Monday, December 6, 2010

FCS Playoff Update

It certainly was a tough week for those of us picking the games this weekend. Let's tak a look at the second round of games and look ahead to the next round this coming weekend...

Appalachian State 42, Western Illinois 14
This was the DeAndre Presley highlight show for sure. Presley rushed for 264 yards and 3 scores, and Jerry Moore and the Mountaineers cruised to an easy win. WIU's stud QB Matt Barr was completely diminished by the swarming ASU defense, being held to 98 yards passing and 3 picks, and Rb Bryce Flowers only carried 7 times for 41 yards. ASU led 28-7 at the half, and the rout was on.
ASU will now take on Villanova in the next round.

Wofford 17, Jacksonville State 14
The Terriers picked up the upset win behind none other than fullback Eric Breitenstein's 2 TD rushes. Breitenstein rushed for 178 yards on the day, and a stingy Terrier defense held the Gamecocks to under 50% passing for the day.
Wofford now takes on Georgia Southern in the next round, a team that Wofford defeated 33-31 in the regular season.

Delaware 42, Lehigh 20
The Hens continued their impressive 2010 season with a pounding win over the Mountain Hawks in Newark. Pat Devlin passed for 4 scores and 256 yards and never tossed a pick. RB Andrew Pierce rushed for 88 yards and another score. Chris Lum passed for 362 yards on 35 of 58 passing, and did manage to hit Ryan Spadola from 13 out to tie the game early.
Delaware will now take on Colonial rival New Hampshire next Saturday. The two did not meet during the regular season.

New Hampshire 45, Bethune-Cookman 20
Backup QB Kevin Decker made the most of his 1st career start in the battle of backup QBs in Daytona Beach. Decker started due to injury and tossed 3 scores in the 3rd quarter to open up a 14-14 tie game. Decker tossed for 289 yards in the win.
Bethune-Cookman was playing without injured starting QB Matthew Johnson, and the Cats never got into a groove after the half. Jackie Wilson passed for 192 yards, but tossed a couple of costly picks, and the regular season Bilo Poll points champ fell well short.
UNH now takes on Delaware on Saturday.

Georgia Southern 31, William & Mary 15
The Eagles pulled off a sizeable upset on the road against the Tribe, as QB Jaybo Shaw rushed for 3 scores on the day, and Robert Brown added another 178 yards to keep the ball out of Tribe hands. The Eagles rushed for a total of 423 yards on the day.
W&M Rb Jonathon Grimes rushed for 100 yards on just 14 carries, but never scored, and Mike Callahan had an awful day at QB, being held to just 13 of 35 passing and 113 yards.
GSU takes on Wofford next.

North Dakota 42, Montana State 17
DJ McNorton rushed for 207 yards and 4 scores for the Bison in what was perhaps the day's biggest upset. Three of his scores came in the 4th quarter to seperate what was a 14-10 game at the end of the 3rd on runs of 19, 38, and 52 yards. The Bison rushed for 376 yards on the day.
Denarius McGhee passed for 223 yards on the day, but the defense really crumbled on the Bobcats when the game was on the line. The Bobcats also turned the ball over 4 times.
NDSU now will take on Eastern Washington on the road on Saturday.

Villanova 54, Stephen F. Austin 24
Villanova is now in full playoff mode, as they traveled and crushed the Lumberjacks on Saturday. The Cats loved the even numbered quarters as they scored 27 in the 2nd and another 17 in the 4th. They shut out SFA 20-0 after the half. Chris Whitney passed for 222 yards and 4 scores in the win.
All-Bilo QB of the Year Jeremy Moses completed 33 of 51 passes for 340 yards, but was held without a score and tossed 3 picks. He only tossed 4 during the regular season in 11 games. KeithLawson rushed for 75 yards and 3 scores for the Lumberjacks.
Villanova now will travel to take on Appalachian State next weekend.

Eastern Washington 37, Southeast Missouri State 17
The Eagles turned on the burners in the second half, as this game was tied at 17 during the intermission. 1st team All-Bilo back Taiwan Jones rushed for 168 yards and a pair of scores, and SMU transfer QB Bo Levi Mitchell tossed a pair of second half scores to give EWU the trip to the quarterfinals.
Monster back Henry Harris of Southeast was held to just 18 yards on the day, well under his average, and the Redhawks never got on track after the break. Matt Scheible had a tough day as well, only completing 6 of 15 passes with a pair of picks.
EWU will now host North Dakota State on Saturday.

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