Week 1 FCS Top 25 Roundup

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East Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Apparently, the Towson Tigers really want to leave no doubt.

"Leave No Doubt" is the team's motto this year after the Tigers were denied an at-large bid to the FCS playoffs by the NCAA selection committee last season.

Towson, 11th-ranked in The Sports Network FCS Top 25, started building its resume Thursday night by posting a first-ever win over an FBS opponent, upsetting Connecticut, 33-18, at Rentschler Field.

Towson (1-0) had lost its previous six games against FBS opponents, but had won its only other matchup against UConn when both teams were members of NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) in 1993.

Junior running backs Terrance West and Sterlin Phifer scored two touchdowns each in the win.

Phifer caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peter Athens in the first quarter and scored on a 5-yard run with 7:04 left in the second quarter to put the Tigers ahead for good, 13-7.

UConn (0-1) closed within 13-10 by halftime, but Athens' 1-yard scoring run capped a 95-yard drive for Towson in the third quarter, making it 19-10.

In the fourth quarter, Towson put the game away on West's two touchdown runs on fourth downs. He finished with 156 yards on 36 carries and raised his career touchdown total to 46 in 22 career games.

Towson head coach Rob Ambrose, the 2011 Eddie Robinson Award winner as FCS coach of the year, was a second-year assistant with the Tigers when they defeated UConn in 1993. He also was an assistant with the Huskies for seven seasons from 2002-08.

"It's surreal," Ambrose said after the upset.

Towson held the ball for nearly 13 more minutes than UConn and had a 393-290 advantage in total yards.

After reaching the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl following the 2010 season, UConn has slumped to 5-7 in each of the past two seasons under third-year coach Paul Pasqualoni. The Huskies hadn't lost to an FCS opponent since 2001 - their second transitional season as an FBS program.

The Sports Network FCS Top 25

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Thursday, Aug. 29

No. 2 Montana State (1-0) 42, Monmouth (0-1) 24

The Bobcats jumped to a 39-3 halftime lead and had 561 yards of total offense while cruising to the season-opening win.

Walter Payton Award candidate DeNarius McGhee completed 19-of-27 passes for 270 yards, but failed to throw for a touchdown. Cody Kirk rushed for a pair of touchdowns.

No. 7 Central Arkansas (1-0) 58, Incarnate Word (0-1) 7

The Bears rolled to their 13th straight win on their three-year-old gray-and- purple turf at Estes Stadium.

Quarterback Wynrick Smothers was 27-of-31 for 267 yards and one touchdown. Running backs Blake Veasley and Danzel Williams and wide receiver Jatavious Wilson scored two touchdowns each.

Ball State (1-0) 51, No. 13 Illinois State (0-1) 28

Ball State overcame a 21-9 deficit in the second quarter by scoring six unanswered touchdowns.

Iowa State transfer Jared Barnett completed 20-of-29 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his debut with Illinois State.

Junior college transfer Collin Keoshian scored on a pair of short runs, but only finished with 10 yards on eight carries.

UT Martin (1-0) 31, No. 24 Chattanooga (0-1) 21

D.J. McNeil (134 yards) and Trent Garland (116) both went over 100 rushing yards and scored one touchdown as UT Martin earned an impressive road win.

Chattanooga failed to make the most of UTM's three turnovers and 10 penalties. Quarterback Jacob Huesman had 316 yards of total offense (226 passing, 90 rushing) and threw for three touchdowns, including a pair to tight end Faysal Shafaat.

Friday, Aug. 30

No. 1 North Dakota State (0-0) at Kansas State (0-0), 8:30 p.m.

No. 18 Northern Arizona (0-0) at Arizona (0-0), 10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 31

No. 5 Villanova (0-0) at Boston College (0-0), noon

Savannah State (0-0) at No. 8 Georgia Southern (0-0), 6 p.m.

Central Connecticut (0-0) at No. 19 James Madison (0-0), 6 p.m.

No. 4 Eastern Washington (0-0) at Oregon State (0-0), 6 p.m.

VMI (0-0) at No. 16 Richmond (0-0), 6 p.m.

No. 25 Coastal Carolina (0-0) at South Carolina State (0-0), 6 p.m.

Houston Baptist (0-0) at No. 3 Sam Houston State (0-0), 7 p.m.

Butler (0-0) at No. 6 South Dakota State (0-0), 7 p.m.

San Diego (0-0) at No. 14 Cal Poly (0-0), 7:05 p.m.

No. 8 Wofford (0-0) at Baylor (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

No. 17 Northern Iowa (0-0) at Iowa State (0-0), 8 p.m.

No. 21 Eastern Illinois (0-0) at San Diego State (0-0), 8 p.m.

No. 12 Appalachian State (0-0) at No. 20 Montana (0-0), 9 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 1

No. 23 Bethune-Cookman (0-0) at Tennessee State (0-0), 8 p.m.

Idle

No. 10 New Hampshire Wildcats (0-0)

No. 16. Stony Brook Seawolves (0-0)

No. 22. Lehigh Mountain Hawks (0-0)

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