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Late touchdown muzzles Salukis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Erik Meyer threw a 45-yard touchdown
pass to Eric Kimble with 1:49 left to help Eastern Washington beat
top-ranked Southern Illinois 35-31 on Saturday in the first round
of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

Eastern Washington (9-3) will face Sam Houston State in the
quarterfinals. Sam Houston routed Western Kentucky 54-24.

Meyer, 31 of 44 for 437 yards, brought Eastern Washington back
from a 17-7 halftime deficit and a 24-14 hole midway through the
third quarter. His third TD pass of the game to Kimble capped a
five-play, 75-yard drive that took just 42 seconds.

Kimble caught 11 passes for 195 yards.

In the other quarterfinals, Montana will entertain New
Hampshire, Delaware will be at William & Mary, and James Madison
will travel to Furman.

New Hampshire 27, Georgia Southern 23
STATESBORO, Ga. -- R.J. Harvey gave New Hampshire its first
lead on a 52-yard run early in the fourth quarter and the Wildcats
made it hold.

The Wildcats (10-2) trailed 21-6 early in the second quarter but
scored the game's last three touchdowns, handing Georgia Southern
(9-3) the first first-round defeat in the school's proud history.
The Eagles, making their 15th playoff appearance, have won the
Division I-AA championship six times.

New Hampshire joined Atlantic 10 members Delaware, William &
Mary and James Madison in the quarterfinals, the first time a
conference has had four teams advance that far in the Division I-AA
playoffs.

Sam Houston St. 54, Western Kentucky 24
HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Former Texas A&M quarterback Dustin
Long was 30 of 43 for 323 yards and four touchdowns for Sam Houston
State (10-2).

Justin Haddix was 14 of 26 for 242 yards with two touchdowns and
an interception for Western Kentucky (9-3).

Montana 56, Northwestern St. 7
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Lex Hilliard ran for 171 yards and four
touchdowns, and Craig Ochs passed for 234 yards and three more
scores for Montana.

The Grizzlies (10-2) will face New Hampshire at home in the
quarterfinals.

The 56 points were the most allowed by Northwestern State (8-4)
since it became a I-AA school in 1977. Montana had 543 yards in
total offense against the Demons, who led I-AA in total defense,
allowing opponents just 250 yards per game this season.

William & Mary 42, Hampton 35
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Domininique Thompson caught two
touchdown passes and returned a kickoff 92 yards in the fourth
quarter to put William & Mary ahead for good.

Thompson had 118 receiving yards, Lang Campbell was 23-of-37 for
294 yards and Elijah Brooks ran for 120 yards for the Tribe (10-2).

William & Mary advanced to play Delaware.

Hampton finished the season 10-2.

Delaware 28, Lafayette 14
NEWARK, Del. -- Quarterback Sonny Riccio ran for two
touchdowns, and Garron Bible returned a fumble 87 yards for a late
touchdown for Delaware (9-3).

Omar Cuff ran for 109 yards for the Blue Hens.

Lafayette finished the season 8-4.

Furman 49, Jacksonville St. 7
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former Florida starter Ingle Martin
threw four touchdown passes to lead Furman to its first I-AA
playoff victory in three years.

Furman, the 1988 national champs, hadn't won a playoff game
since reaching the title game in 2001. The Paladins (10-2) will
face James Madison in the quarterfinals.

Martin's touchdown passes gave him a school record 21 for the
season, surpassing the mark of 19 set by Furman coach Bobby Lamb in
1984. He also matched Lamb's record of four touchdown throws in a
playoff win over Rhode Island in 1985.

James Madison 14, Lehigh 13
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Raymond Hines ran for 193 yards and a
touchdown for James Madison (10-2). Mark Borda was 23 of 36 for 215
yards for Lehigh (9-3).