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Updated: 11/29/2014 5:25 pm


Fordham 44, Sacred Heart 22

New York, NY - Jack Coffey Field has been good to Fordham in recent years, but the Road to Frisco passes through top-seeded New Hampshire, and the Rams feel up to the task after an impressive start to the FCS playoffs Saturday..

Mike Nebrich threw for 421 yards and four touchdowns as Patriot League champion Fordham passed by Sacred Heart in the first round for the second straight year, this time by a 44-22 score.

Fordham (11-2) will head to Durham next Saturday to face New Hampshire (10-1), the nation's No. 1-ranked team, in the second round. It won't be the same as playing at home, where the Rams have won 10 straight games and 17 of their last 18.

But the Rams appear ready for the challenge. Nebrich, who completed 29-of-50 pass attempts with two interceptions, threw two touchdowns each to Brian Wetzel (eight receptions, 166 yards) and Tebucky Jones Jr. (eight receptions, 139 yards).

Fordham took command of the game by scoring on its final play of the second quarter - Wetzel's 14-yard reception with nine seconds left to make it 24-16 - and its first play of the third quarter - Jones' 97-yard reception at the 11:45 mark to make it 31-16.

The Rams outgained Sacred Heart 511 yards to 314. Chase Edmonds rushed for 91 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown, and Michael Marando kicked three field goals.

RJ Noel threw two touchdown passes to Tyle Dube for Sacred Heart (9-3), a co- champion out of the Northeast Conference, but was intercepted twice by All- Patriot League cornerback Ian Williams. Sean Bell rushed for 112 yards on 15 carries and Keshaudas Spence scored on a 22-yard run in the loss.

Fordham won last year's first-round matchup, 37-27.


Richmond 46, Morgan State 24

Richmond, VA ( - Richmond had won a "playoff" game already, so there was no stopping the Spiders and quarterback Michael Strauss when the actual FCS postseason began Saturday.

Strauss threw four touchdowns to power Richmond to a 46-24 win over Morgan State in the first round.

The Spiders (9-4) will travel to seventh-seeded Coastal Carolina (11-1) next Saturday for a second-round game.

Coach Danny Rocco's team basically won a playoff game last weekend at William & Mary. The winner of that game was going to be the fourth and final playoff team out of CAA Football, and the Spiders won going away, 34-20.

They rolled the momentum right into their game against Morgan State (7-6), jumping to a 22-0 lead after the first quarter. Strauss capped the game's first drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Diggs and Seth Fisher scored on two runs.

Diggs (eight receptions, 132 yards) ended the first-half scoring with another touchdown reception - an 11-yarder with 20 seconds left in the second quarter - giving Richmond a 29-10 halftime lead.

Strauss completed 22-of-32 pass attempts for 272 yards and one interception. He also threw touchdowns to Rashad Ponder and Fisher.

Richmond has struggled with turnovers in its losses, but gained a 4-2 advantage in turnover margin, intercepting Morgan State quarterback Moses Skillon three times and forcing him into a fumble.

Skillon rushed for a touchdown and threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Herb Walker Jr. carried the ball 21 times for 120 yards for the Bears, who earned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the playoffs off a tiebreaker between five first-place teams.

MEAC teams have lost in the playoffs every year since 1999.


Saturday, Nov. 29

All Times ET

FCS Playoff First Round

Indiana State at Eastern Kentucky, 1 p.m.

Southeastern Louisiana at Sam Houston State, 2 p.m.

Grambling State at Southern, 2:30 p.m.

San Diego at Montana, 4 p.m.

Liberty at James Madison, 4 p.m.

South Dakota State at Montana State, 4 p.m.

Stephen F. Austin at Northern Iowa, 8 p.m.

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