KINGSTON, R.I. -- Davis Cheek threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns and Warren Messer made an interception in the final minute as Elon rallied to beat Rhode Island 35-34 on Saturday for its sixth straight victory.
De'Sean McNair added 126 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Corey Joyner led the Phoenix receivers with 185 yards and a score as Elon (6-1, 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association) rolled up 498 yards offense.
Taking over on its own 20 with four minutes to go after Myles Ross' end-zone interception, Rhode Island drove to the Elon 17 before JaJuan Lawson was picked off by Messer with 28 seconds left.
Matt Pires had given the Rams (1-6, 0-4) a 34-28 lead late in the third quarter with a school-record 90-yard punt return. Elon took the lead back on its ensuing possession, scoring on McNair's 1-yard run to cap a 10-play, 68-yard drive and go on to notch the program's 500th victory.
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
Two top-10 teams have not squared off at Notre Dame Stadium since 2005.
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