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Massachusetts 49, Fordham 35

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Liam Coen passed for 419 yards and four touchdowns and Matt Lawrence rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday as Massachusetts pulled away late for a 49-35 win over Fordham in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

With the game tied 35-35 in the fourth quarter, 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 travels to Southern Illinois for a quarterfinal matchup next weekend. The Salukis beat Eastern Illinois 30-11 on Saturday.

Coen, whose 419 yards passing set a UMass single-game record, threw three touchdown passes in the first half as the Minutemen took a 28-21 halftime lead.

Coen, who was 24-of-37, threw a 7-yard strike to Ian Jorgensen on the first drive of the game, then added scoring passes of 12 and 41 yards to Rasheed Rancher in the second quarter. Rancher finished with eight catches for 198 yards.

Lawrence scored on a 2-yard run in the first half.

Fordham (8-4) got two 1-yard touchdown runs and a 3-yard touchdown pass to Cody Kritzer from John Skelton in the first half. Skelton's second touchdown run came on the final play of the half.

Skelton, who went 25-of-46 for 281 yards, threw a 19-yard scoring strike to Richard Rayborn early in the third quarter to make it 28-28.

After Coen's 33-yard pass to Chris Zardas put the Minutemen back on top, Skelton tied it again with an 11-yard scoring throw to Sylvester Clarke early in the fourth quarter.

The teams combined for 1,055 yards of offense, with UMass piling up 649 yards of that.