Appalachian State 45 – Akron 35
Sophomore tailback Jalin Moore rushed for a career-high 257 yards and two touchdowns to lead Appalachian State to a nonconference victory over Akron.
The Mountaineer backfield combined for 307 yards while junior quarterback Taylor Lamb completed 22-of-30 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior linebacker Dezmin Reed and senior defensive lineman Antonious Sims recorded sacks on Akron’s final drive.
Appalachian State plays host against Georgia State 9 a.m. Saturday in Boone, North Carolina. The game broadcasts on ESPN3.
Central Arkansas 28 – Arkansas State 23
The Central Arkansas defense held the Arkansas State backfield to 45 total yards on the ground to hand the Red Wolves a fourth straight loss.
Arkansas State fumbled the ball on five occasions, resulting in four turnovers. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Justice Hansen went 21-of-38 for 424 yards and three touchdowns.
The Red Wolves enter a bye week before facing Georgia Southern 5 p.m. Oct. 5 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The game airs on ESPN2.
Western Michigan 49 – Georgia Southern 31
Redshirt freshman Darius Phillips returned a kickoff and an interception for touchdowns to lead the Broncos to a nonconference victory over the Eagles.
Redshirt senior quarterback Favian Upshaw led the Georgia Southern offense with 103 yards and two touchdowns on 4-of-6 passing. The Eagle backfield combined for 202 rushing yards on 50 attempts.
Georgia Southern enjoys a bye week before a 5 p.m. kickoff Oct. 5 against Arkansas State at Centennial Bank Stadium.
South Alabama 41 – Nicholls State 40 (OT)
The Jaguars used a 13-play, 83-yard drive to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. Junior running back Xavier Johnson found the end zone from four yards out in overtime for a South Alabama win.
Nicholls State had an opportunity for a second overtime period after freshman tailback Dontrell Taylor scored a 4-yard touchdown run. Instead, the Colonels attempted a two-point conversion. The Jaguar defensive line stopped the rushing attempt short of the goal line.
South Alabama is scheduled to face No. 19 San Diego State 6 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be live on ESPN.
No. 6 Houston 64 – Texas State 3
The Houston offense tallied nine touchdowns to give Texas State a home loss.
Senior quarterback Tyler Jones led the Bobcat offense with 100 yards and an interception on 17-of-30 passing. Sophomore running back Stedman Mayberry added 19 yards rushing for the Texas State backfield on five attempts.
The Bobcats attempt to rebound against Incarnate Word 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Jim Wacker Field. The game airs on ESPN3.
Troy 52 – New Mexico State 6
The Troy secondary completed five interceptions and freshman specialist Jabir Frye returned a kick off 100 yards for a touchdown to lead the Trojans to a conference victory.
Junior quarterback Brandon Silvers led the Troy offense with 246 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-32 passing. Senior quarterback Tyler Rogers went 29-of-54 for 445 yards passing and a touchdown.
Troy plays Idaho 2 p.m. Saturday in the Kibbie Dome. New Mexico State takes on UL Lafayette 6 p.m. in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Both games will broadcast on ESPN3.
Tulane 41 – UL Lafayette 39 (4OT)
The battle of four overtime periods between the Green Wave and the Ragin’ Cajuns came down to a two-point conversion.
UL Lafayette senior receiver Al Riles could not reach the end zone on the final play of the game, giving Tulane the nonconference victory.
Ragin’ Cajuns senior quarterback Anthony Jennings went 19-for-38 in the air for 240 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Senior tailback Elijah McGuire added eight yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the loss.
UL Lafayette enters a bye week before taking on Appalachian State 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Cajun Field. The game will play on ESPN2.
Georgia Southern (2-0, 3-1 overall)
Troy (1-0, 3-1 overall)
UL Lafayette (1-0, 2-2 overall)
Appalachian State (0-0, 2-2 overall)
Idaho (0-0, 2-2 overall)
Texas State (0-0, 1-2 overall)
Arkansas State (0-0, 0-4 overall)
Georgia State (0-0, 0-3 overall)
UL Monroe (0-1, 1-2 overall)
New Mexico State (0-1, 1-3 overall)
South Alabama (0-2, 2-2 overall)