Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Week 3 of the 2012 FCS season proved to be
one for the record books. A handful of teams put up mind-boggling offensive
statistics and there were more than a fair share of standout individual
Seven teams totaled at least 571 yards of offense, three teams rushed for 457
yards or more and five teams passed for at least 418 yards.
Indiana State running back Shakir Bell rushed for 349 yards, St. Francis (Pa.)
running back Keion Wade rushed for 243 yards, South Dakota State running back
Zach Zenner rushed for 197 yards and Cal Poly running back Deonte Williams
rushed for 196 yards. Collectively, they scored eight touchdowns in Week 3 and
each player's team came away with a victory.
It was truly a weekend of offense and as my colleague Craig Haley pointed out,
nine signal-callers had more yards of total offense than all but two QBs
during the first two weeks of the season.
Four teams ranked in the Top 10 came away with victories in Week 3. They were
No. 3 Montana State, No. 5 Youngstown State, No. 6 Old Dominion and No. 9
Wofford. Three top 10 teams lost to FBS foes, including No. 2 Sam Houston
State, No. 4 James Madison and No. 7 Northern Iowa, while No. 21 The Citadel
upset its second straight Top 10 opponent, No. 8 Appalachian State.
Every team in the FCS has now played at least one contest thanks to the Ivy
League kicking off its season this weekend. But it was the offensive explosion
taking center stage in Week 3, once again showing us that for all the promise
in its teams, some things can never be ignored.
Whether it be scores, statistics or standout performances, the numbers never
Here are some important figures from Week 3 of the 2012 FCS season that should
not be overlooked:
Three teams in the Southern Conference are 3-0 after Week 3. They are, The
Citadel, Samford and Wofford. Each school's mascot represents a different
breed of canine, The Citadel and Samford share the same mascot, the Bulldogs,
while Wofford's mascot is the Terriers.
Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke reset his own school record,
accounting for eight touchdowns in his team's 70-14 victory over Campbell. The
sophomore finished with 486 passing yards, completing 21-of-29 throws, for
seven touchdowns, while rushing for 41 yards and one touchdown.
In South Dakota State's 12-8 victory over UC Davis, Zenner scored both of his
team's touchdowns and the Jackrabbits failed to convert twice on two-point
conversions. Zenner rushed for 197 yards on 21 carries, and he has crossed the
100-yard mark in the first half of every game this year.
The Citadel and Wofford both had at least three players rush for over 100
yards in victories this week. The Citadel totaled 618 yards of total
offense in its 52-28 win at Appalachian State, while Wofford totaled 590
rushing yards on the way to a 49-20 win over Western Carolina. Eric
Breitenstein crossed the 4,000-yard rushing mark in his career. The senior had
160 rushing yards in the game to give him a total of 4,109.
Indiana State junior running back Shakir Bell averaged 10 yards per carry,
scored two touchdowns and rushed for 349 yards in the Sycamores' 27-10 win
versus Drake. Bell also caught two passes for 27 yards and was 0-for-1
throwing the ball.
Illinois State defeated Eastern Illinois, 54-51, in two overtimes while both
teams accounted for 1,042 yards of offense. Illinois State was responsible for
22 of the 32 total penalties in the win, totaling 178 yards.
Wade scored three touchdowns and rushed for 243 yards in St. Francis' 57-23
win over Morehead State. The Red Flash racked up 557 yards of offense and only
100 yards came through the air. SFU trailed 17-0 after one quarter.
For the sixth straight year, Yale opened its season with a victory over
Georgetown. In the 24-21 loss, Georgetown senior cornerback Jeremy Moore
totaled 12 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, forced and recovered a fumble and
picked off two passes, returning one 41 yards for a touchdown.
FCS teams have now defeated FBS teams nine times in 2012. Four of those
victories have come from the Big Sky Conference, with Cal Poly becoming the
only team to take down an FBS foe in Week 3, edging Wyoming, 24-22.
The Big South Conference went 0-7 in Week 3, while Charleston Southern,
Presbyterian and Stony Brook lost to FBS opponents Illinois, Vanderbilt and
Syracuse, respectively. The Seawolves and Coastal Carolina are the only teams
above .500 in the conference.
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