Appalachian St., Villanova advance

Updated: November 29, 2009, 1:51 AM ET
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Marc Mariani scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Selle with 1:08 to play Saturday to cap a 27-point second-half comeback and give top-seeded Montana a 61-48 victory over South Dakota State in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Severin Campbell returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown with 45 seconds to play to ice the victory for the Grizzlies (12-0). South Dakota State finishes with an 8-4 record.

After turning the ball over four times in the first half and having a punt blocked and recovered for a touchdown in the end zone, Montana trailed 48-21 with 5:40 remaining in the third quarter. But the Grizzlies scored six unanswered touchdowns to steal the victory from the Jackrabbits.

Next week, Montana will face Stephen F. Austin.

Mariani caught 12 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and returned a kickoff 98 yards for another score. Chase Reynolds added three rushing touchdowns for Montana.

Colin Cotchart caught three first-half touchdown passes for South Dakota State and Kyle Minett rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

Appalachian State 20, South Carolina State 13

Dominique McDuffie returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and Appalachian State defeated South Carolina State.

The Mountaineers (10-2), who defeated S.C. State in the first round before falling to Richmond last year, will face Richmond in the quarterfinals on Dec. 5.

Tied at 13-13, South Carolina State went for it on fourth-and-1 from Appalachian State's 15-yard line. But the Bulldogs (10-2) fumbled, McDuffie recovered and returned it for the winning score with 7:42 left to play.

The Mountaineers only other touchdown came with 4:35 left in the second quarter on a 7-yard catch by Brian Quick from Armanti Edwards.

Malcolm Long was 18 of 36 for 189 yards and a season-high three interceptions for the Bulldogs.

Villanova 38, Holy Cross 28

Chris Whitney threw one touchdown and rushed for a score to lead Villanova to a win over Holy Cross.

The Wildcats (11-1) will host New Hampshire in the quarterfinals on Dec. 5. It will be the second consecutive trip to the quarterfinals for Villanova, which lost to James Madison 31-27 last season.

Whitney, who finished with 62 yards rushing, broke a 14-14 tie in the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. The Wildcats kept hold of their lead en route to their sixth straight win. They have also won 17 of their last 18 games at home.

Villanova's Matt Szczur had 130 yards receiving on seven receptions. Whitney threw for 239 yards, including a 29-yard TD pass.

Dominic Randolph threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns for Holy Cross (9-3).

Southern Illinois 48, Eastern Illinois 7

Southern Illinois rushed for 323 yards to upend Eastern Illinois.

Quarterback Paul McIntosh, who took over for the injured Chris Dieker at midseason, rushed for 155 yards and threw for 66 more for the Salukis (11-1). McIntosh threw for two touchdowns.

Eastern Illinois (8-4) scored first, capitalizing on a Deji Karim fumble. Lorence Ricks ran 11 yards on a reverse to put the Panthers on top 7-0 at 11:42 of the first quarter.

Karim tied it four minutes later on the first of his three touchdowns. Karim ran for 115 yards, the first time the Panthers had allowed anyone to rush for 100 yards. It was the ninth time this season Karim had cleared 100 yards.

Eastern Illinois turned the ball over six times.

Next Saturday, SIU will host William and Mary.

Richmond 16, Elon 13

Eric Warad threw for 140 yards and rushed for a career-high 136 yards to lead Richmond to a victory over Elon.

The Spiders (11-1) will host Appalachian State next Saturday in the quarterfinals. Richmond defeated Appalachian State 33-13 in the quarterfinals last year.

The Phoenix (9-3), who made their first playoff appearance, will be the first team to face Richmond in the new Robins Stadium on Sept. 18, 2010. This year's playoffs will end Richmond's tenure at UR Stadium that started in 1929.

Adam Schreiner missed a pair of field goals in the final 1:30. The Phoenix moved to Richmond's 31 with 7 second left before Shreiner's 47-yard attempt was short.

William & Mary 38, Weber State 0

R.J. Archer ran for two scores and William & Mary returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a big win over Weber State.

The Tribe (10-2), who will face Southern Illinois (11-1) in the FCS quarterfinals on Dec. 5, intercepted four passes while holding the Wildcats (7-5) to 161 yards of total offense.

Jake Trantin gave the Tribe a 7-0 lead by intercepting a Cameron Higgins pass and returning it 60 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. B.W. Webb returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown and the Tribe led 17-0 at halftime.

Archer scored on runs of 1 and 6 yards in the second half as the lead grew to 31-0. Jonathan Grimes led the Tribe with 139 yards rushing on 23 carries.

Higgins went 21-for-40 passing for 167 yards for the Wildcats.

New Hampshire 49, McNeese State 13

R.J. Toman threw three touchdowns and rushed for a score to lead New Hampshire past McNeese State.

The Wildcats (10-2) will visit Villanova next Saturday in the quarterfinals. Villanova beat Holy Cross 38-28 earlier in the day.

Toman, who went 17-for-25, threw for 240 yards and had touchdowns throws of 9, 9 and 38 yards. The quarterback scored on a 1-yard run to give New Hampshire a 14-3 lead in the first quarter.

The Cowboys (9-3) cut New Hampshire's lead to one after Josh Lewis' 40-yard field goal and an 11-yard touchdown run by Champlain Babin with 11:45 left in the first half.

But the Wildcats held McNeese State scoreless the rest of the way, putting up 35 unanswered points to pull away and snap the Cowboys' six-game winning streak.

Stephen F. Austin 44, Eastern Washington 33

Jeremy Moses' 432-passing yards helped lead Stephen F. Austin to an exciting victory over Eastern Washington.

Moses was 43 for 57 (75.4 percent) with four touchdown passes and three interceptions. He connected with Duane Brooks 15 times for 124 yards and Brandon Scott 11 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Lumberjacks (10-2, 6-1 Southland) running back Vincent Pervis ran the ball 16 times for 125 yards.

Matt Nichols was 43 for 76 (56.5 percent) for 461 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Eagles (8-4, 6-2 Big Sky). Taiwan Jones had 118 rushing yards and a touchdown. Tony Davis was the Eagles leading receiver on the day with 10 catches for 115 yards.

Stephen F. Austin led 30-12 at the half and by as many as 25 in the game. The two teams combined for 1,158 total yards, with 893 of them coming in the passing game.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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