Florida A&M and Jackson State are set to cap the first full weekend of the 2022 FCS college football season on Sunday.
Even this weekend’s game has to work hard to keep up with FCS’ excellence from the past three days.
Turmoil – often the lifeblood of FCS – including two wins over FBS competition, featured on the big schedule over the extended Labor Day weekend.
Here are 10 quick ideas from week one:
William and Mary, Delaware Xtime, “FC-YES!”
CAA Football is not only the biggest FCS conference, it’s one of the best. After amassing its first two FCS wins of the season against FBS opponents—William Marie beat Charlotte 41-24 and topped the Delaware Navy 14-7—the CAA has racked up 42 wins all-time on a Class I and one of at least 10 different programs since 2013 Darius Wilson has had 305 yards of total attack and two touchdown passes to supply W&M, while Nolan Henderson threw for two TDs and linebacker Johnny Buchanan tied a school record with 23 tackles in UD coach Ryan Carty’s first win.
Jackrabbits drop physical relationship in Iowa
One of the most exciting matches didn’t even see a touchdown – there were two field goals and two steps into the 7-3 loss at South Dakota State in Iowa. It was both physical and painful: SDSU managed just 120 yards on 57 plays (average 2.1 yards) and Iowa managed 166 yards on 61 plays (2.7). Jackrabbits All-America player Adam Buck had 13 tackles high in the game, but All-America’s tight end Tucker Kraft suffered an ankle injury in his only reception in the first quarter, later returning from visiting the locker room as he walked in Shoe.
Top rated bison off and running
Top-ranked North Dakota State raised the 2021 FCS Championship Banner to the Fargodome group before the season opener, then went out and Drake won 56-14. Eight Bison scored various touches, including a prohibited away goal (Destin Talbert), a return kick (Jaden Price) and a scoop and scoring (Will Mostart). It was Bison’s seventh straight win in the season opener and 24th in a row in the opener.
Smashing debut for UIW Scott, Ken
The first game of the season that featured two ranked teams—#14 UIW hosts #9 in southern Illinois—was delayed by lightning and a power outage on the field, but, make no mistake, Cardinals Lindsey Scott Jr. provided enough power to light over Benson Stadium. He hit UIW SIU 64-29 as Nicholls’ transmission passed for 391 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for another score. His dominant play helped GJ Kinne win his debut as a coach.
Stock Up: After Western Carolina lost its first six games to head coach Kerwin Bell last year, the Catamounts have won four of their last five games in the Southern Conference while averaging 43.2 points in that period — or an average of 20 more than the first. Six matches. They opened the 2022 campaign with a 52-38 victory at the Charleston Southern as Carlos Davis passed for a school record six TDs—all to different receivers—and 433 yards. The score was the highest in Catamounts in five years.
Stock Down: Kennesaw State finished eighth in pre-season and All-America quarterback Xavier Sheppard featured in the program’s vaunted triple-option attack controls, but the return of only three defensive players was evident in the 27-17 loss to Samford. Quarterback Michael Herrs threw four touchdowns — two each for Kendall Watson and Chandler Smith — to bring down the Owls, who will visit Cincinnati next and likely drop to 0-2.
Mixed results for Payton Prize successors
Over the past year and a half, quarterbacks Cole Kelly of Southeast Louisiana (the 2020 season, played in the spring of 2021) and Eric Barrier of East Washington (2021) have flipped the top two in the voting while both winning Walter Payton. . With the two out to pursue professional careers, their successors opened the new season with mixed results. EWU won the race 36-29 over Tennessee State as Gunner Talkington completed 29 of 46 passes for 348 yards and five touchdowns, adding another 60 yards over nine carts. Falling southeast at Louisiana 24-7, Cephus Johnson was on 22 of 34, but for only 149 yards and an interception, adding 48 yards on 10 gigs.
Lafayette hasn’t finished a full-season winning record since 2009, but the Patriot League program opened Jon Troxell’s coaching era by closing in 6-0 for the two-time Northeast Conference champion. 18-yard quarterback Ryan Schuster held on in the third quarter, but not before the Panthers rejected Sacred Heart in three consecutive plays from their one-yard streak in the final seconds.
Houston Baptiste trailed last season 0-11 with a 46-34 win over Northern Colorado. Justin Fumbe threw for four touchdowns, and freshman running back Ismail Mehdi scored in a 74-yard screen pass and sprinted for 78 yards.
sweep the treasure state
The third- and fourth-placed state of Montana beat Southland programs from Louisiana. San Diego State transfer, Lucas Johnson had 284 total foul yards and four passes from TD as Montana closed Northwestern State 47-0. With Montana State’s Isaiah Ifanse (3,461 yards of career path) recovering from injury, Lynn Sumner ran 218 yards into the melee (168 lunges, 50 receivers), and the Bobcats pulled away for McNeese 40-17.
Richard Fools, North Carolina Former Central Contender
Perhaps with a 45-0 and 54-0 loss in Oberclassmen memories, North Carolina Central ended a four-game losing streak against North Carolina A&T 28-13 as the Agee Eagle Classic celebrated its 100th year in competition. NCCU quarterback Davius Richard excelled in two touchdowns in the air and on the ground. She’s about to get tougher for NC A&T as she then travels to North Dakota and Duke.
News & Notes
Three players crossed the 200 yard rushing: Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Kavon Britten scored 237 and three touchdowns in a 48-42 win over North America; Tennessee State Devon Starling 207 vs Eastern Washington. and Youngstown State’s Jaleel McLaughlin 203 and three TDs in a 31-14 win over Duquesne. …Dayton’s Rick Chamberlain took his 100th career victory as the Flyers beat Robert Morris 22-20. …Jacksonville State started 2-0 in their final FCS season, with quarterback Zion Webb capturing eight touchdowns in victories over the 2021 FCS playoffs Stephen F. Austin and Davidson. Conversely, FBS-bound Sam Houston fell to Texas Tech 31-0, the 2020 FCS champion’s first loss since 2014 (56-0 against LSU). … Hampton halted Howard’s late charge 31-28 to extend his winning streak in the “Battle of Real Ho” to six. Christopher Zelos provided the opening score for the Buccaneers at 89 yards. … Stetson quarterback Brady Metz and wide receiver Quinton Lane connected on a 98-yard TD pass in a 24-14 win over Concordia. …the Southerner scored 42 points in the first quarter en route to an 86-0 win from the NAIA Florida Memorial. …Two FCS programs fell into overtime to FBS opponents: Saint Francis (30-23 to Akron) and Bryant (38-37 to FIU).