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    [2022] Around the FCS: Week 2 Recap

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    FCS Week 2 Review

     

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    Another exciting week of FCS football has been completed and now that all but 2 teams have gotten a couple of games under their belt, we are starting to get a gauge of who is who in the conference. A similar schedule to Week 1 occurred where 6 teams faced off against one another, 1 team travelled to faced it’s only out of conference opponent for the year and the other 5 teams in the conference got to take the week off and cram in extra preparation for Week 3.

     

    Saturday, October 27th, 2018

    Morning

    Northern Iowa (0-1) at Toledo (0-1)

     

    Similar to the FCS’s inaugural out of conference game, this was a lopsided match up that did not favour the Northern Iowa Panthers. Recently employed Head Coach @ManxBronco had a tough debut on his hands as he and the Panthers travelled to Toledo, Ohio to face up to the MAC’s Rockets.

     

    Held to a shutout through the first 45 minutes, the panthers preformed as many imagined. Toledo controlled every aspect of the game putting up 6 touchdowns. 2 through the air, 3 on the ground and 1 on special teams. Despite being down 42-0 the panthers showed fight and managed to grab 2 late scores for themselves. Panthers running back Raekwon Thomas had a positive outing putting up 110 yards off 25 carries despite his offensive line being up against a much stronger Toledo Front seven and he even manged to punch into the endzone for six.

     

    Northern Iowa Panthers :uni: 14 – 42 :toledo: Toledo Rockets

    Full Game Stats:

     

     

    Afternoon

    South Dakota State (0-1) at Delaware (1-0)

     

    After a closely fought first game in which they lost by 1 score, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits had a bye week before hitting the road again, this time travelling to Delaware to take on the Blue Hens. Delaware were victorious in their first game of the season comfortably beating Northern Iowa away from home.

     

    A straight forward second win for Delaware as they started strong and never looked back, a balanced Blue Hens team executed in all three phases. The offense aired it out well with Quarterback Guzman throwing for 250 yards, 2 touchdowns and an INT. The defense’s secondary had a no-fly zone in effect, picking off Jackrabbits quarterback Calvin Koehler twice and holding him to just 190 yards with a completion percentage of 48.5% and on Special teams Kicker Michael Richards converted all 3 extra points and both field goal attempts.

    For South Dakota, Running back Darnerien Hassan ran hard when he got the ball, averaging 5.2 yards per carry but the early deficit meant the Jackrabbits had to adapt their gameplan and lean on the passing attack in which receivers struggled to find space against a tough secondary.

     

    South Dakota State Jackrabbits :sdstate: 14 – 27 :delaware: Delaware Blue Hens

    Full Game Stats:

     

     

    Illinois State (1-0) at Harvard (1-0)

     

    Both these teams had a bye week last week, both these teams had closely fought games in Week 0, both these teams won those games in the fourth quarter and therefore both these teams entered their second game of the year at 1-0. The Harvard Crimson stayed home for their second straight game in front of the home fans and hoped that this would give them an advantage against a strong looking Illinois State.

     

    This game was another close contest but, in the end, it was the Redbirds who prevailed with a stout defense and an offense who were efficient at keeping their team ahead throughout. Quarterback Phillip Stephenson passed for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns while Inside Linebacker Ron Singletary won a much-deserved Week 2 Defensive Player of the Week honour for his efforts during the game racking up 11 tackles, 2 of those being in the backfield.

    The Crimson remained committed to pounding the rock and even with the efforts of the Redbird front seven, Harvard Running Back Cameron Whaley showed us that last week was not a fluke. He put up 125 yards from 27 carries and a score. Unfortunately, just like last week the true freshman is showing he is just that, by losing his 2nd fumble in as many games.

     

    Illinois State Redbirds :redbirds: 24 – 17 :harvard: Harvard Crimson

    Full Game Stats:

     

     

    Eastern Washington (0-1) at North Dakota (1-0)

     

    North Dakota came into Week 2 at full speed after a huge victory against JMU in week 1, led by transfer Quarterback Robbie Koehler, the Fighting Hawks looked to make it 2 wins out of 2 as they played host to the 2020 FCS national champions. Eastern Washington came into this match up 0-1 after an offensive shootout ended in a narrow defeat to North Dakota’s biggest rival, North Dakota State.

     

    This was not a game to watch if you are a fan of defensive football but it was certainly a fun one. Another great offensive showdown ensued as these two powerful offenses landed blows on each other for all four quarters. 9 touchdowns were scored in total and both quarterbacks ripped apart their opposing secondaries. Eagles quarterback Samuel Connor threw for 387 yards, 4 touchdowns and a pick, getting two of his receivers (Nicholas Murphy and Mark Reed) 100+ yard games while a third receiver in Percy Brown found the endzone twice and put up 95 yards. Against many teams the efforts of this Eastern Washington offense would’ve been enough but Fighting Hawks Quarterback Robbie Koehler had other ideas winning his second offensive player of the week award by putting on a master class, throwing for 402 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Tight End Gabriel Sorenson posted 125 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns while Receiver Peter Neely went for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kicker Julius Boyce won Special teams’ player of the week for his efforts in kicking 5 extra points and a 45 yard field goal.

     

     

    Eastern Washington Eagles :ewu: 31 – 38 :und: North Dakota Fighting Hawks

    Full Game Stats:

     

     

    BYE: James Madison (1-1), Montana (0-2), New Hampshire (1-1), North Dakota State (1-0), Youngstown State (0-1).

     

     

    Conference Standings

     

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    Season Statistics

    Offensive Leaders

    Yardage

    -          Passing

    1. Robbie Koehler (North Dakota) – 854 yards

    2. Samuel Conner (Eastern Washington) – 682 yards

    3. Phillip Stephenson (Illinois State) – 418 yards

     

    -          Rushing

    1. Cameron Whaley (Harvard) RB – 284 yards

    2. Willie Peters (James Madison) RB – 234 yards

    3. Frankie Boone (Illinois State) RB – 210 yards

     

    -          Receiving

    1. Dominick Hebert (North Dakota) WR – 264 yards

    2. Peter Neely (North Dakota) WR – 207 yards

    3. Gabriel Sorensen (North Dakota) WR – 185 yards

     

     

    Touchdowns

    -          Passing

    1. Robbie Koehler (North Dakota) – 11 TDs

    2. Samuel Conner (Eastern Washington) – 7 TDs

    T3. Zack McAllister (North Dakota State – 3 TDs

    *3 more quarterbacks with 3 touchdowns.

     

    -          Rushing

    T1. Willie Peters (James Madison) RB – 3 TDs

    T1. Cameron Whaley (Harvard) RB – 3 TDs

    T1. Kaden Gilmore (Delaware) RB – 3 TDs

     

    -          Receiving

    1. Gabriel Sorensen (North Dakota) WR – 4 TDs

    *T2. Peter Neely (North Dakota) WR – 3 TDs

    *T2. Dominick Hebert (North Dakota) WR – 3 TDs

    *1 more wide receiver has 3 touchdowns.

     

    Offensive Line Average

    1. North Dakota – 4.95

    2. Eastern Washington – 3.8

    3. North Dakota State – 3.6

     

    Defensive Leaders

    Tackles

    1. Carlos Betts (Northern Iowa) OLB – 11 tackles

    T1. Ron Singletary (Illinois State) ILB – 11 tackles

    2. Dillon Dickson Tuttle (Montana) OLB – 9 tackles

     

    Sacks

    T1. Marvin Lambert (James Madison) DE – 3 sacks

    T1. Frank Dunlap (Delaware) DE – 3 sacks

    2. Calvin Webb (North Dakota) DE – 2.5 sacks

     

    Interceptions

    *T1. Sidney Brown (James Madison) FS – 1 INT

    *T1. Robert Hayes (James Madison) OLB – 1 INT

    *T1. Trent Franklin-Cummings (New Hampshire) CB – 1 INT

    *9 more defensive players have 1 interception each.

     

    Team Statistics

     

    Total Offense

    1. North Dakota – 864 yards

    2. James Madison – 818 yards

    3. Eastern Washington –756 yards

     

    Total Defense

    1. Illinois State – 509 yards

    2. Harvard – 563 yards

    3. Montana– 608 yards

    Note: North Dakota State currently have given up least yardage but have only played 1 game and therefore have been excluded.

     

    Turnover Difference

    T1. Delaware - +2

    T2. Illinois State - +1

    T2. North Dakota - +1

     

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