October 12, 2009

FOOTBALL MOVES UP TO NO. 4 IN SPORTS NETWORK FCS TOP 25 NATIONAL POLL

Philadelphia (Sports Network) - Richmond survived another Colonial Athletic Association challenge on Saturday at James Madison and retained its No. 1 ranking in the latest Sports Network FCS Top-25 Poll on Monday.

The Spiders (5-0) needed a fourth-quarter comeback to beat JMU 21-17 at Bridgeforth Stadium, but Richmond received 119 of 131 first-place votes to stay on top for the sixth week in a row.
 
Northern Iowa (5-1) grabbed 11 first-place votes and moved up one spot to No. 2. The Panthers hammered out a 42-27 over North Dakota State at the Fargodome in Missouri Valley Football Conference play.
 
There was plenty of movement in the poll with 11 of the top 25 teams from the previous week losing on Saturday.
 
Montana (5-0) also gained one position to No. 3 with its 35-23 victory over then-No. 15 Cal Poly at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in a key non-conference tilt. Cal Poly (2-3) tumbled to 19th after seeing the Grizzlies rally for 21 fourth-quarter points.
 
New Hampshire (5-0) picked up one slot and one first-place vote to move to No. 4 with its 28-24 downing of previously-second-ranked Villanova (5-1) for a CAA homecoming win at Cowell Stadium. Villanova dropped to No. 6 in the poll.
 
Southern Illinois (4-1) became the new No. 5 team with a fourth-quarter outburst of its own. The host Salukis scored the final 20 points in the second half to break a 23-all tie with Illinois State and won 43-23 at McAndrew Stadium in MVFC play.
 
William & Mary (5-1) got a boost to after a slow start at Northeastern and bounced up to No. 7 with a 34-14 CAA decision at Parsons Field.
 
Elon (5-1) jumped two spots to No. 8 with its 43-7 Southern Conference victory over The Citadel at home at Rhodes Stadium.
 
Appalachian State (3-2) remained in the ninth position with a 55-21 home victory over North Carolina Central in a non-conference game.
 
Central Arkansas (4-1) completed the top-10 after its 34-0 blanking of Northwestern State in a Southland Conference game at Turpin Stadium.
 
South Carolina State (4-1) skyrocketed six places to No. 11 with a 37-10 victory at Norfolk State in MEAC action as the second 10 was juggled around.
 
Jacksonville State (4-2) stormed up from 18th to 12th with a 41-7 victory over Murray State on the road and McNeese State (3-2) dropped from seventh to 13th with a 16-13 Southland Conference loss at Stephen F. Austin.
 
South Dakota State (4-1) hopped from 20th to 14th with a 24-17 win at Missouri State, Weber State (3-3) climbed back from 21st to 15th by thumping then-No. 14 Eastern Washington 31-13 on the road. Eastern Washington (4-2) fell all the way to 21st with the loss.
 
James Madison's second loss in a row caused the Dukes (2-3) to stumble from 13th to 16th, but Colgate (6-0) overcame an upset bid from Princeton to win 21-14 in double overtime and rose all the way from 23rd to 17th.
 
Massachusetts (3-2) lost four spots in the poll to No. 18 after a crushing 43-27 loss at Delaware.
 
Stephen F. Austin (4-1) entered the poll for the first time since 2005 by virtue of its victory over McNeese State. The Lumberjacks are 20th in this week's poll.
 
Delaware (4-2) also made its first appearance of 2009 at No. 23 with its upset of UMass. The Blue Hens were last ranked in 2008.
 
Florida A&M (4-1) remained No. 22 with a 48-16 loss to Miami, but Eastern Kentucky (3-2) plummeted from No. 16 to No. 24 with a 20-17 loss to Tennessee State at home in Ohio Valley Conference play.
 
Holy Cross (4-1) lost six places with a 34-31 loss on the road to Brown, falling from 19th to 25th.
 
Two schools fell out of the poll. Montana State dropped from 24th with its 23-10 home to Northern Arizona and Eastern Illinois lost the No. 25 spot after a 52-3 setback, its second consecutive loss, at Penn State.
 
1. Richmond Spiders (119) 5-0 3,253 1
2. Northern Iowa Panthers (11) 5-1 3,050 3
3. Montana Grizzlies 5-0 2,936 4
4. New Hampshire Wildcats (1) 5-0 2,923 5
5. Southern Illinois Salukis 4-1 2,646 6
6. Villanova Wildcats 5-1 2,557 2
7. William & Mary Tribe 5-1 2,403 8
8. Elon Phoenix 5-1 2,292 10
9. Appalachian State Mountaineers 3-2 2,219 9
10. Central Arkansas Bears 4-1 2,129 11
11. South Carolina State Bulldogs 4-1 1,626 17
12. Jacksonville State Gamecocks 4-2 1,554 18
13. McNeese State Cowboys 3-2 1,455 7
14. South Dakota State Jackrabbits 4-1 1,345 20
15. Weber State Wildcats 3-3 1,240 21
16. James Madison Dukes 2-3 1,134 13
17. Colgate Raiders 6-0 1,007 23
18. Massachusetts Minutemen 3-2 950 12
19. Cal Poly Mustangs 2-3 785 15
20. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 4-1 733 NR
21. Eastern Washington Eagles 4-2 718 17
22. Florida A&M Rattlers 4-1 547 22
23. Delaware Blue Hens 4-2 530 NR
24. Eastern Kentucky Colonels 3-2 476 16
25. Holy Cross Crusaders 4-1 342 19
Others receiving votes: Liberty 255, Eastern Illinois 227, Harvard 213, Northern Arizona 182, Prairie View A&M 161, Chattanooga 84, Lafayette 65, Furman 57, Tennessee State 53, Montana State 50, Brown 49, Youngstown State 48, UC Davis 36, Morgan State 35, Albany 31, Maine 31, Gardner-Webb 21, Tennessee Tech 20, Butler 19, Central Connecticut State 13, Grambling State 11, Southeastern Louisiana 8, Southern 7, North Dakota 7, Hampton 6, Hofstra 6, Alabama A&M 5, Charleston Southern 5, Southern Utah 4, Georgia Southern 3, Old Dominion 3, Sam Houston State 3, Missouri State 2, Samford 2, Texas State 2, Drake 1.
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