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Pivotal wins change the STATS FCS Top 25

(STATS) - To the winners go the … national ranking.

Two days after there were a number of high-profile matchups, some of the winning teams were rewarded Monday in the STATS FCS Top 25, the national media poll.

Towson (3-0), which beat defending CAA champion Maine on the road, jumped three spots to No. 5 - its highest ranking since finishing second as the 2013 national runner-up. Jacksonville State (2-1) beat last year's national runner-up, Eastern Washington, and soared seven spots to No. 10.

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Offensive Player of Week 3
Martin already was nearing 100 rushing yards through three quarters, but he took over in the final quarter of the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champ's 27-21 rally past upset-minded Charleston Southern. He scored on runs of 84 and 76 yards in the fourth and finished with 299 yards overall (third-best in school history) on 25 carries. Add in his two receptions for 19 yards and Martin had nine plays from scrimmage of at least 13 yards.
Defensive Player of Week 3
Bridges had arguably the best game of his All-America career in Jacksonville State's 49-45 win over then-No. 4 Eastern Washington. He posted nine tackles, including a sack and three tackles for a total loss of 16 yards, forced a fumble and returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown to open the second quarter when the Ohio Valley Conference power, down 28-7, needed a spark. Bridges had a big hit on EWU quarterback Eric Barriere to break up a late play.
Special Teams Player of Week 3
Girdy Brito gets a bump for his overall performance as Houston Baptist won at South Dakota 53-52 to end a 20-game losing streak against Division I competition. He posted the FCS season highs for kick return yards (249) and all-purpose yards (352). He averaged 35.6 yards on seven returns, including a 76-yarder, and set career highs with nine receptions and 103 receiving yards, including a 27-yard touchdown in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
Freshman Player of Week 3
In his third career start, Shoemaker set his Patriot League school's single-game record with 545 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns (two rushing, two passing) in a 56-40 loss to 2018 Northeast Conference co-champ Sacred Heart. His 411 passing yards were second-best in program history and he had 134 yards on the ground, becoming the first Leopard since 2004 to surpass both 100 passing and rushing yards in the same game.
FCS Bracketology
STATS FCS Poll
Rankings as of 9/16/2019
Rank School Votes Prev
1 North Dakota State (3-0) 3941 (150) 1
2 James Madison (2-1) 3747 (8) 2
3 South Dakota State (2-1) 3653 3
4 UC Davis (2-1) 3352 5
5 Towson (3-0) 3296 8
6 Weber State (1-2) 2848 6
7 Kennesaw State (2-1) 2757 9
8 Montana State (2-1) 2536 10
9 UNI (1-1) 2287 11
10 Jacksonville State (2-1) 2285 17
11 Eastern Washington (1-2) 2284 4
12 Maine (1-2) 2083 7
13 Nicholls (1-1) 2070 12
14 Central Arkansas (3-0) 1960 14
15 Illinois State (2-1) 1950 13
16 North Carolina A&T (2-1) 1540 15
17 Furman (1-2) 1464 16
18 Villanova (3-0) 1293 22
19 Montana (2-1) 983 20
20 Delaware (2-1) 912 18
21 Southeastern Louisiana (1-1) 882 23
22 Elon (2-1) 689 25
23 Southeast Missouri State (1-2) 570 19
24 Youngstown State (3-0) 497 NR
25 Citadel (1-2) 221 NR
Others: Princeton (220) , Stony Brook (154) , South Carolina State (118) , Indiana State (110) , Dartmouth (74) , McNeese (67) , Wofford (67) , Sam Houston State (61) , North Dakota (56) , Northern Arizona (53) , Southern Illinois (49) , Yale (39) , Dayton (38) , Sacramento State (33) , Monmouth (33) , Lamar (16) , Duquesne (12) , Chattanooga (11) , Austin Peay (8) , Cal Poly (7) , Eastern Kentucky (4) , Alcorn State (4) , Houston Baptist (4) , ETSU (3) , William & Mary (3) , Mercer (3) , Idaho State (1) , Holy Cross (1) , UIW (1)
FCS Coaches Poll
Rankings as of 9/16/2019
Rank School Prev
1 North Dakota State (3-0) 1
2 James Madison (2-1) 2
3 South Dakota State (2-1) 3
4 UC Davis (2-1) 4
5 Towson (3-0) 8
6 Kennesaw State (2-1) 7
7 Weber State (1-2) 6
8 UNI (1-1) 10
9 Nicholls (1-1) 11
10 Illinois State (2-1) 12
11 Eastern Washington (1-2) 5
12 Central Arkansas (3-0) 14
13 Jacksonville State (2-1) 16
14 Montana State (2-1) 15
15 Furman (1-2) 13
16 Maine (1-2) 9
17 North Carolina A&T (2-1) 17
18 Villanova (3-0) 23
19 Montana (2-1) 18
20 Delaware (2-1) 18
21 Youngstown State (3-0) NR
22 Elon (2-1) NR
23 Southeastern Louisiana (1-1) 24
24 Princeton (0-0) 25
25 Southeast Missouri State (1-2) 20
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