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
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
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
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).