South Dakota continues to be the most impressive team in FCS following yet another big win. The Coyotes knocked off Youngstown State on Saturday in what was their closest game yet.
Ryan Weese nailed the game-winning kick with just a few ticks left on the clock to give South Dakota a big win in the DakotaDome. A spot in the FCS Top 5 now seems likely, and the Coyotes will get a couple cupcakes before playing the other powerhouses of the Missouri Valley.
Biggest Win of Week 6 – Richmond 41, Albany 38
Neither one of these teams will win the Colonial, so this one was all about a potential at-large bid in the postseason. Albany’s hopes for its second FCS postseason bid in school history took a big hit with its third loss. The Great Danes still have Delaware, Stony Brook and New Hampshire on the docket, so they needed a win here to feel good about their chances for the playoffs.
The Spiders ended up emerging victorious, though, picking up a huge win thanks to another big game from Kyle Lauletta. He threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns and kept Richmond afloat when the run game was averaging under three yards per carry. The win moves Richmond to 3-2 on the year.
Biggest Letdown of Week 6 – Furman 41, Chattanooga 17
A disastrous season for the Mocs keeps getting worse. Their two starting quarterbacks were hurt and unable to play against the Paladins, so third-stringer Cole Copeland had to step into the void. Furman stuffed the box, holding Chattanooga to just seven yards rushing all day. The Paladins were able to force Copeland to beat them through the air, and he responded by throwing four interceptions.
The loss puts Chattanooga at 1-5, with its one lone win coming against VMI. Fans are already turning on first-year head coach Tom Arth, and he might not be long for the job.
Closest Call of Week 6 – Wofford 35, Western Carolina 28
The Terriers almost saw their undefeated season go up in smoke on Saturday. However, Wofford continues to find a way to win, with its fourth victory by seven points or less. The running game again led the way, piling up 393 yards and four touchdowns against the Catamounts defense. The secondary came up with some timely plays as well, picking off Tyrie Adams three times in the win, with the last one sealing the win in overtime.
Wildest Finish of Week 6 – Western Illinois 38, Northern Iowa 29
The Leathernecks again were involved in a game with a wild fourth quarter, but they came out on the winning end this time. Western Illinois was up 25-14 on Northern Iowa before letting the Panthers score two touchdowns to take the lead with 1:12 remaining. Sean McGuire must have had déjà vu after being in this same situation last week, but he responded with aplomb this time. He led the team down the field for the go-ahead touchdown with six seconds remaining, and then the Leathernecks returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown with no time left to make the win look more impressive than it was.
Biggest Sigh of Relief of Week 6 – Eastern Illinois 24, Tennessee Tech 23
Just a week after getting some recognition thanks to a big win over Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois found itself getting pushed to the brink by a winless Tennessee Tech team. The Golden Eagles had a decent amount of success against the Panthers defense, but Eastern Illinois pulled it out in the end despite trailing in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers had to rely on third-string quarterback Bud Martin to get the job done, and he played great in the win. He threw just 14 passes but totaled 204 yards and found the end zone three times. Eastern Illinois may be 4-2, but it hasn’t inspired much confidence this year. The four wins have come by a combined nine points.