Scores

Final

S Illinois 24

(9-4, 5-2 MVFC)

Appalachian St 38

(10-3, 6-1 Sun Belt)

2:30 PM ET, December 3, 2005

Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, NC

1 2 3 4 T
SIU 0 3 7 1424
APP 10 14 7 738

Top Performers

Passing: R. Williams (APP) - 367 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: K. Richardson (APP) - 16 CAR, 99 YDS

Receiving: K. Allen (SIU) - 5 REC, 76 YDS, 2 TD

Appalachian St. 38, Southern Illinois 24

BOONE, N.C. (AP) -- Richie Williams threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score, leading Appalachian State to a 38-24 win over Southern Illinois in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs on Saturday.

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 to score. 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.

The Salukis managed 337 total offensive yards, led on the ground by Arkee Whitlock who ran for 95 yards on 20 carries.

Appalachian State racked up 500 yards of offense, with Richardson running for 99 yards on 16 carries.

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