Wofford, Richmond, UMass, SIU advance in FCS playoffs

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Michael Hobbs scored on a 6-yard run with
32 seconds remaining to lift Wofford past previously unbeaten

Montana (11-1) had a chance to win the game on a 47-yard field
goal with 4 seconds remaining, but Dan Carpenter pulled the kick

Wofford (9-3) will face Richmond at home next week in the second

Wofford trailed 22-17 with 6 minutes remaining after Lex
Hilliard, who rushed for 119 yards, scored on a 1-yard run for

Wofford's Kevious Johnson ran for 145 yards, while Hobbs had 67,
Dane Romero 57 and quarterback Josh Collier 54.

Richmond 31, E. Kentucky 14

RICHMOND, Va. -- Tim Hightower ran for 180 yards and a
touchdown, and Eric Ward threw for a touchdown and ran for another
for Richmond (10-2).

Ward was 13-for-18 for 139 yards and the Spiders' defense helped
out with a pair of interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Richmond did not turn the ball over, becoming the first team this
season not to commit a giveaway against the Colonels (9-3).

E. Washington 44, McNeese St. 15

LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Matt Nicholls passed for 434 yards
and Dale Morris ran for four touchdowns as Eastern Washington
handed second-seeded McNeese State its first defeat of the year,
44-15, in a first-round playoff game Saturday.

Eastern Washington (9-3) will play two-time defending champion
Appalachian State in the second round of the playoffs.

McNeese (11-1), the Southland Conference champion, was the
second national seed to fall in the first round. No. 3 Montana lost
at home to Wofford.

Massachusetts 49, Fordham 35

AMHERST, Mass. -- Liam Coen passed for 419 yards and four
touchdowns, and Matt Lawrence ran for 167 yards and three
touchdowns for Massachusetts.

With the game at 35, Lawrence scored on a 13-yard run with 9:25
to play to put the Minutemen (10-2) ahead 42-35. After
Charles Walker's interception, Lawrence added a 2-yard touchdown run with
5:15 remaining for the final score.

UMass will travel to Southern Illinois for a quarterfinal
matchup next weekend.

Fordham finished the season 8-4.

S. Illinois 30, E. Illinois 11

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Nick Hill threw two touchdown passes and
rushed for another score to help Southern Illinois beat Eastern

Hill passed for 234 yards and ran for 32 yards for the Salukis
(11-1) in their third consecutive first-round playoff victory.

Eastern Illinois finished the season 8-4.

Northern Iowa 38, New
Hampshire 35

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Eric Sanders threw a 24-yard TD pass to
Montari Leonard with 7 seconds left to give top-seeded Northern
Iowa a 38-35 victory over New Hampshire on Saturday night in the
opening round of the playoffs.

Corey Lewis added 220 yards rushing and three touchdowns for
Northern Iowa (12-0), which drove 71 yards in the final 1:16
without any timeouts.

The Panthers will host Delaware (9-3) next week in the

New Hampshire (7-5), which had trailed for much of the game,
took its first lead, 35-31, on Chad Kackert's 15-yard touchdown run
with 1:16 left. At that point it appeared that New Hampshire might
get payback for 2005, when the top-seeded Wildcats fell to Northern
Iowa at home in the first round.