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Playoffs! NCAA FCS


Bored Historian
Aug 26, 2011

The Teams:
(The first number is the seed)

1) North Dakota State 11-0 (453-134) ranked 1st post season: 59-14 (14)
2) Weber State 9-2 (296-229) ranked 3rd post season: 4-6
3) Eastern Washington 9-2 (497-233) ranked 4th post season: 17-13 (1)
4) Kennesaw State 10-1 (391-180) ranked 2nd post season: 2-1
5) South Dakota State 8-2 (454-223) ranked 5th post season: 5-7
6) UC Davis 9-2 (464-306) ranked 7th post season: 15-20
7) Maine 8-3 (274-232) ranked 12th post season: 3-7
8) Colgate 9-1 (301-57) ranked 9th post season: 5-10

The rest of the field is not seeded. They are organized regionally in the areas of the seeded teams and the first round games are usually at the school who gets the higher attendance. After that the home team is the seeded team.

Montana State 7-4 (325-304) unranked post season: 9-7-2 (3)
Incarnate Word 6-4 (343-340) ranked 24th post season: 0-0
James Madison 8-3 (401-161) ranked 6th post season: 16-12 (2)
Delaware 7-4 (286-238) ranked 21st post season: 31-18 (5)
Towson 7-4 (299-205) ranked 16th post season: 6-6
Duquesne 8-3 (343-302) unranked post season: 2-0
Wofford 8-3 (356-227) ranked 13th post season: 10-12
Elon 6-4 (261-241) ranked 17th post season: 9-6 (2)
Nicholls State 8-3 (350-212) ranked 14th post season: 1-4
San Diego 9-2 (424-301) ranked 19th post season: 2-4
Northern Iowa 6-5 (301-241) ranked 23rd post season: 24-20
Lamar 7-4 (358-324) unranked post season: 0-0
Jacksonville State 8-3 (459-341) ranked 8th post season: 23-17 (1)
East Tennessee State 8-3 (285-283) ranked 22nd post season: 4-3
Southeast Missouri State 8-3 (431-341) ranked 15th post season: 0-1
Stony Brook 7-4 (308-216) unranked post season: 3-3

Note: Princeton was ranked 10th, North Carolina A&T 11th, Dartmouth ranked 18th and Indiana State ranked 25th but did not play in the tournament. Ivy league teams don’t participate. NC A&T beat Alcorn State in the Celebration Bowl, a bowl for historically black colleges. Indiana State, (7-4) just didn’t get selected. FCS teams tend to have records that are worse than their teams actually are because they play “guarantee” games against FBS teams, (sometimes more than one) to get money for their athletic budgets, then settle down to play their fellow FCS teams. A 7-4 team might be 7-1 in the division.

First Round

Montana State 35 Incarnate Word 14
Montana State beats Incarnate Word 35-14 in FCS playoff
“MSU finished with 339 yards rushing on 66 carries and held a 41:22 to 18:38 time of possession advantage…”We just keep coming and keep hitting them in the mouth,” (QB Troy) Andersen said of the MSU run game. “Our offensive line kept wearing on them.” Anderson scored one TD and passed for another.

James Madison 20 Delaware 6
“JMU never trailed, outgained Delaware 316-185, and held the Blue Hens to a 2-of-14 success rate on third downs.” Quarterback Ben DiNucci completed 23 of 31 for 223 yards and a touchdown. “I had all day to throw,” said DiNucci.

Duquesne 31 Towson 10
“After falling behind, 10-0, the Dukes scored 31 consecutive points…in a steady downpour. Running back A.J. Hines ran for 175 yards and a score and caught a 71 yard touchdown pass off a screen play to give his team the lead. “We just come out to play,” Hines said. “The line opened up holes. The receivers were opening up holes, too, and that’s just what we did.”

Wofford 19 Elon 7
Wofford rushed for 334 yards and gave up only 54 on the ground, a recipe for success. Still they scored only one touchdown as Luke carter saved the day with four field goals. They were down 6-7 at halftime.

Nicholls State 49 San Diego 20
“Quarterback Chase Fourchade … was 21 of 31 passing for 337 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball for 95 yards and two touchdowns.” Nicholls led 35-10 at halftime.

Northern Iowa 16 Lamar 13
“UNI (yup, You and I) fell behind 13-3 as the Cardinals scored on their first two possessions. But the Panther defense pitched a shutout over the final 47 minutes, 2 seconds, and Austin Errthum kicked three field goals, including the game-winning, 35-yarder with 13:09 left in the fourth quarter.”

Jacksonville State 34 East Tennessee 27
“Jacksonville State quarterback Zerrick Cooper went 20-of-32 for 226 yards with three touchdown passes for the Gamecocks (9-3), who rallied back from a 20-10 halftime deficit…ETSU had a chance to tie the game with under three minutes remaining, but Quay Holmes fumbled on the 1-yard line and Jacksonville State University hung on for a 34-27 victory over the Buccaneers.”

Southeast Missouri 28 Stony Brook 14
“Southeast Missouri erased a 14-point deficit by scoring 28 third-quarter points en route to a 28-14 victory. “ Three takeaways set up three second half TDs.

Second Round

North Dakota State 52 Montana State 10
“North Dakota State rushed for 407 yards and scored on its first six possessions to beat 23rd-ranked Montana State 52-10…Lance Dunn carried 11 times for 127 yards and an NDSU postseason record-tying four touchdowns.”

Colgate 23 James Madison 20
“Raiders trailed 7-0, 10-3 and 13-6 before their top-ranked defense and Breneman swung the momentum Colgate’s way in the third quarter…Chris Puzzi’s last-second, 38-yard field goal gave No. 8 Colgate a 23-20 victory.”

South Dakota State 51 Duquesne 6
The Jackrabbits rolled to a 24-0 lead and kept rolling as a snowstorm began. The Dukes must have felt awfully cold. “The Jacks rushed for 338 yards in the game, outgaining the Dukes overall 470-244.”

Kennesaw State 13 Wofford 10
“Both defenses were in for a challenge, with Kennesaw State entering the game as the No. 2-ranked rushing offense in FCS, averaging 373.9 yards per game, and Wofford (9-4) the fourth-ranked at 331.5.
Kennesaw State ultimately won the battle of rush defenses, holding Wofford to just 74 yards on the ground among 236 yards of total offense. The Terriers allowed the Owls to run for a season-low 163 yards and they held the No. 1-ranked scoring offense in FCS, at 48.6 points per game, to just one touchdown.”

Eastern Washington 42 Nicholls State 21
A touchdown off a blocked field goal got EW going and a 95 yard pick six sealed the deal. “Sam McPherson had 137 rushing yards and two touchdowns to pace EWU, which had 269 of its 431 total yards in the second half….Against a Nicholls State defense that had allowed just 94 yards a game on the ground, EWU churned out 237, the most the Colonels surrendered to an FCS team this season.”

UC Davis 23 Northern Iowa 16
“Jake Maier threw for 310 yards and a touchdown. Tehran Thomas had 87 yards rushing on 13 carries, and Ulonzo Gilliam added 48 yards and a touchdown run for UC Davis. Max O'Rourke made three of his four field goal attempts.” Davis built up a 23-6 lead and held on to win.

Maine 55 Jacksonville State 27
The Black Bears built up a 42-14 halftime lead and coasted to victory. “Chris Ferguson threw for five touchdowns and Ramon Jefferson added a career-best 186-yards on the ground and two scores as the Black Bears racked up 427 total yards on the afternoon.”

Weber State 48 Southeast Missouri 23
“Jake Constantine threw 17 of 25 for 191 yards and four touchdowns in the first half — with every score coming in the second quarter — to help Weber State turn a 7-0 deficit into a 27-7 halftime lead…SEMO came into Saturday averaging 38 points and 420 yards per game. Weber State held the Redhawks to 23 points and 268 total yards.”


North Dakota State 35 Colgate 0
“Colgate hung around within 14-0 at halftime but couldn't generate anything against the tough defense of the Bison, which put the game away with 14 points in the third quarter. Bisons quarterback Easton Stick passed for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Stick completed passes to nine different receivers and finished 14 of 19.”

South Dakota State 27 Kennesaw State 17
The Owls narrowed a 3-20 deficit to 17-20 but succumbed to a scrambling 33 yard gain by the jackrabbits on third and 12 that set up the clinching touchdown. It rained throughout the game after snowing the week before.

Eastern Washington 34 U Cal Davis 29
Davis had lost to EW 20-59 during the season but gave them all they could handle in this one. The Eagles had to score 20 fourth quarter points to win.

Maine 23 Weber State 18
“Defense ruled the night for both teams. WSU and Maine combined for 20 punts and went only 8 of 34 on third downs. The Black Bears held Weber State to minus-1 rushing yards and intercepted the Wildcats on three straight possessions in the fourth quarter to seal the game.”


North Dakota State 44 South Dakota State 21
“Easton Stick rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns and No. 1-ranked North Dakota State scored 30 second-half points to beat fifth-ranked South Dakota State.” The Bison ran for 439 yards as North outgained South 608-357.

Eastern Washington 50 Maine 19
“Maine’s defense earned its “The Black Hole” moniker by putting offensive linemen on roller skates and disrupting backfields… The Eagles didn’t yield a sack in their 50-19 throttling of the Black Bears, allowing sophomore quarterback Eric Barriere to operate an offense that totaled 568 yards… Fourth-quarter dominance has been a trend for EWU, outscoring opponents 124-17 in the final quarter.”


North Dakota State 38 Eastern Washington 24
“Easton Stick ran for three touchdowns and threw two quick scoring passes to Darrius Shepherd in a wild start to the second half. Stick, who succeeded Carson Wentz as NDSU's quarterback, threw for 198 yards and ran for 121 in his 49th victory to become the winningest FCS quarterback. Stick leaves with school records for total yards (11,216), passing yards (8,693) and 129 total touchdowns (88 passing, 41 rushing).”


The whole game:

North Dakota State’s final line: 15-0 (622-189) ranked 1st post season: 63-14 (15)
The following small colleges have won 20 or most post season games. This includes: playoff games in the NAIA, NCAA Divisions II and III, FCS, bowl games, “special post season games” as listed in the NCAA Record Book, and the championship games of the Pennsylvania Conference, the only small college conference that has them. The championships, (in parenthesis), are NAIA, NCAA Division II and III, FCS, poll championships before the playoffs and Black college national championships.

Mount Union 106-17 (13)
North Dakota State 63-14 (15)
Wisconsin-Whitewater 54-11 (6)
Northwest Missouri 48-17 (6)
St. John’s (Minn) 46-26 (4)
Georgia Southern 45-13 (6)
Grand Valley State 45-15 (4)
Mary Hardin-Baylor 45-15 (2)
Linfield 42-25 (4)
Carroll (Mont) 41-20-1 (6) (Mount St. Charles College)
Carson-Newman (Tn) 39-21-1 (5)
Pittsburg State 37-23 (5)
Sioux Falls 37-15 (4)
Texas A&M-Kingsville 35-16 (7) (Texas A&I)
North Alabama 35-18 (3)
Montana 34-22 (2)
St. Francis (Ind) 33-16 (2)
Pacific Lutheran 33-17 (4)
Youngstown State 32-11 (4)
Westminister (Pa) 31-11 (6)
Rowan 31-16
Delaware 31-19 (5)
Florida A&M 31-29-1 (12)
Marshall 30-8 (2)
Wesley 29-14
Ithaca 28-16 (3)
Wisconsin-Lacrosse 27-15-1 (3)
Valdosta State 26-12 (4)
Prairie View 26-15 (6)
Appalachian State (NC) 26-23 (3)
Georgetown (KY) 25-17 (3)
Indiana (Pa.) 25-21
Northern Iowa 25-21
Jacksonville State 24-18 (1)
Morningside 23-14 (1)
Sam Houston State 23-13-1 (1)
Washington & Jefferson 23-27-1
Findlay 22-10-1 (4)
Augustana (Ill) 22-11 (4)
Central Ohio 22-14 (10)
Wittenberg 22-17 (3)
Northwestern Iowa 21-19 (2)
Central Iowa 21-20-1 (1)
St. Thomas (Minn) 20-11
Eastern Washington 20-14 (1)
West Chester State 20-23

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