterback Eli Jenkins and wide receiver Josh Barge hooked up for three touchdown passes. Jenkins had 273 yards of total offense and added a rushing touchdown, while Barge caught nine passes for 107 yards. Troymaine Pope remained red-hot with 159 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
No. 2 Coastal Carolina (4-0) 31, Bryant (2-1) 17
Coastal Carolina running back De'Angelo Henderson rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns, including a 1-yarder in the third quarter to break a 17-17 halftime tie. The junior has rushed for at least one touchdown in 18 straight games, which is tied for the all-time Big South Conference lead.
The win was the 99th in the Chanticleers' 13-season history.
No. 6 South Dakota State (3-0) 34, Robert Morris (1-3) 10
Sophomore Jake Wieneke caught seven passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns, sparking South Dakota State.
Quarterback Zach Lujan, who was 25 of 43 for a career-high 395 yards, also threw a touchdown to Brandon Andrews.
No. 8 Chattanooga (3-1) 21, Presbyterian (1-3) 0
Chattanooga allowed only 117 yards and seven first downs, and controlled the clock for 38:30.
Quarterback Jacob Huesman rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and threw for 107 yards and a touchdown with one interception.
Southern Illinois (1-2) 34, No. 10 Liberty (2-2) 13
Daquan Isom, Mark Iannotti, Matt McIntosh and Aaron Stanton all rushed for touchdowns as Southern Illinois knocked off Liberty for its first win.
Flames quarterback Josh Woodrum was 26 of 47 for 277 yards in the loss.
No. 11 Eastern Washington (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky) 28, Sacramento State (1-3, 0-1) 20
Three-time defending Big Sky champ Eastern Washington overcame a 20-7 halftime deficit with three touchdowns in the third quarter. Quarterback Jordan West finished the game 27 of 49 for 491 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
Kendrick Bourne was the standout receiver with seven catches for 204 yards and a touchdown, although Cooper Kupp had his usual big game with 10 receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 12 Sam Houston State (1-2, 1-1 Southland) 63, Houston Baptist (1-3, 0-2) 14
Sam Houston quarterbacks threw for 453 yards, led by Jared Johnson (229 yards, two touchdowns) and Jeremiah Briscoe (225 yards, three touchdowns, one interception).
Wide receivers Gerald Thomas (eight receptions for 164 yards) and LaDarius Brown caught two touchdowns each.
No. 14 Montana (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky) 23, Northern Arizona (2-2, 0-1) 14
Montana totaled eight sacks of NAU's Case Cookus, including three by Nate Holmes.
Chad Chalich's 3-yard touchdown pass to Chase Naccarato with 4:05 left helped seal it.
The Grizzlies built a 16-0 halftime lead before 26,136 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium as Josh Nguyen scored on a 22-yard run and Daniel Sullivan kicked three short field goals.
No. 15 Montana State (2-1, 1-0 Big Sky) 45, Cal Poly (1-3, 0-1) 28
Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop passed for a career-high 399 yards and three touchdowns to fuel the No. 15 Bobcats in the weekend's only matchup between Top 25 teams.
Beau Sandland (five receptions for 156 yards) caught two of Prukop's touchdowns and Chad Newell rushed for 111 yards and three scores. The Bobcats had 602 total yards.
All of the offensive fireworks were enough to overcome Cal Poly's 356 rushing yards. Joe Protheroe and Kori Garcia rushed for 156 and 106 yards, respectively, with a touchdown each.
No. 16 Fordham (3-1) 54, Monmouth (1-3) 31
Quarterback Kevin Anderson threw five touchdowns for the second straight week, finishing 19 of 27 for 340 yards and two interceptions. Running back Chase Edmonds turned both of his receptions into touchdowns and added another score on the ground with 18 carries for 95 yards.
Defensive back J.Q. Bowers had a pair of interceptions in the win.
No. 17 Portland State (3-0) 31, Western Oregon (1-3) 0
Running backs Nate Tago and Steven Long and quarterbacks Alex Kuresa and Josh Kraght each scored on a touchdown run, keeping Portland State unbeaten under interim coach Bruce Barnum.
Xavier Coleman had two of the Vikings' three interceptions. The last time they opened a season 3-0 was when they won their first six in 2000.
No. 18 Eastern Kentucky (2-1, 1-0 OVC) 51, Austin Peay (0-4, 0-1)
Eastern Kentucky cruised to a 30-7 halftime lead and quarterback Bennie Coney was 28 of 35 for 261 yards and a touchdown.
Ethan Thomas scored twice on touchdown runs.
No. 21 New Hampshire (2-2) 57, Central Connecticut State (1-3) 14
UNH quarterback Adam Riese passed for 188 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start and the Wildcats won their final home opener at Cowell Stadium.
Running back Dalton Crossan had 132 yards from scrimmage and scored touchdowns on a run and a reception. Wide receiver Amechie Walker caught two touchdowns.
No. 24 Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) 53, Brown (0-2, 0-1) 27
Three of quarterback Scott Hosch's 12 completions went for touchdowns and Harvard made easy work of Brown to tie its program record with a 12th straight Ivy League win dating to 2013.
Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Noah Reimers added 60 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
No. 25 McNeese State (3-0) 37, Mississippi College (2-2) 0
McNeese State outgained its Division-II opponent 506 yards to 114 in posting its first shutout since 2012.
Cowboys quarterback Daniel Sams was 11 of 16 for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a team-high 78 yards.
No. 3 North Dakota State (2-1)
No. 4 Illinois State (2-1)
No. 7 Northern Iowa (2-1)
No. 13 Youngstown State (2-1)
No. 19 Richmond (2-1)
No. 22 Indiana State (2-1)
No. 23 Southeastern Louisiana (2-1)