Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Illinois St. Falls in FCS Semis ; ND State Eyes Repeat Title Run

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Illinois St. Falls in FCS Semis ; ND State Eyes Repeat Title Run

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Kyle Padron threw a school-record-tying six touchdown passes, including two to Brandon Kaufman on back-to-back plays early in the third quarter, to lift second-seeded Eastern Washington to a 51-35 win over Illinois State in the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs Saturday evening. With a 24-17 lead at the half, Padron dropped a perfect pass into Kaufman's hands at the goal line. Ronnie Hamlin intercepted ISU quarterback Matt Brown on the next play, setting up Padron's 17-yard strike to Kaufman in the back right corner of the end zone for a 38-17 lead at the 11:01 mark.

The Eagles (11-2), the national champions two seasons ago, host Sam Houston State in a semifinal next weekend.

Georgia Southern 49, Old Dominion 35: Dominique Swope ran 12 yards for a touchdown with 2:36 remaining, and Georgia Southern's defense helped erase a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter in the FCS quarterfinals.

Jerick McKinnon ran for four touchdowns for the Eagles (10-3), who completed just two passes all day but ran for 602 yards in pursuit of their seventh national championship. …

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