Statesboro, GA (Sports Network) - Appalachian State didn't just prevent rival Georgia Southern from securing the Southern Conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs Saturday, it basically clinched one as well.
Jamal Jackson threw for a career-high 383 yards and three touchdowns as the 15th-ranked Mountaineers tripped No. 2 GSU, 31-28, before 21,155 at Paulson Stadium.
ASU improved to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the SoCon, remaining alive for the title and seemingly locking up its eighth straight playoff appearance heading into its season finale next Saturday against Furman.
Georgia Southern (7-2, 6-2) clinched at least a share of the league title when Wofford lost later in the day, but the automatic playoff bid is still up in the air.
Jackson completed 21-of-34 pass attempts and hit Tony Washington for a 23-yard touchdown with 11:25 left to play, erasing a 28-24 GSU lead. Sean Price caught seven passes for 231 yards - an ASU freshman record - and one touchdown.
GSU's triple option held the ball for 38 minutes, 32 seconds to outgain ASU, 552 yards to 453. Junior fullback William Banks rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.
The Eagles have two non-conference games remaining.
The Sports Network FCS Top 25
No. 1 North Dakota State (8-1, 5-1 Missouri Valley) 21, Missouri State (3-7, 3-4) 17
The defending FCS champion Bison survived a Missouri State squad that was on a three-game winning streak and moved back into first place in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Sam Ojuri rushed for 118 yards and scored on a 5-yard run to give NDSU a 21-14 lead with 3:35 left in the third quarter.
The defense took over from there, allowing Missouri State just 149 yards for the game. Christian Dudzik picked off Bears quarterback Kierra Harris at the Bison 27 in the final two minutes of the game.
The Bison, who are tied for first place with South Dakota State, held the ball for 39:33. Quarterback Brock Jensen threw for a touchdown and rushed for one, but was intercepted three times. Caleb Schaffitzel scored a touchdown on one of the picks with an MSU-record 100-yard return.
No. 15 Appalachian State (7-3, 5-2 SoCon) 31, No. 2 Georgia Southern (7-2, 6-2) 28
Georgia Southern failed to clinch the SoCon's automatic playoff bid as it fell to its bitter rival. But Wofford's double-overtime loss to Samford guaranteed the Eagles at least a share of the conference title.
ASU beat GSU for the sixth time in the last eight meetings and third time in the last four matchups at Paulson Stadium.
No. 3 Montana State (8-1, 5-1 Big Sky) 20, Sacramento State (6-4, 4-3) 17
Cody Kirk rushed for 129 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns, including a 2-yarder with 8:13 left to provide the winning margin.
Three-year starting quarterback DeNarius McGhee did not throw for a touchdown for the first time in his career.
No. 4 Sam Houston State (7-2, 5-1 Southland) 70, Southeastern Louisiana (3-6, 3-2) 0
Sam Houston State rushed for 405 yards as its earned its sixth straight win. Timothy Flanders (nine carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns) and Keyshawn Hill (15 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns) led the onslaught.
Kenneth Jenkins went 60 yards off a blocked field goal to score a touchdown.
The start of the third quarter was delayed an hour and a half due to lightning. The second half was played in pouring rain.
No. 5 Old Dominion (8-1, 5-1 CAA) 53, Georgia State (1-9) 27
Ineligible for the CAA Football title, Old Dominion seemingly clinched an at- large playoff bid by winning a matchup of two programs headed to the FBS next year.
ODU sophomore Taylor Heinicke was 28-of-42 for 351 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.
Tyree Lee rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns and Angus Harper added a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
Samford (6-3, 4-3 SoCon) 24, No. 6 Wofford (7-2, 5-2) 17, 2 OTs
Wofford was kept out of first place in the SoCon when Samford quarterback Andy Summerlin passed for a touchdown and a two-point conversion with no time remaining in the fourth quarter and then threw a game-winning touchdown in the second overtime.
Summerlin was 29-of-35 for 165 yards and the two touchdowns, the winner being a 12-yarder to Kelsey Pope in the second OT.
Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein collected 168 rushing yards and a touchdown. He stands at 5,091 career rushing yards, only 37 yards behind Shawn Graves (5,128) in the school record book.
Wofford hosts Chattanooga (5-4, 4-2) in a key SoCon game next Saturday.
No. 7 Eastern Washington (7-2) 34, No. 16 Cal Poly (7-2) 17
In a game that didn't count toward the Big Sky Conference standings, Eastern Washington redshirt freshman Vernon Adams threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Brandon Kaufman, and rushed for 68 yards.
Cal Poly's Deonte Williams rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries. Kristaan Ivory added a career-high 94 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.
No. 8 Lehigh (9-0, 3-0 Patriot) 36, Holy Cross (1-8, 1-3) 35
Lehigh remained the only unbeaten team in the FCS by rallying from a 35-23 fourth-quarter deficit on two Michael Colvin touchdown passes.
Colvin hit Zachary Hayden for a 1-yard touchdown pass with 13:34 left and Ryan Spadola for a 33-yarder with 2:00 remaining. Holy Cross' John Macomber then missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with 13 seconds to play.
Colvin was 24-of-34 for 362 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns. Spadola caught eight passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
Lehigh has defeated 18 straight Patriot opponents, one shy of the league record set by Holy Cross from 1988-92.
Ryan Laughlin and Steven Elder both threw two touchdowns for Holy Cross, which has lost four straight games.
No. 9 Stony Brook (9-1, 5-0 Big South) 45, VMI (2-7, 1-4) 7
Stony Brook clinched at least a share of its fourth straight Big South Conference title as Miguel Maysonet rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.
Maysonet's second TD run was the 48th touchdown of his Stony Brook career, breaking the Big South mark of 47, set by Coastal Carolina's Aundres Perkins (2003-06).
Marcus Coker added 139 yards on 19 carries.
Kyle Essington threw three touchdowns to Kevin Norrell, who caught eight passes for 113 yards. Norrell set the conference's single-season record for receiving yards, finishing the game with 1,173 yards.
No. 10 James Madison (7-2, 5-1 CAA) 31, Maine (3-6, 2-4) 7
James Madison earned its second straight win to remain one-half game behind first-place New Hampshire in the CAA.
Recently benched quarterback Justin Thorpe asserted himself again, rushing for 111 yards and two touchdowns and throwing for 108 yards and a score.
The host Black Bears managed just 104 total yards and seven first downs.
No. 11 New Hampshire (8-2, 6-1 CAA) 28, William & Mary (2-7, 1-5) 25
Nico Steriti's 19-yard touchdown run with 4:14 left erased UNH's 25-21 deficit and kept the Wildcats in first place in the CAA. They surely clinched a ninth straight appearance in the FCS playoffs.
Steriti rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
William & Mary held a 10:42 edge in time of possession, but UNH led in total yards, 428 to 405. Tribe wide receiver Tre McBride caught two touchdowns, one each from Michael Graham and Brent Caprio.
After a bye next weekend, UNH ends the regular season at home against Towson on Nov. 17.
No. 12 Northern Arizona (8-1, 6-0 Big Sky) 50, Idaho State (1-8, 0-6) 10
Northern Arizona enjoyed some crooked numbers in the run game while remaining unbeaten in the Big Sky. Ca'leve Deboskie had eight carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns, and Casey Jahn added 10 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown.
Idaho State quarterback Kevin Yost was sacked by Tim Wilkinson for a safety and Jarret Bilby blocked a punt and recovered it for touchdown to give the visiting Lumberjacks a 9-0 lead in the first quarter.
No. 13 Central Arkansas (8-2, 6-1 Southland) 35, Northwestern State (4-5, 2-3) 14
Dominique Croom scored two touchdowns as Central Arkansas became the first team to punch a ticket to the FCS playoffs.
The Bears earned at least a share of their first Southland Conference as well as its automatic bid as the result of a head-to-head win over Sam Houston State (7-2, 5-1), which is still a half-game behind in the standings.
UCA's final game is a non-conference game against Eastern Illinois.
No. 17 Illinois State (8-2, 5-2 Missouri Valley) 17, No. 14 Indiana State (7-3, 5-2) 10
Illinois State built a 17-0 lead and held on as Indiana State scored all 10 of its points in the final 31 seconds. With the loss, the Sycamores fell from first place in the Missouri Valley.
Illinos State quarterback Matt Brown threw for 179 yards and one touchdown, and Darrelynn Dunn had 100 yards and a score on 30 carries.
Indiana State running back Shakir Bell rushed for 115 yards, but was kept out of the end zone.
Murray State (4-5, 3-3 OVC) 49, No. 18 Tennessee State (8-2, 4-2) 28
Murray State scored 29 unanswered points over the final 15:27 and Jaamal Berry finished with 163 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries.
Tennessee State lost despite a 40:25-to-19:12 edge in time of possession. The Tigers likely need to win at UT Martin on Nov. 17 to be alive for an FCS playoff berth.
No. 19 Towson (5-4, 4-2 CAA) 34, co-No. 23 Delaware (5-4, 2-4) 27, OT
Terrance West scored on a 3-yard run in overtime to lift Towson, which remained alive for an FCS playoff berth and basically knocked Delaware out of the picture.
West finished with 113 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Grant Enders was 21-of-26 for 187 yards and two touchdowns to Emmanuel Holder.
It was the second straight tough loss for Delaware, which fell 31-26 at Old Dominion last Saturday. Trent Hurley threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns.
Wagner (6-3, 6-1 NEC) 30, No. 20 Albany (7-2, 5-1) 0
Wagner rolled to a 27-0 halftime lead and into first place in the Northeast Conference.
Quarterback Nick Doscher passed for 253 yards and two touchdowns, including an 88-yarder to Anthony Harrington. Dominique Williams rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Albany played without suspended No. 1 tailback Drew Smith and was held to 188 yards.
No. 21 South Dakota State (7-2, 5-1 Missouri Valley) 16, Southern Illinois (5-5, 4-3) 12
Austin Sumner's 5-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Tiefenthaler with 7 seconds left lifted South Dakota State into a first-place tie in the Missouri Valley with North Dakota State.
The victory was the 100th in Jackrabbits coach John Stiegelmeier's career.
Sumner was 26-of-45 for 284 yards. Justin Syrovatka kicked three fields goals in the win.
The Jackrabbits will visit North Dakota State next Saturday.
No. 22 Richmond (6-3, 4-2 CAA) 39, Rhode Island (0-9, 0-6) 0
Richmond remained alive for an FCS playoff berth in coach Danny Rocco's first season.
Sophomore quarterback Michael Strauss threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns in less than three quarters of action, while fullback Kendall Gaskins rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Richmond picked off URI quarterback Danny Fenyak five times, with Justin Williamson returning one 24 yards for a touchdown.
co-No. 23 Villanova (6-3, 4-2), Idle
Villanova ends the regular season with two difficult games, Nov. 10 against James Madison and Nov. 17 at Delaware.
No. 25 Eastern Kentucky (7-3, 5-2 OVC) 31, Southeast Missouri State (3-6, 2-4) 7
Eastern Kentucky built a 31-0 lead through three quarters while remaining alive for an FCS playoff bid.
Backup quarterback Jared McClain scored touchdowns on two of his four carries and Matt Denham rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown while passing 3,000 career yards.