Northern Iowa, Appalachian St. advance to semis

Updated: December 6, 2005, 12:38 PM ET
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.H. -- Brian Wingert's 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter gave Northern Iowa a 24-21 victory over New Hampshire in an NCAA I-AA quarterfinal game Saturday.

The Panthers (10-3) play Texas State in next Saturday's semifinals.

Wingert, who kicked a game-winning field goal with 51 seconds left last week against Eastern Washington, hit his 22-yarder with 11:50 remaining. The kick was set up by a 21-yard pass from Eric Sanders to Justin Surrency.

New Hampshire, ranked No. 1 in the I-AA poll, outgained the Panthers 631 yards to 351 but lost three fumbles in the second half.

New Hampshire (11-2) fell behind 21-0 after 23 minutes, but pulled even at the end of the third quarter as Ricky Santos threw touchdowns passes of 29, 8 and 20 to David Ball.

Northern Iowa scored first on a 40-yard run by David Horne, who finished with 144 yards on 28 carries. Sanders, who completed 15-of-25 passes for 185 yards, then threw a 32-yeard scoring pass to Horne and Terry Freeney added a 1-yard plunge with 7:03 left in the half.

Santos finished 27-for-42 for 345 yards and ran for 106 yards on 21 carries. Ball caught 10 passes for 188 yards.

Appalachian St. 38, S. Illinois 24
BOONE, N.C. -- Richie Williams threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score, leading Appalachian State.

Williams ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 5:13 remaining in the first quarter to give the Mountaineers (10-3) a 10-0 lead. A 41-yard pass to Kevin Richardson with 11:50 to go in the second quarter made it 17-0.

All three of Williams' touchdown passes were for 40 or more yards, and he finished the evening having completed 20-of-28 pass attempts for 367 yards and no interceptions.

The Salukis' (9-4) first touchdown came when Craig Turner returned the second-half kickoff for 93 yards. Joel Sambursky threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Kellen Allen, making the score 31-17 with 3:19 to play in the fourth quarter, but Appalachian State countered with a 40-yard touchdown from Williams to Dexter Jackson less than 30 seconds later.

Sambursky, who completed 19-of-38 pass attempts for 220 yards and two interceptions, also threw an 8-yard pass to Allen in the final minute.

Texas State 14, Cal Poly 7
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -- Douglas Sherman rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Barrick Nealy had 264 total yards and a score as Texas State beat Cal Poly.

Sherman's 5-yard touchdown late in the third quarter put Texas State (11-2) ahead 14-0, and the Bobcats held on after the Mustangs (9-4) scored on James Noble's 8-yard run with 4:11 left in the game.

Texas State will play host to Northern Iowa, which beat New Hampshire 24-21, in the semifinals next weekend.

Nealy, who put the Bobcats ahead to stay on a 17-yard run in the first quarter, threw an 8-yard pass to Markee White on fourth-and-5 with under a minute remaining to clinch the victory.

Nealy was 18-of-32 passing for 211 yards with two interceptions, and he had 18 carries for 53 yards to offset five sacks and 11 tackles for loss from the Cal Poly defense.

Noble led Cal Poly with 85 rushing yards, but the Mustangs had just 263 total yards and 15 first downs to 467 and 32 for Texas State.

Furman 24, Richmond 20
RICHMOND, Va. -- Ingle Martin threw for 249 yards and Jerome Felton scored two touchdowns as Furman held off Richmond.

The Spiders (9-4) saw their eight-game winning streak end when Stacy Tutt's pass with 1:03 left in the game went incomplete. The Paladins (11-2) took over on their own 25 and ran out the clock.

Martin finished 17-of-25 and became Furman's career leader with 5,513 passing yards and 42 touchdowns. Justin Stepp had a career-high 11 receptions for 143 yards.

Tutt was 15-for-30 and 153 yards and ran for 102 yards on 18 carries.


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