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FCS Top 25 Roundup - Week 1

Mount Pleasant, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - No team left out of the FCS playoffs last season may have had a better argument for an at-large bid than Chattanooga.

So the way an upset of an FBS team slipped out of the Mocs' grasp Thursday night surely hurt when they opened the 2014 season.

The 14th-ranked, preseason favorites from the Southern Conference scored the first 16 points at Central Michigan only to let the lead slip away in a 20-16 loss to the Chippewas.

Central Michigan, a Mid-American Conference program coming off a 6-6 season, ran off 20 straight points to win the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Blake Serpa's interception of Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman 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.

Huesman and senior wide receiver Tommy Hudson connected on a pair of second- quarter touchdowns to spark the Mocs to the 16-0 lead. Hudson caught an 8-yard pass in coverage in the back of the Central Michigan end zone with 9:35 left and then turned a sideline screen pass into a 70-yard score at the 3:34 mark.

Central Michigan held on to win despite making two special teams mistakes in the fourth quarter. Mocs defensive standout Davis Tull blocked Ron Coluzzi's 22-yard field goal attempt with 10:35 left and a high snap on a Central Michigan punt set the Mocs up in Chippewas territory with 4:26 to play.

Rush threw for two touchdowns and Thomas Rawls had 121 rushing yards and one touchdown for Central Michigan. Huesman finished 12-of-23 for 137 yards and three interceptions.

Chattanooga finished 8-4 and in a three-way tie for the SoCon championship last season.

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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 scored on a 2-yard run and threw an 11-yard touchdown to Jimmy Lera and a 32-yard Hail Mary to Adam Drake to end the game.

Manley finished 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

Friday, Aug. 29

No. 6 Jacksonville State (0-0) at Michigan State (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

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No. 12 Villanova (0-0) at Syracuse (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

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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.

08/28 22:43:58 ET

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