FCS Top 25 Roundup: Playoffs taking shape
(STATS) – A number of teams were left to wait and hope for FCS at-large playoff bids, but 10 teams were going to have automatic bids in hand by the end of Saturday's big day of college football action.
Charleston Southern (Big South) clinched its conference's spot on Saturday, joining six teams that already had qualified for the 24-team field. The Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley and Southland bids also were up for grabs.
The playoff field, which includes 14 at-large teams, will be announced on an ESPNU selection show at 11 a.m. ET Sunday.
Eastern Washington (Big Sky), James Madison (CAA Football), Lehigh (Patriot), Saint Francis (Northeast), San Diego (Pioneer) and The Citadel (Southern) had clinched automatic bids prior to Saturday's action.
The Ivy League, MEAC and SWAC don't sent their champions to the playoffs.
STATS FCS TOP 25 SCHEDULE
Saturday, Nov. 19
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No. 6 James Madison 63, Elon 14
James Madison (10-1, 8-0) finished off a perfect season in CAA Football by gaining 699 yards of offense. Quarterback Cole Johnson, in his first start, was 12 of 13 for 274 yards and two touchdowns to Domo Taylor, while Khalid Abdullah rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown.
William & Mary 34, No. 7 Richmond 13
Kendell Anderson carried the ball 42 times for 219 yards and two touchdowns as William & Mary (5-6, 3-5) ended a five-game losing streak to rival Richmond (8-3, 5-3), which might have blown a seed and first-round bye in the playoffs.
The Spiders also lost quarterback Kyle Lauletta to a possible season-ending knee injury.
No. 14 Charleston Southern 28, Kennesaw State 7
Darius Hammond carried the ball 17 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns as Charleston Southern (7-3, 4-1) earned a share of the Big South title with Liberty and claimed the automatic playoff bid.
No. 19 Lehigh 45, Lafayette 21
In the 152nd meeting of college football's most-played series, Lehigh (9-2, 6-0) completed a perfect season in the Patriot League. Nick Shafnisky passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Troy Pelletier.
No. 20 Wofford 17, VMI 0
With its third shutout of the season, Wofford (8-3, 6-2 Southern) likely locked down its first playoff bid since 2012. Lorenzo Long rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Wagner 31, No. 25 Saint Francis 24
Wagner built a 31-7 lead after three quarters to prevent playoff-bound Saint Francis from winning an outright Northeast Conference title. Duquesne gained a share with the Red Flash (7-4, 5-1).
Seahawks quarterback Alex Thomson passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns while the defense had three interceptions against Saint Francis' Zack Drayer.
UT Martin (7-4, 6-1 OVC) at No. 2 Jacksonville State (9-1, 6-0), 2 p.m.
Montana State (3-7, 1-6 Big Sky) at No. 22 Montana (6-4, 3-4), 2 p.m.
No. 9 North Carolina A&T (9-1, 7-0 MEAC) at No. 24 North Carolina Central (8-2, 7-0), 2 p.m.
No. 15 Youngstown State (7-3, 5-2 Missouri Valley) at Missouri State (4-6, 2-5), 3 p.m.
No. 4 North Dakota State (9-1, 6-1 Missouri Valley) at South Dakota (4-6, 3-4), 3 p.m.
No. 23 Western Illinois (6-4, 3-4 Missouri Valley) at Southern Illinois (3-7, 1-6), 3 p.m.
No. 17 Grambling State (7-1, 7-0 SWAC) at Texas Southern (4-6, 4-4), 3 p.m.
No. 13 Villanova (7-3, 5-2 CAA) at Delaware (4-6, 2-5), 3:30 p.m.
No. 18 Samford (7-3, 5-2 Southern) at East Tennessee State (4-6, 1-6), 3:30 p.m.
No. 5 The Citadel (10-0) at North Carolina (7-3), 3:30 p.m.
No. 11 Central Arkansas (9-1, 8-0 Southland) at No. 1 Sam Houston State (10-0, 8-0), 3:30 p.m.
No. 8 South Dakota State (7-3, 6-1 Missouri Valley) at Northern Iowa (5-5, 4-3), 5 p.m.
No. 12 Chattanooga (8-2) at Alabama (10-0), 7 p.m.
Northern Colorado (6-4, 4-3 Big Sky) at No. 21 Cal Poly (6-4, 4-3), 9:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18
No. 3 Eastern Washington 35, Portland State 28
EWU overcame a 28-21 deficit after three quarters to clinch a share of its fourth Big Sky title in five years. The Eagles (10-1, 8-0) claimed the conference's automatic bid to the playoffs because of a higher Sagarin rating than North Dakota, which will receive an at-large bid.
Sophomore Gage Gubrud threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Kendrick Bourne with 8:19 left to play.
Thursday, Nov. 17
No. 16 Coastal Carolina 42, Liberty 7
De'Angelo Henderson rushed for 139 yards and three short touchdowns, sparking Coastal Carolina (9-2) to its sixth straight win.
No. 10 North Dakota (9-2, 8-0 Big Sky)