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FCS Roundup: Week Three

Each week we take a look at some of the most interesting storylines from the FCS level. Here's what you need to know about week three.

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The coaches' poll top five had a couple of close calls, but they all managed to come away unscathed in week three action.

  • Furman kicker Jon Croft Hollingsworth buried a 55-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter that pulled the Paladins ahead of FBS foe Central Florida, and that proved to be the game winner with a final score of 16-15. The Furman defense absolutely stymied the Knights' passing game, allowing just 98 yards and forcing three interceptions.
  • #1 Coastal Carolina survived a scare from Western Illinois but pulled out a 34-27 victory. Chanticleers running back De'Angelo Henderson scored the go-ahead TD midway thru the fourth quarter, but the Leathernecks made Coastal head coach Joe Moglia sweat the whole way -- there were eight total lead changes in the game. Henderson had 165 yards on the ground and is now second in the FCS in rushing yards.
  • #4 Villanova came from behind to beat Delaware 28-21 despite losing All-American quarterback John Robertson to injury in the fourth quarter. Backup QB Zack Bednarczyk threw a touchdown pass to tie the game with 6:18 left, then ran for a 21-yard touchdown with two minutes left to clinch the win. Robertson had an MRI on Monday and will be held out of Thursday's game against Penn.
  • Eastern Illinois took #5 Illinois State to overtime, but fumbled away their first opportunity in the extra period. That allowed the Redbirds to play for a field goal, which they converted to win 34-31.
  • #10 Liberty upset #15 Montana (previously ranked #14 and #7, respectively) by the final score of 31-21. Grizzlies QB Brady Gustafson left the game early with a leg injury and his replacement, Chad Chalich, went 14-28 for 228 yards and a touchdown. Montana is now 1-2 on the season after the huge opening-day win over North Dakota State.
  • Harvard won its 15th game in a row, this time crushing Rhode Island 41-10. Crimson QB Scott Hosch threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns. The Ivy League all played their first games of the season in week three. With such a late start, it seems like the coaches have almost forgotten about the Crimson. They were ranked #22 in the preseason, but are down in the "others receiving votes" category this week.
Bob Stitt and the Griz look to get back on track this week when they take on Northern Arizona, while Bryant vs. Coastal Carolina and Lehigh vs. Princeton are also matchups to keep an eye on. And don't be surprised if #8 James Madison, which features one of the best rushing attacks in the FCS, gives SMU some trouble this weekend.