Quarterback Keenan Reynolds rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns to help Navy beat Indiana 41-35, the visiting Midshipmen’s second win over the Hoosiers in as many years.
Darius Staten ran for 106 yards and Geoffrey Whiteside added 97 yards as Navy piled up 444 yards on the ground. Chris Swain and Noah Copeland each had a first-half rushing TD as the Midshipmen (1-0) went up 17-0.
Akron 35, JMU 33
In a seesaw game in Ohio, James Madison (1-1) barely failed to gain its fifth all-time win against an FBS foe.
The Dukes’ Michael Birdsong was 29-of-43 for 310 yards, one touchdown and one interception, but after his final completion, the clock ran out before JMU could attempt a winning field goal, leaving Dukes coach Mickey Matthews irate.
A sack of Birdsong on a 2-point try that would’ve tied the game in the fourth quarter proved crucial.
Kyle Pohl and Nick Hirschman each threw two touchdown passes for Akron (1-1). JMU's Dae'Quan Scott rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Rutgers 38, Norfolk State 0
Paul James rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start to help Rutgers breeze past Norfolk State in Piscataway, N.J.
Gary Nova completed 12-of-21 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown for Rutgers (1-1), which scored on three of its first five possessions. Special teams also played a pivotal role as Quron Pratt blocked a punt to set up the first touchdown.
Savon Huggins chipped in with a rushing score to go along with 93 yards on the ground, while Ruhann Peele caught a touchdown pass. Malik Stokes started at quarterback for Norfolk State (0-2) but struggled mightily, throwing nine straight incompletions to open the game before finishing 0-for-10 with an interception.
Muhlenberg 59, Apprentice 6
The Builders opened with a loss to the Mules, who outscored them 35-6 in the first half in Allentown, Pa.
Apprentice’s highlights was Jonathan Whelan’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Elmore with 7:22 left in the second quarter, which cut Muhlenberg’s lead to 21-6.
Whelan was 18-of-31 for 120 yards but was sacked three times. He also led Apprentice with 43 yards on 17 carries.
Joe Carlucci, the first of three Muhlenberg quarterbacks to play, was 11-of-15 for 167 yards and two TDs.
VMI 34, Glenville State 27
A late goal-line stand earned the FCS Keydets (1-1) a home victory over Glenville State (0-1), a Division II team from West Virginia that funds 19 full football scholarships to VMI’s 62.
Glenville State had third-and-goal from the 1, but Lee Rahmann was stopped for no gain, then quarterback Steffen Colon was stopped for no gain on the final play of the game.
VMI’s Erick Kordenbrock threw for a career-high four touchdowns and ran for another, and he broke the Keydets’ career completions record.
Virginia State 29, Fayetteville State 28
Devonte Hunt kicked a 30-yard field goal on the final play to give Virginia State a victory at CIAA rival Fayetteville State.
Two transfers from James Madison made their VSU debuts a huge success.
Justin Thorpe, a JMU graduate with a sixth year of eligibility, was 20-of-28 for 190 yards and a touchdown pass. Jordan Anderson ran for 182 yards and two TDs on 29 carries in his first game with the Trojans, hgelping them drive 73 yards to set up the winning kick.
New VSU coach Latrell Scott, a former Hampton University tight end, was an assistant at JMU last season when Thorpe and Anderson played for the Dukes.
Marcus Coker rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown as Stony Brook, ranked 13th in FCS, beat Rhode Island 24-0 in the Seawolves’ first CAA game. ...
Charlotte improved to 2-0 in its first football season, hammering visiting Chowan 47-7 before more than 16,000 fans.
Three-time All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association receiver Robert Holland, a Woodside High graduate who was playing his first full game since 2011, had nine catches for 129 yards. ...
Newberry edged host Elizabeth City State 35-32 despite a superlative effort by the Vikings' Casey Turner.
Turner, a Great Bridge High product making his first start for ECSU, was 25-of-40 for 374 yards and two touchdowns. ...
Bethune-Cookman, ranked 25th in FCS, romped past Virginia Union 66-7 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
B-CU seniors Brodrick Waters and Jackie Wilson and junior Quentin Williams each threw a touchdown pass and combined to complete 13 of 20 passes for 182 yards.
Eric Shaw led the Panthers with 14 carries for 65 yards, but Division II VUU was overmatched in its opener.
The game was first meeting between the two programs since the 1953 Tropical Bowl, which Virginia Union won 13-0.
Hampden-Sydney whipped visiting Averett 42-12 as Nash Nance, a transfer from the Tennessee Volunteers, was 24-of-28 for 372 yards and four toouchdowns, with Holton Walker making 14 of those catches for 235 yards and two TDs.
Nance rushed for 75 yards and two TDs on eight carries. ...
Johns Hopkins won 38-14 at Randolph-Macon, though R-MC’s Zac Naccarato threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Hopkins’ Robbie Matey threw for 318 yards. ...
Host Bridgewater routed St. Vincent 57-0, the Eagles’ largest margin of victory in a season opener in school history. Willie Logan played a role in four TDs and amassed more than 200 yards of offense. ...
Host Emory and Henry handled Ferrum 49-13 as Kyle Boden was 26-of-31 for 309 yards and three TDs.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun