FCS high­lights

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - SCOREBOARD -

No. 22 Army wins third straight game over Navy

Army re­cov­ered two fum­bles in the fourth quar­ter, Kelvin Hop­kins

Jr. had two rush­ing touch­downs and the 22ndranked Black Knights beat Navy 17-10 on Satur­day in Philadel­phia to win their third straight game in the se­ries.

Army (10-2) re­tained the Com­man­der-in­chief’s Tro­phy – awarded to the team with the best record in games among the three ser­vice acad­e­mies – af­ter win­ning it for the first time in 22 years last sea­son. It snuffed a late Navy (3-10) rally to re­tain pos­ses­sion of the pa­tri­otic prize.

With Navy down 10-7, quar­ter­back Zach Abey lost a fum­ble on fourt­hand-12 deep in its own ter­ri­tory. Hop­kins scored on a 1-yard run to make it 17-7 and give Army the cush­ion it needed.

No­table

West Vir­ginia: Quar­ter­back Will Grier won’t play for the 15th-ranked Moun­taineers in the Camp­ing World Bowl against No. 17 Syra­cuse, in­stead fo­cus­ing on prepa­ra­tion for the

NFL draft. Grier an­nounced his de­ci­sion Satur­day in a state­ment re­leased by the school.

The se­nior joins about a dozen high-pro­file col­lege play­ers who al­ready have an­nounced they will skip their team’s bowl games. The list in­cludes Hous­ton de­fen­sive tackle Ed Oliver, LSU cor­ner­back Greedy Wil­liams, Ari­zona State re­ceiver N’keal Harry and Michi­gan de­fen­sive tackle Rashan Gary.

Alabama: Quar­ter­back

Tua Tago­v­ailoa (high an­kle sprain) was not wear­ing the walk­ing boot he has been us­ing to treat his sur­gi­cally re­paired left an­kle at the Heis­man Tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony. Tago­v­ailoa was one of three fi­nal­ists for the Heis­man, along with Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back Kyler Mur­ray and Ohio State quar­ter­back Dwayne Hask­ins.

No. 1 Alabama plays

No. 4 Ok­la­homa in a Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off semi­fi­nal Dec. 29.

Ohio State: Brian Hart­line has been pro­moted to per­ma­nent re­ceivers coach. Hart­line, a for­mer Buck­eyes player and NFL vet­eran, was made in­terim coach when Zach Smith was fired in July be­cause of do­mes­tic abuse al­le­ga­tions.

Auburn: Fresh­man run­ning back Asa Mar­tin said on Twit­ter he plans to trans­fer but didn’t in­di­cate any pos­si­ble des­ti­na­tions. He car­ried 13 times for 57 yards in five games – one too many to qual­ify for a red­shirt year. North Dakota State 35, Col­gate 0: Eas­ton Stick threw for three touch­downs, Bruce An­der­son ran for 124 yards with a touch­down and top-seeded North Dakota State ad­vanced to the FCS semi­fi­nals for the eighth straight year with a win over eighth-seeded Col­gate. Stick was 14 of 19 for 205 yards as the Bi­son (13-0) piled up 443 yards against the Raiders (10-2) en route to their 19th straight win.

South Dakota State 27, Ken­ne­saw State 17: Taryn Chris­tion threw for one touch­down and ran for an­other – with 2:22 to play – and the fifth-seeded Jackrab­bits (10-2) held off the fourth-seeded Owls (11-2) in Ken­ne­saw, Ga. SDSU will visit top-ranked North Dakota State, the reign­ing na­tional cham­pion, next Satur­day. Eastern Washington 34, UC Davis 29: Eric Bar­riere ac­counted for four touch­downs, and Sam Mcpher­son scored on a 35-yard run with 26 sec­onds left to lift the third­seeded Ea­gles (11-2) over the No. 6 Ag­gies (10-3) in Cheney, Wash. Eastern will host No. 7 Maine, which knocked off No. 2 We­ber State on Fri­day.

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