NEW YORK — Gage Gubrud passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more and the Eastern Washington defense had a school record 10 sacks to help the No. 12 Eagles beat Fordham 56-21 on Saturday.
Gubrud was 29-of-41 passing for 399 yards with two interceptions and had seven carries for 72 yards. Despite committing five turnovers, Eastern Washington (1-2) gave Aaron Best, who was named head coach on Jan. 21, his first victory.
Gubrud's second touchdown run, a 9-yarder, gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead with 11:06 left in the first half and Tamarick Pierce's 17-yard scoring run made it 21-7 at the half. Eastern Washington, after a 51-yard kickoff return by Dre Dorton, scored on the first play from scrimmage in third quarter — a 43-yard reception by Antoine Custer. Fordham went three-and-out on its ensuing possession and Gubrud's 5-yard pass to Henderson Belk made it 35-7 fewer than four minutes into the third quarter.
Albert Havili had 2½ sacks and Dylan Ledbetter added two more for the Eagles.
"I don't care if it was six sacks or 10 sacks, that defensive front four was amazing," said Best. "And that was without Jay-Tee Tiuli, a player who has a lot of experience and success. Give Eti Ena, Jeff Schmedding and Brian Strandley a ton of credit. The linebackers filled the gaps like they need to and our backend wasn't too shabby themselves. If we play defense at that pace and with that passion, we have a chance in most ballgames. That's who we are – we are blue collar."
Fordham (1-2) had 95 total yards, including minus-9 rushing, in the first half and converted just 1 of 17 third downs.
Idaho St. 30, Nevada 28
RENO, Nev. — Matt Peterson fell on top of an onside kick with less than a minute to play, preserving Idaho State's win, its first over an FBS opponent since 2000, and foiling a Nevada comeback Saturday night.
Parker Johnson kicked three field goals and Tanner Gueller passed for a pair of touchdowns as Idaho State (2-1) built a 30-7 lead before Nevada (0-3) closed with three unanswered touchdowns.
Gueller passed for 269 yards and Michael Dean added 133 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Kaymen Cureton went 19 for 33 for 205 yards and three touchdowns for Nevada, including a pair of TD strikes to Wyatt Demps — of 10 and 3 yards — in a 153-yard fourth quarter as the Wolfpack closed to within two points.
A two-point conversion pass failed with 58 seconds remaining and ISU, which had lost 27 straight games to FBS opponents, recovered the ensuing onside kick.
Nevada outgained Idaho State 423-383 in total yards, but lost three turnovers and the Bengals sacked Cureton four times.
Colorado 41, N. Colorado 21
BOULDER, Colo. — Steven Montez threw for a career-high 357 yards and four touchdowns, helping Colorado beat Northern Colorado in the first meeting between the schools since 1934.
Montez spread around the wealth by throwing TD strikes to Devin Ross , Shay Fields, Bryce Bobo and Jay MacIntyre. Colorado (3-0) turned the ball over twice deep in Northern Colorado territory to keep things interesting.
Phillip Lindsay rushed for 151 yards and a score on a day when the defense struggled. The Buffaloes had two starters ejected for targeting — free safety Afolabi Laguda in the second quarter and defensive lineman Chris Mulumba in the fourth quarter.
Jacob Knipp had 202 yards passing and three TDs, including two to Alex Wesley. The Bears (1-1) took advantage of the extra time to prepare after their game last weekend at No. 24 Florida was canceled because of Hurricane Irma.
No. 23 S. Dakota 45, No. 10 N. Dakota 7
VERMILLION, S.D. — Chris Streveler threw for 290 yards, including a touchdown, and ran in two more scores Saturday to lead South Dakota past North Dakota.
Kai Henry also ran in two touchdowns, including a 34-yard run up the middle, and Ben Klett had a 7-yard TD run late in the game as South Dakota notched its first 3-0 season start since 2006.
Streveler was 23-for-30 passing and piled up another 62 yards on the ground. His first touchdown came late in the first quarter as he scrambled around the left end for 7-yard score. He later connected with Shamar Jackson with 10 seconds left in the opening half on a 13-yard touchdown pass and then got his third TD on a 14-yard quarterback draw.
The Coyotes also got a 21-yard field goal from Ryan Weese.
North Dakota (1-2) was held scoreless until the fourth quarter when Travis Toivonen hauled in a 10-yard touchdown throw from Keaton Studsrud.
UC Davis 37, Portland St. 14
PORTLAND, Ore. — Jake Maier threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns and helped lead UC Davis past Portland State in a designated nonconference game between Big Sky foes.
After taking an early 3-0 lead on Max O'Rourke's 22-yard field goal, Ryan Parenteau blocked Hayden Crowden's punt that Darryl Graham scooped up and returned for a 9-yard score to make it 10-0 for UC Davis (2-1).
Before halftime, Maier threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Moore for a 17-0 Aggies lead. Jalani Eason put Portland State (0-3) on the board with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Darnell Adams to conclude an 11-play, 65-yard drive.
Maier added two more scores connecting with Ethan Hicks from 2 yards out and Keelan Doss from 12 yards to seal the win.
Eason threw two touchdowns and the Vikings ground game churned for 246 yards on 42 carries.
Southern Utah 24, No. 21 Northern Iowa 21
CEDAR CITY, Utah — Southern Utah held off Northern Iowa's 11-point comeback in the fourth quarter and Manny Berz hit a 26-yard field goal with 1:50 left to upset the Panthers.
The Thunderbirds pulled out to a 21-10 lead early in the third quarter on James Felila's second short touchdown run of the day — he scored from 1 and 3 yards out — then needed Berz's kick late to secure the win. The T-birds' defense held UNI to minus-14 yards rushing.
Southern Utah quarterback Patrick Tyler had 200 yards passing, but the Panthers intercepted him three times.
Weber St. 31, Sacramento St. 24
OGDEN, Utah — Stefan Cantwell scored an insurance touchdown with just over 11 minutes left as Weber State knocked off Sacramento State in a designated nonconference game between Big Sky foes.
Cantwell also had a 12-yard touchdown through the air as Weber State improved to 2-1. He was 14 of 23 passing for 109 yards, and also had 56 yards rushing.
Sacramento State's Malcolm Thomas returned Cantwell's biggest mistake of the day for a 15-yard touchdown off an interception.