McNeese State, Western Illinois 1-2 in Division I-AA poll

Updated: October 6, 2003, 3:22 PM ET

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey - McNeese State and Western Illinois remained in the top two spots and Western Kentucky dropped four spots to ninth in the latest ESPN/USA Today Division I-AA coaches poll released Monday.

McNeese State (4-1) was an easy 58-20 winner over Southeast Louisiana and Western Illinois (4-1) won the marquee game on Saturday's slate, defeating Western Kentucky, 33-28.

McNeese State received 33 first-place votes - the same total as last week - and 1,082 points in a nationwide panel of Division I-AA coaches.

Western Illinois has six first-place votes and 1,048 points. Villanova (5-0) collected three first-place votes and remained in third with 1,008 points.

Delaware (5-0) beat William & Mary, 41-27, and remained fourth. Furman is in fifth place with one first-place vote and is followed by Montana (4-1), Massachusetts (4-1), Southern Illinois (5-0), Western Kentucky and Wofford (4-1).

Despite Saturday's loss, Western Kentucky still received one first-place vote.

Georgia Southern (3-2) is 11th, followed by Bethune Cookman (4-1), Northern Iowa (4-1), Northern Arizona (4-1), Pennsylvania (3-0), Grambling (3-2), Colgate (5-0), Southern (5-0), Northeastern (4-2) and Northwestern State (4-2).

Maine (3-2), Idaho State (3-2), Cal Poly (3-2), Harvard (3-0) and Fordham (3-2) complete the poll. Fordham dropped 11 spots after a 31-10 loss to Bucknell.

Lehigh, 24th last week, dropped out after a loss to Division I-A Connecticut.

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