Wofford, Richmond, UMass, SIU advance in FCS playoffs

Updated: November 25, 2007, 5:01 AM ET
Associated Press

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

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 left.

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

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

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 Illinois.

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 quarterfinals.

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.

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