Late TD, Win, Keeps North Dakota State On Top Of AGS Poll

North Dakota State Football 2015 (NDSU Athletics via Hero Sports)Special to College Sports Journal

 

MISSOULA, MT. — North Dakota State needed a win in the final seconds at home against Northern Iowa on Saturday for its 31-28 Missouri Valley Football Conference victory, but that enabled the Bison to remain on top of the Any Given Saturday FCS Top-25 poll for the second week in a row.

 

Carson Wentz tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Shepherd with 35 seconds left to vault NDSU to the win. UNI missed a field goal from 38 yards to give the Bison their chance to win in regulation and Wentz responded by pushing NDSU to its 10-play, 79-yard TD drive, which was highlighted by Shepherd’s twisting catch in the corner of the end zone, with two defenders draped on him.

 

UNI (2-3), which has played one of the toughest schedules in FCS this season, fell from sixth to ninth with the loss.

 

The Bison received 40 first votes out of 82 votes cast to edge out Jacksonville State again for the top spot. JSU (4-1) had a bye week, but earned 26 first-place votes.

 

 

James Madison (6-0) remained at No. 3 after outlasting Towson on the road, 51-30. The Dukes pulled in 11 first-place votes.

 

Illinois State and Coastal Carolina swapped places at the four and five positions. 

 

The Redbirds (4-1) survived a scare at then-No. 11 Youngstown State for a 31-29 win when the Penguins scored with 29 seconds left, but missed a game-tying two-point conversion try. ISU tallied one first-place vote.

 

Coastal Carolina (6-0) fell to No. 5 despite four first-place votes and a closer-than-expected 24-17 victory at home against 1-5 Presbyterian as Ryan Granger scored with his fake field goal and kicked three other field goals.

 

Portland State jumped from 19th to 11th in the poll after scoring the most lopsided Football Championship Subdivision victory ever over a Football Bowl Subdivision team, pounding North Texas 66-7. 

It was the second FBS win of the season for Portland State, which beat Washington State 24-17 in its season opener.

 

The fan-based and moderated AGS poll has been widely recognized as the most accurate in FCS since its debut as a fan-based voting service over a decade ago.

 

Readers can read more about the poll and other FCS topics at www.anygivensaturday.com.

 

 

AGS Poll Results – WEEK 6 – 2015

Results for 10/12/2015 AGS Poll:

Previous Wk.

Rank

Team:

Total Points

First Place Votes

1

1

North Dakota State Bison

1976

40

2

2

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

1946

26

3

3

James Madison Dukes

1899

11

5

4

Illinois State Redbirds

1782

1

4

5

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

1709

4

6

6

Chattanooga Mocs

1564

 

8

7

South Dakota State Jackrabbits

1496

 

7

8

Eastern Washington Eagles

1424

 

9

9

Northern Iowa Panthers

1164

 

17

10

McNeese State Cowboys

1162

 

19

11

Portland State Vikings

1121

 

12

12

Fordham Rams

1096

 

11

13

Youngstown State Penguins

988

 

15

14

Sam Houston State Bearkats

935

 

18

15

Eastern Kentucky Colonels

853

 

21

16

Richmond Spiders

779

 

24

17

William & Mary Tribe

694

 

23

18

Montana State Bobcats

569

 

22

19

Harvard Crimson

550

 

14

20

Southeastern Louisiana Lions

389

 

16

21

Indiana State Sycamores

388

 

10

22

Montana Grizzlies

353

 

28

23

Western Illinois Leathernecks

334

 

25

24

New Hampshire Wildcats

315

 

13

25

Liberty Flames

224

 
         
         
   

Most Significant Win:

   
   

Portland State Vikings

   
         
   

Most Significant Loss:

   
   

Montana Grizzlies

   
         
   

ORV:

   

31

26

Dartmouth Big Green

170

 

32

27

Samford Bulldogs

116

 

29

28

Cal Poly Mustangs

87

 

33

29

Lamar Cardinals

81

 

34

30

Southern Illinois Salukis

74

 

39

31

Southern Utah Thunderbirds

51

 

20

32

Villanova Wildcats

49

 

27

33

North Dakota

44

 

NR

34T

Charleston Southern Buccaneers

39

 

35

34T

Jacksonville Dolphins

39

 

NR

36T

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

27

 

40

36T

Princeton Tigers

27

 

26

38

Furman Paladins

22

 

NR

39

Campbell Fighting Camels

20

 

NR

40

Dayton Flyers

18

 
         
   

Fell Out Of Poll:

   
 

30

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

   
 

37

Stony Brook Seawolves

   
 

36

Wofford Terriers

   
 

38

Yale Bulldogs

   

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