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    [2022] Around the FCS: Playoffs - Quarterfinals Recap

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    FCS Playoffs: Quarterfinals Review

     

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    Another exciting week of playoff football, so far the home teams (and higher seeds) just keep winning. Lets have a look at how the games unfolded and what we could expect from the semi's.

     

    Thursday, March 7th 2019

    #8 Harvard (5-8) at #1 North Dakota State (10-2)

    Our first matchup, like last week features highest seed versus lowest seed and again like last week, sees a similar dominant final result for the home team. North Dakota State played in a close game for much of the first three quarters before pulling away in the final 15 to ensure Harvard had no chance to mount a comeback. Crimson freshman of the year Cameron Whaley still rushed for 126 yards and touchdown but unfortunately their lack of a passing offense meant they couldn't get it done when they fell behind. Bison quarterback  Zack McAllister continued to demonstrate his excellent control over his offense with 305 passing yards and 3 touchdowns.

     

    North Dakota State continue to execute in all three phases of the game and meet Eastern Washington in the semifinals. They will need to continue their flawless games if they are to beat player of the year Samuel Connor and his Eagles.

     

    I'd imagine Harvard are fairly happy with the end to their season, they finish the year at 5-9 having made it to the quarterfinals of the playoffs in which they fought a close game against the best team in the FCS and have an exciting young player in Whaley. Watch out for this team next season as they add fresh recruits and improve as a team.

     

    Harvard Crimson :harvard: 16 – 35 :ndsu: North Dakota State Bison

     

    Full game stats:

    Spoiler
    Harvard (5-8) at North Dakota State (10-2)

    Fargo, ND - 27 F :sunny:

    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT1 OT2 OT3 SCORE
    :harvard: Harvard Crimson (5-8) 7 3 6 0 - - - 16
    :ndsu: North Dakota State Bison (10-2) 7 7 7 14 - - - 35
    Team Stats Comparison
      :harvard: Harvard Crimson :ndsu: North Dakota State Bison
    Injuries No Injuries No Injuries
    Offensive Line Rating 3.3 3.4
    Sacks 2 1
    Punting 38.5 40.2
    Punt Return Yards 8 2
    Kick Return Yards 102 57
    Turnovers 1 0
    3rd Down Conversion 3/11 5/10
    4th Down Conversion 0/0 0/0
    Penalties 7/50 4/26
    :harvard: Harvard Crimson
    PASSING C/A YDS TD INT F/L
    Mateo Gustavo 9/17 95 0 1 0/0
    RUSHING ATT YDS TD LNG F/L
    Cameron Whaley 24 126 1 17 0/0
    - - - - - 0/0
    RECEIVING REC YDS TD DRP F/L
    Patrick O'Malley 2 33 0 0 0/0
    Michael Jarvis 3 23 0 0 0/0
    Charlie Redmond 2 20 0 1 0/0
    Perry Wilkinson 1 13 0 0 0/0
    DEFENSE T/TFL SCK INT/PD FF/FR TD/SFTY
    Jeff Edwards 5/0 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Tanquest Hull-Norris 2/0 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Timothy Harvey 7/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Franklin McCloughan 5/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    KICKING FG XP KICK DISTANCES
    Alexander Davenport 3/3 1/1 49, 27, 36
    :ndsu: North Dakota State Bison
    PASSING C/A YDS TD INT F/L
    Zack McAllister 25/34 305 3 0 0/0
    RUSHING ATT YDS TD LNG F/L
    Ivan Baldwin 19 96 2 26T 0/0
    Zack McAllister 3 10 0 6 0/0
    RECEIVING REC YDS TD DRP F/L
    John Welch 6 76 1 0 0/0
    Stevie Henderson 6 74 1 0 0/0
    Ousmane Seay 4 66 1 0 0/0
    DeMarcus Rucker 5 53 0 0 0/0
    DEFENSE T/TFL SCK INT/PD FF/FR TD/SFTY
    Marc Cox 6/0 - 1/0 0/0 0/0
    William Thompson 2/0 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Brandon Delgado 6/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Ivan Iverson 6/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    KICKING FG XP KICK DISTANCES
    MIckey Moreno 0/0 5/5 -

     

    #6 Northern Iowa (8-5) at #3 James Madison (9-3)

    Despite being the home team with the higher seed, many felt JMU were the underdogs in this game with Panthers runningback Raekwon Thomas tearing up New Hampshire last week. Fortunately for the Dukes they ignored the chatter and played the same way they have all season. The defense held Thomas to just 109 yards, 1 touchdown and forced him to fumble, whilst 109 yards is alot, against Raekwon it can definitely be seen as a victory. The offense wasn't as explosive as they have been in some games this year but did what they had to, to ensure they remained ahead all game.

     

    James Madison now meet North Dakota whom they last met way back in week 1. In that matchup Robbie Koehler absolutely torched the Dukes defense, throwing for 452 yards and much like in the Panthers game with Thomas, for them to stand any chance, they know who they need to stop.

     

    For Northern Iowa they now have to get used to life after Raekwon as he goes off to the NFL. The team has some talent but will be searching for its next head coach who can hopefully uncover the next star to fill the hole left by Thomas.

     

    Northern Iowa Panthers :uni: 7 – 17 :jmu: James Madison Dukes

    Full game stats:

    Spoiler
    Northern Iowa (8-5) at James Madison (9-3)

    Harrisonburg, VA -  44 F :cloudy:

    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT1 OT2 OT3 SCORE
    :uni: Northern Iowa Panthers (8-5) 0 7 0 0 - - - 7
    :jmu: James Madison Dukes (9-3) 3 7 0 7 - - - 17
    Team Stats Comparison
      :uni: Northern Iowa Panthers :jmu: James Madison Dukes
    Injuries No Injuries No Injuries
    Offensive Line Rating 3.5 3.3
    Sacks 3 2
    Punting 36.6 35.5
    Punt Return Yards 25 27
    Kick Return Yards 45 22
    Turnovers 2 1
    3rd Down Conversion 2/10 4/10
    4th Down Conversion 0/0 0/0
    Penalties 9/78 7/63
    :uni: Northern Iowa Panthers
    PASSING C/A YDS TD INT F/L
    Jameson Beckwith 8/18 70 0 1 0/0
    RUSHING ATT YDS TD LNG F/L
    Raekwon Thomas 26 109 1 22 1/1
    - - - - - 0/0
    RECEIVING REC YDS TD DRP F/L
    Eric Haywood 3 34 0 0 0/0
    Ezekiel Hunt 2 18 0 0 0/0
    Robert Rivera 2 11 0 0 0/0
    Wesley Matthews 1 7 0 0 0/0
    DEFENSE T/TFL SCK INT/PD FF/FR TD/SFTY
    Miguel Coates 2/0 - 1/0 0/0 0/0
    Morris Alicea 4/0 2.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Ronnie Hamby 2/0 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Brian Hedrick 6/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    KICKING FG XP KICK DISTANCES
    Jeremy Thomas 0/1 1/1 - 42
    :jmu: James Madison Dukes
    PASSING C/A YDS TD INT F/L
    Cooper Fleming 20/36 206 1 1 0/0
    RUSHING ATT YDS TD LNG F/L
    Willie Peters 18 49 1 14 0/0
    - - - - - 0/0
    RECEIVING REC YDS TD DRP F/L
    Tremaine Fortier 7 89 0 0 0/0
    Desmond Mercer 4 43 1 1 0/0
    Terrell Davis 4 37 0 0 0/0
    Frank McDaniels 2 20 0 0 0/0
    DEFENSE T/TFL SCK INT/PD FF/FR TD/SFTY
    Sidney Brown 1/0 - 1/0 0/0 0/0
    Jared Stidham-Smith 2/2 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Herbert Morgan 1/0 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Tyrone Bowden 7/0 - 0/1 0/0 0/0
    KICKING FG XP KICK DISTANCES
    Andrew Anderson 1/2 2/2 30 - 46

     

     

    Friday, March 8th 2019

     #5 Illinois State (9-4) at #4 Eastern Washington (8-4)

    This was my pick for upset of the week but I guess you cant really call it an upset since the teams possessed basically the same record. The Redbirds toppled both the North Dakotas in the regular season and definitely had a great chance to beat another big team which they very nearly did. Just 4 points separated the two teams at the end of the game and the Eagles passing attack was just too strong for them. Samuel Connor threw for 325 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception as he scored in each quarter to keep the Eagles in control. 

     

    Eastern Washington move on to face the top team in the FCS. They lost by just 4 points last time they met the Bison and both teams have gotten better. This game really could go either way and is surely going to be an exciting one.

     

    Illinois State will be gutted they couldn't continue their run of causing upsets but have had a very encouraging season. I fully expect them to be back in the same spot if not higher next season.

     

    Illinois State Redbirds :redbirds: 24 – 28 :ewu: Eastern Washington Eagles

    Full game stats:

    Spoiler
    Illinois State (9-4) at Eastern Washington (8-4)

    Cheney, WA - 38 F :sunny:

    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT1 OT2 OT3 SCORE
    :redbirds: Illinois State Redbirds (9-4) 7 7 3 7 - - - 24
    :ewu: Eastern Washington Eagles (8-4) 7 7 7 7 - - - 28
    Team Stats Comparison
      :redbirds: Illinois State Redbirds :ewu: Eastern Washington Eagles
    Injuries No Injuries No Injuries
    Offensive Line Rating 2.7 3.1
    Sacks 2 2
    Punting 40.0 38.3
    Punt Return Yards 8 12
    Kick Return Yards 57 72
    Turnovers 0 1
    3rd Down Conversion 4/12 4/13
    4th Down Conversion 0/0 1/1
    Penalties 7/64 5/32
    :redbirds: Illinois State Redbirds
    PASSING C/A YDS TD INT F/L
    Phillip Stephenson 16/29 160 2 0 0/0
    RUSHING ATT YDS TD LNG F/L
    Frankie Boone 20 85 1 9 0/0
    - - - - - 0/0
    RECEIVING REC YDS TD DRP F/L
    Bryan Sheppard 4 45 0 1 0/0
    Adam Murphy 3 32 1 0 0/0
    Marquez Miller 3 29 1 0 0/0
    Stevie Hampton 2 23 0 0 0/0
    DEFENSE T/TFL SCK INT/PD FF/FR TD/SFTY
    Brandon Marshall 2/0 - 1/0 0/0 0/0
    Felipe Wallace 3/1 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Vernon Taylor 2/0 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Ron Singletary 6/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    KICKING FG XP KICK DISTANCES
    Eric Tilley 1/1 3/3 35
    :ewu: Eastern Washington Eagles
    PASSING C/A YDS TD INT F/L
    Samuel Connor 30/50 325 4 1 0/0
    RUSHING ATT YDS TD LNG F/L
    Kelly Wiseman 12 39 0 6 0/0
    - - - - - 0/0
    RECEIVING REC YDS TD DRP F/L
    Nicholas Murphy 7 98 2 0 0/0
    Percy Brown 8 89 1 1 0/0
    Demontre Chandler 5 64 1 1 0/0
    Timothy White 4 37 0 0 0/0
    DEFENSE T/TFL SCK INT/PD FF/FR TD/SFTY
    Ramon Johnson 5/2 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Tashard Monroe 3/1 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Robert Wilson 7/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Ronnie Simpson 6/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    KICKING FG XP KICK DISTANCES
    John Robinson 0/1 4/4 - 46

     

    #7 Delaware (6-7) at #2 North Dakota (9-3)

    A fairly routine game for North Dakota, they took the led in the first half and it stayed that way through to the final whistle. Koehler threw for 281 yards and 2 touchdowns finding his favourite target Tight end Gabriel Sorensen 7 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. Delaware just couldn't put consistent drives together on offense converting just 3 out of 13 third downs which meant their defense had to spend a lot longer on the field than they would've liked.

     

    North Dakota face JMU in the semis and Robbie Koehler knows exactly what needs to be done to get the win, he did it in week 1 and now hopes to do it again to secure his team a place in the final. It should be a fun game that could go either way.

     

    Delaware can reload and retool in the offseason, they had a great start to the year but slipped off towards the end. I'm sure 'finishing' will be a key component to their offseason work and if they can do that then theres no reason why they aren't back in this position next year. 

     

    Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens :delaware: 10 – 24 :und: North Dakota Fightin' Hawks

    Full game stats:

    Spoiler
    Delaware (6-7) at North Dakota (9-3)

    Grand Forks, ND - 22 F :windy:

    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT1 OT2 OT3 SCORE
    :delaware: Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (6-7) 0  0 3 7 - - - 10
    :und: North Dakota Fighting Hawks (9-3) 0 7 3 14 - - - 24
    Team Stats Comparison
      :delaware: Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens :und: North Dakota Fighting Hawks
    Injuries No Injuries No Injuries
    Offensive Line Rating 2.9 3.4
    Sacks 1 1
    Punting 38.5 38.2
    Punt Return Yards 7 24
    Kick Return Yards 82 45
    Turnovers 1 0
    3rd Down Conversion 3/13 3/9
    4th Down Conversion 0/0 0/0
    Penalties 8/70 5/35
    :delaware: Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens
    PASSING C/A YDS TD INT F/L
    Jeffrey Guzman 16/32 155 1 1 0/0
    RUSHING ATT YDS TD LNG F/L
    Kaden Gilmore 12 35 0 11 0/0
    Jeffrey Guzman 3 8 0 7 0/0
    RECEIVING REC YDS TD DRP F/L
    Daniel Padgett 3 45 0 0 0/0
    Glenn Lawrence 4 44 1 1 0/0
    Patrick Turner 3 40 0 1 0/0
    Christian Alexander 2 21 0 0 0/0
    DEFENSE T/TFL SCK INT/PD FF/FR TD/SFTY
    Frank Dunlap 4/1 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Eddie Mills Jr. 7/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    John Yates 5/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Roger Odom 5/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    KICKING FG XP KICK DISTANCES
    Michael Richards 1/2 1/1 30 - 45
    :und: North Dakota Fighting Hawks
    PASSING C/A YDS TD INT F/L
    Robbie Koehler 28/48 281 2 0 0/0
    RUSHING ATT YDS TD LNG F/L
    Ronan Bentley 13 67 1 12 0/0
    - - - - - 0/0
    RECEIVING REC YDS TD DRP F/L
    Gabriel Sorensen 7 102 1 0 0/0
    Dominick Hebert 7 74 0 1 0/0
    Peter Neely 5 44 1 1 0/0
    Marlon Zuniga 3 30 0 0 0/0
    DEFENSE T/TFL SCK INT/PD FF/FR TD/SFTY
    Carter Osgood 4/1 - 1/0 0/0 0/0
    Dillon Dickson 2/2 1.0 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Darnell Major 7/2 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    Tristan Garrison 5/0 - 0/0 0/0 0/0
    KICKING FG XP KICK DISTANCES
    Julius Boyce 1/2 3/3 40 - 49

     

     

    Remaining: Eastern Washington (9-4), James Madison (10-3), North Dakota (10-3), North Dakota State (11-2)

     

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    24 minutes ago, Suffocation said:

    Watch out for this team next season as they add fresh recruits and improve as a team.

     

    I'll try my best but really banking on some guys in the FBS showing some interest in higher academics.

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    1 hour ago, Suffocation said:

    I fully expect them to be back in the same spot if not higher next season.

    Just wait till I get my 4/4.5 JUCO QB :ninja:

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    Really thought JMU was going to pull away by a little more.

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