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Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Patrick Blanks rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns to lead Carnegie Mellon to a 41-21 nonconference victory against Denison on Cindy Lackner Memorial Football Day at Gesling Stadium.

CMU, which jumped to a 13-0 lead and never trailed, improved to 5-1; Denison dropped to 2-3.

The game was dedicated to Cindy Lackner, wife of Carnegie Mellon long-time football coach Rich Lackner. She died of breast cancer in August, and the team's seniors led a breast cancer fundraising drive in the week leading up to the game.

CMU quarterback Rob Kalkstein completed 10 of 14 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown.

Bethany (W.Va.) 42, Geneva 36, OT — The third consecutive overtime game for Geneva (1-4, 1-2) featured a game-tying Hail Mary touchdown pass but also a loss to Bethany (1-4, 1-2) on Matt Grimard's 24-yard TD pass to Ed Holmes in the extra session. Bethany took a 36-29 lead with 18 seconds left, but Geneva tied the score on Zach Hayward's 41-yard TD pass to Rocco Colavecchia as time ran out. An interception on Geneva's OT possession led to Grimard's winning TD pass.

Colavecchia rushed for 136 yards and two TDs, and he caught six passes for 79 yards and a score. Grimard passed for 343 yards and four TDs, and he also rushed for a touchdown.

Thiel 14, St. Vincent 7 — Ethan Ludwig's 31-yard interception return sparked Thiel (2-4, 2-2) to a PAC victory at St. Vincent (0-5, 0-3). Ludwig's touchdown tied the score, 7-7, in the second quarter. Three seconds before halftime, Andrew Smith threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Zane Garza to put Thiel ahead for good. Matt Deakins threw a 37-yard TD pass to Ryan Crawford for St. Vincent's only touchdown.

Chicago 10, Allegheny 0 — Mike Person threw for 136 yards for Allegheny (3-2), which was shut out by Chicago (3-2) in a nonconference game.

Division I FCS

St. Francis (Pa.) 10, Robert Morris 3 — Evan Taylor rushed for 133 yards, but Robert Morris (1-4, 0-2) couldn't find the end zone in a Northeast Conference loss at St. Francis (3-3, 2-1). St. Francis' John Kelly passed for 190 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 51 yards.

No. 1 North Dakota State 48, No. 3 Youngstown State 7 — Third-ranked Youngstown State (4-1, 1-1) was no match for the top team in Division I FCS, losing a Missouri Valley conference game to North Dakota State (5-0, 2-0). YSU was hurt by three turnovers, and North Dakota State's John Crockett rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

Division II

No. 16 California (Pa.) 41, Clarion 22 — California (5-1, 3-0) raced to a 28-0 lead en route to a PSAC West victory at Clarion (3-3, 1-2), which got a career day from Ben Fiscus.

Peter Lalich passed for 368 yards and three touchdowns for the 16th-ranked Vulcans. Trey Johnson had seven catches for 147 yards and a touchdown. For Clarion, Fiscus set school records for completions (36), attempts (64) and passing yards (410).

No. 22 Indiana (Pa.) 33, Slippery Rock 16 — No. 22 IUP (5-1, 2-1) rushed for 388 yards to blitz Slippery Rock (2-4, 1-2) in a PSAC West game. Harvie Tuck rushed for 233 yards and a touchdown, and De'Antwan Williams gained 158 yards and two TDs.

Edinboro 44, Gannon 24 — Edinboro (3-2, 1-2) opened a 17-0 lead and romped past Gannon (1-5, 0-3) behind dual-threat quarterback Cody Harris in a PSAC West game. Harris completed 28 of 34 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried 13 times for a team-high 46 yards and two scores.

Jansen Jones rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns for Gannon.

Charleston 30, Seton Hill 13 — Andrew Jackson passed for 240 yards and a touchdown for Seton Hill (0-6, 0-4) in its West Virginia conference loss to Charleston (5-1, 3-1).

Mercyhurst 19, Lock Haven 10 — Allen Jones II rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown to lead Mercyhurst (5-1, 3-0) past Lock Haven (0-6, 0-3) in a PSAC West game. The loss was the 48th in a row for Lock Haven, extending its D-II record. Jarrett Kratzer completed 13 of 20 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

No. 16 Shippensburg 36, LIU-Post 20 — Zach Zulli completed 20 of 32 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns for 16th-ranked Shippensburg (6-0) in its PSAC East victory against LIU-Post (2-3).

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