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Maine loses in FCS quarterfinals

Associated Press / December 11, 2011
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Quarterback Jaybo Shaw ran for two touchdowns and threw for another yesterday to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-23 win over Maine in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals in Statesboro, Ga.

The Eagles (11-2), who are seeking their seventh national championship, advanced to the semifinals for the second straight year. They will play North Dakota State.

The Eagles had 476 yards of total offense, 360 rushing, in dispatching the Black Bears (9-4). It was the third time Georgia Southern and Maine had met in the playoffs. The Eagles have won all three meetings.

Maine’s Warren Smith threw for 229 yards and two scores, but was intercepted three times, twice by Jerrick McKinnon.

The Eagles, who jumped out to a 14-0 lead and led, 21-10, at the half, dominated time of possession as they had the ball for 42 minutes. Maine ran only nine plays in the first half.

North Dakota St. 24, Lehigh 0 - Brock Jensen accounted for three touchdowns and Sam Ojuri rushed for 136 yards to lead the Bison (12-1) over the Mountain Hawks (11-2) in the FCS quarterfinals.

Sam Houston St. 49, Montana St. 13 - Richard Sincere rushed for a career-high 160 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries as the top-seeded Bearkats (13-0) piled up a season-high 428 rushing yards in beating the Bobcats (10-3) in the FCS quarterfinals.

Sam Houston will host Montana in the semifinals either Friday or Saturday.

Navy 27, Army 21 - Kriss Proctor ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns as the Midshipmen (5-7) prevailed over the Black Knights (3-9) in the 112th installment of the rivalry for Navy’s 10th straight win in the series.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were on hand, diplomatically cheering both sides at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. It was the first time the game was played in the vicinity of the nation’s capital.

Navy rushed for 296 yards and capitalized on three Army turnovers. The Midshipmen had only one pass completion.

The Black Knights rushed for 298 yards and completed only four passes.

It was the tightest Army-Navy game in years. Navy had won every game since 2002 by at least a dozen points.

The Midshipmen needed a pair of fourth-quarter field goals from Jon Teague and a fourth-down stop in their own territory before those in the blue uniforms could start chanting “10 more years!’’

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