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FCS Football Playoffs Second Round Recap:

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The FCS Football Playoffs now move on to the quarterfinals. The competition is getting tougher and the games are more intense. The second round of the FCS Playoffs featured some good matchups and great upsets. Every week is a fresh start for the underdogs. Let’s take a look at a recap of all eight games from yesterday.

FCS Playoffs Second Round Recap:

James Madison 26, Stony Brook 7:

The Dukes picked off Stony Brook QB Joe Carbone five times in this game. The Seawolves stopped the JMU rushing attack, but turnovers and a solid passing performance by Bryan Schor have the Dukes advancing. Schor went 26-35, 255 yards, and two touchdowns. Terrence Alls had 10 receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown. Stony Brook didn’t get on the board until the fourth quarter on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Carbone to Harrison Jackson. The Dukes now have held five opponents to just single-digit points this season.

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Trai Sharp stretches out for a 5-yard td catch.

Kennesaw State 17, Jacksonville State 7:

The Owls were somewhat contained with their high-powered rushing attack, but it didn’t matter. They used defense to pull out the upset over the No. 3 seeded Gamecocks. JSU took a 7-3 lead into half-time, but couldn’t add anything to the score boards. KSU was led by quarterback Chandler Burks. The sophomore had 202 total yards of offense and a touchdown. Darnell Holland had the other touchdown when he ran in from nine yards out. The Owls took care of business on the defensive side. They held the Gamecocks to 187 total yards of offense. Roc Thomas was the most productive player for JSU with 74 rushing yards and a touchdown. Kennesaw State increases their winning streak to eleven games.

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Bust out the Turnover Plank: Jace White secures an interception off a tipped pass for the Owls.

Wofford 28, Furman 10:


The Terriers put up 291 rushing yards in the victory. Lennox McAfee led Wofford with 98 yards, with Chase Nelson, Miller Mosley, and Blake Morgan getting the running scores. Morgan also had a 33-yard touchdown reception from Brandon Goodson. Furman was able to get their passing game going, but converting just 28 percent on third-down would haunt the Paladins. P.J. Blazejowksi threw for 257 yards and a 20-yard touchdown pass to Logan McCarter. Andy Schumpert led Furman with 5 catches for 80 yards. Wofford beats Furman for the second time after winning 24-23 in the first game of the season.

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A strong goal-line stand by the Terriers kept Furman from rallying late in the game.

New Hampshire 21, Central Arkansas 15:

The Wildcats capitalized off four turnovers to pull out the upset over the No. 4 seeded Bears. Trevor Knight connected with Evan Gray for a 10-yard touchdown pass before leaving the game due to injury. Christian Lupoli did a great job filling in, going 8-10 for 63 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Malik Love. Evan Horn had a 56-yard pick-six for the Wildcats in the third-quarter. Hayden Hildebrand threw for 361 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in the losing effort for UCA. Cedric Battle had both touchdown catches and both were over 70-yard receptions. The Bears pulled within six points and had a chance to take the lead until Hildebrand fumbled while being sacked for the fifth time in the game. UNH is now 3-3 in the second round of the FCS Playoffs in their 14-year run.

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Evan Horn’s 56-yard pick six.

Sam Houston St. 54, South Dakota 42:

This game was a wild west shootout between two gunslingers and arguably the two best passers in FCS football. Chris Streveler threw for 520 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Coyotes, and Jeremiah Briscoe had 505 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Bearkats. Streveler also had 51 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Down 41-14 at the half, South Dakota rallied to cut the deficit to just two points. The Bearkats added another score and the Coyotes were intercepted and turned the ball over on downs in their last two possessions. Brandy Van Roekel had 11 catches for 234 yards and a touchdown for the Coyotes. For the Bearkats, Davion Davis 8 catches, 131 yards, and 3 touchdowns while Nathan Davis led the receivers with 180 yards and a touchdown. Surprisingly, the Bearkats put up over 200 yards rushing as well. Corey Hall had 100 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. Both teams combined for over 1,300 yards of total offense in this wild and exciting game.

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Nathan Davis with the TD catch.

North Dakota State 38, San Diego 3:

The Bison got out to an early jump and never looked back. NDSU put up 472 yards of total offense and over 300 rushing yards in the lop-sided victory. Quarterback Easton Stick had 4 touchdowns (3 pass, 1 rush) and 225 total yards. Ty Brooks had the other score on the ground, while Bruce Anderson led the Bison with 112 yards. Anderson, R.J. Urzendowski, and Seth Wilson had the touchdown receptions. The Toreros could only put up 174 total yards of offense against one of the best defenses in FCS Football. They also only converted on third-down once in the game. Patrick Murray was able to prevent a shutout after hitting a 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. The Bison set out to make a statement in their first playoff game this year, and they made it in a big way.

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Anderson breaks free for a 48-yard touchdown reception.

South Dakota State 37, UNI 22:

Northern Iowa beat the Jack Rabbits earlier this year by 20 points, but that wasn’t the case on Saturday. Taryn Christion controlled the Panther defense with 275 yards of offense and 4 touchdowns. Dallas Goedert was the leading receiver for the Jack Rabbits with 83 yards on 6 catches and a touchdown. Jacob Brown and Cade Johnson had the other scores for SDSU. Northern Iowa tried to get back in the game by scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late. Eli Dunne completed 72 percent of his passes for 287 yards and had a 6-yard touchdown pass to Daurice Fountain. Briley Moore had 6 receptions for 90 yards. Trevor Allen and Jared Farley had scores on the ground. South Dakota State has been on a roll since losing to the Panthers and are proving they are a team to watch this year.

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Goedert making a 28-yard touchdown grab.

Weber State 30, Southern Utah 13:

The Thunderbirds took an early 10-0 lead, but it then became the Stefan Cantwell show. The quarterback went off for Weber State, putting up 416 total yards of offense (311 passing, 105 rushing) and three touchdowns. Drew Batchelor had 6 catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. Andrew Vollert also had a touchdown reception. Trey Tuttle nailed 3 field goals. The teams basically traded places on every account compared to their first meeting. It was Southern Utah that struggled on Saturday though. Patrick Tyler was sacked six times and couldn’t get anything going through the air. Running back Janiero Green had the lone touchdown for the Thunderbirds. Southern Utah may have won the battle early this season, but Weber State won the war.

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Batchelor scores on a 20-yard TD catch.

FCS Football Quarterfinal Matchups

Weber State @ (1) James Madison  Friday Dec. 8th 7:30 pm ESPN2

(7) Wofford @ (2) North Dakota State Saturday Dec. 9th 12pm ESPN2

New Hampshire @ (5) South Dakota State Saturday Dec 9th 3pm ESPN3

Kennesaw State @ (6) Sam Houston State Saturday Dec 9th 8:30pm ESPN3