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FCS Playoff Second Round Roundup

Towson, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Towson junior running back Terrance West rushed for three touchdowns and senior quarterback Peter Athens threw for three as the Tigers eliminated Fordham, 48-28, in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.

West rushed for 76 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, while Athens completed 13-of-15 pass attempts for 301 yards and three touchdowns, all to different receivers.

Towson (11-2), the No. 7 seed out of CAA Football, moves on to the quarterfinal round at second-seeded Eastern Illinois (12-1) next weekend.

It's the first time Towson has advanced to the FCS quarterfinal round in the program's second playoff appearance. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals in 1986 and lost to Central State, 31-0.

The score was tied 21-21 at halftime, but Towson scored the first four touchdowns in the second half to pull away from Fordham (12-2) out of the Patriot League.

Towson freshman back Darius Victor wasn't far behind West's rushing total, accumulating 74 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. West raised his FCS- leading total of touchdowns to 34 this season.

Fordham junior quarterback Michael Nebrich threw for 394 yards and four touchdowns. The Tigers defense held the Fordham rushing attack to just one yard. Senior running back Carlton Koonce was the Rams' leading rusher, gaining 26 yards on 12 carries.

New Hampshire (9-4) 41, Maine (10-3) 27

Orono, ME - New Hampshire quarterback Sean Goldrich threw for three touchdowns, leading the Wildcats to an FCS second-round playoff upset over fifth-seeded Maine.

UNH senior running back Chris Setian rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal the win.

After beating CAA Football champion Maine for the second time in 15 days, the Wildcats (9-4) advanced to play either Southeastern Louisiana or Sam Houston State in the national quarterfinals.

It is the seventh time in program history New Hampshire has appeared in the quarterfinals, but no Wildcats team has ever advanced to the semis.

Two of Goldrich's three passing scores went to wideout Justin Mello, who finished the game with 90 yards on five receptions. Junior R.J. Harris led the team with six catches for 85 yards.

Setian carried the ball 10 times for 54 yards and two scores. Nico Steriti led the team in rushing with 74 yards on 14 carries.

It was Maine's first playoff appearance since 2011, and the program's first- ever home playoff game. Black Bears coach Jack Cosgrove is now 6-15 all-time against New Hampshire. The Wildcats are the only FCS program to beat Maine this season - once in the regular season and once in the playoffs.

The Black Bears became the first seeded team to fall in the playoffs.

Black Bears senior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was 21-of-39 passing for 229 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Coastal Carolina (11-2) at No. 8 seed Montana (10-2), 2 p.m.

Tennessee State (10-3) at No. 2 Eastern Illinois (11-1), 2 p.m.

Furman (8-5) at No. 1 North Dakota State (11-0), 3:30 p.m.

South Dakota State (9-4) at No. 3 Eastern Washington (10-2), 4 p.m.

Jacksonville State (10-3) at No. 6 McNeese State (10-2), 7 p.m.

Sam Houston State (9-4) at No. 4 Southeastern Louisiana (10-2), 8 p.m.

12/07 17:44:57 ET



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