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Week 12 FCS Top 25 Roundup

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No. 2 Eastern Illinois (10-1, 7-0 OVC) 52,

No. 22 Jacksonville State (8-3, 4-3) 14

Eastern Illinois clinched the Ohio Valley Conference title and its automatic playoff bid with a decisive victory over No. 22 Jacksonville State. Sophomore running back Shepard Little rushed for 245 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries for the Panthers, and he threw a touchdown pass.

Eastern Illinois notched 413 rushing yards in the effort, which included 111 yards and two touchdowns from junior Jimmy Lera. One week after rushing for 299 yards against Eastern Kentucky, the Gamecocks were held by EIU to 98 rushing and 253 total offensive yards.

No. 6 Maine (10-1, 7-0 CAA) 41, Rhode Island (3-9, 2-6) 0

Maine clinched the CAA Football title and the conference's automatic FCS playoff bid with a shutout win against Rhode Island. It was the fourth time this season the Rams have been shut out in a contest.

Black Bears quarterback Marcus Wasilewski completed 22-of-26 passing for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Rickey Stevens rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

No. 10 Towson (9-2, 5-2 CAA) 15, No. 16 William & Mary (7-4, 4-3) 9

William & Mary's nation-leading scoring defense did all it could, but Towson running back Terrance West was too much to handle. The junior carried the ball 30 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns and accounted for the Tigers' two touchdowns.

Tribe kicker John Carpenter kicked three field goals, and sophomore running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor rushed for 105 yards on 20 carries in the losing effort.

No. 11 Coastal Carolina (10-1, 4-1 Big South) 46,

Presbyterian (3-7, 1-3) 13

Despite an injury suffered last weekend against Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was the star performer with 132 yards and two touchdowns. He set the Big South Conference record with his 24th touchdown, surpassing the 23 that Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet had last year.

The Chanticleers racked up 642 yards of total offense, including 410 team rushing, and 32 first downs. They face FBS South Carolina to end the season.

Gardner-Webb (6-5, 1-3 Big South) 27, No. 13 Charleston Southern (10-2, 3-1) 10

Gardner-Webb's first Big South win stunned Charleston Southern to tighten the conference title race. Coastal Carolina moved back into first place at 4-1 with the two 3-1 squads - Liberty and Charleston Southern - set to meet next Saturday.

Gardner-Webb built a 20-0 halftime lead and J.J. Hubbard scored on an 87-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. CSU standout running back Christian Reyes was limited to 32 yards on 13 carries.

No. 20 Lehigh (8-2, 3-1 Patriot) 31, Colgate (4-7, 3-2) 14

Keith Sherman rushed for 184 yards and one touchdown and quarterback Nick Shafnisky threw a pair of touchdowns to Lee Kurfis to fuel Lehigh.

Lehigh will host Lafayette in the 149th meeting between the two rivals next Saturday, with the winner securing the Patriot League title and automatic playoff bid.

Richmond (5-6, 3-4 CAA) 46, No. 21 Delaware (7-4, 4-3) 43

Michael Strauss' 3-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Diggs with four seconds left lifted Richmond to its third straight CAA Football win and likely ended Delaware's bid for an FCS playoff berth.

Strauss completed 35-of-46 pass attempts for 543 yards and five touchdowns.

Delaware quarterback Trent Hurley returned from an injury to throw for 286 yards and four touchdowns. The Blue Hens had gone ahead 43-39 on Andrew Pierce's 11-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds remaining before Richmond drove 75 yards on seven drives for the winning score.

Appalachian State (3-8, 3-4 Southern) 33, No. 24 Wofford (5-5, 4-3) 21

Wofford was knocked from the playoff picture by dropping its third straight Southern Conference game.

Appalachian State freshman Marcus Cox rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries, and Kameron Bryant was 33-of-43 for 305 yards and a touchdown pass to Tony Washington.

No. 25 Princeton (8-1, 6-0 Ivy) 59, Yale (5-4, 3-3) 23

Princeton clinched a share of the Ivy League title - its first since 2006 - and can win the outright crown with a win at Dartmouth or a Harvard loss to Yale next Saturday.

As Princeton reached the 50-point mark for the fifth time this season, quarterback Quinn Epperly threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one. Jakobi Johnson scored on a 46-yard kickoff return and Phillip Bhaya returned an interception 34 yards for a score.

Saturday, Nov. 16

All Times ET

No. 1 North Dakota State (9-0, 6-0 Missouri Valley) at No. 15 Youngstown State (8-2, 5-1), 2 p.m.

Weber State (1-9, 0-6 Big Sky) at No. 7 Montana (8-2, 4-2), 2 p.m.

No. 19 South Dakota State (6-4, 3-3 Missouri Valley) at South Dakota (4-6, 3-3), 2 p.m.

No. 17 Chattanooga (8-2, 6-1 Southern) at Samford (6-4, 4-2), 3 p.m.

No. 5 Fordham (10-0) at Lafayette (3-6), 3:30 p.m.

No. 23 New Hampshire (5-4, 4-2 CAA) at Albany (1-9, 0-6), 3:30 p.m.

No. 3 Eastern Washington (8-2, 6-0 Big Sky) at Cal Poly (5-5, 4-2), 3:40 p.m.

No. 4 Sam Houston State (8-2, 4-1 Southland) at No. 14 Southeastern Louisiana (8-2, 5-0), 4 p.m.

Hampton (4-6, 4-2 MEAC) at No. 18 Bethune-Cookman (8-2, 5-1), 4 p.m.

Northern Colorado (1-9, 0-6 Big Sky) at No. 12 Northern Arizona (7-2, 5-1), 6 p.m.

Southern Utah (7-3, 4-2 Big Sky) at No. 8 Montana State (7-3, 5-1), 6:05 p.m.

Northwestern State (5-5, 2-3 Southland) at No. 9 McNeese State (8-2, 4-1), 8 p.m.

11/16 16:43:14 ET



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