Boone, NC (Sports Network) - The Illinois State football players must be
thrilled to be on the road during the FCS playoffs.
The Redbirds have yet to lose in six road games this season, and Saturday's
38-37 overtime victory at Appalachian State in the second round was their
Senior quarterback Matt Brown threw for five touchdowns and 322 yards, and the
Redbirds blocked an extra point to end overtime when Appalachian State was
trying to tie the game again.
Illinois State (9-3), in the playoffs for the first time since 2006, will play
the Wagner-Eastern Washington winner in the national quarterfinals next
Brown's 25-yard touchdown pass to James O'Shaughnessy in overtime gave
Illinois State a 38-31 lead. Appalachian State answered with Jamal Jackson's
4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Peacock to make it 38-37. But Sam Martin's
extra point attempt was then blocked.
Brown, the Missouri Valley Football Conference's offensive player of the year,
completed 20-of-32 pass attempts. Having set seven school records and four
conference records this season, he went over 10,000 career passing yards,
increasing his total to 10,219.
Tyrone Walker caught 10 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. O'Shaughnessy
also caught two touchdowns.
Appalachian State forced overtime when Peacock's 10-yard touchdown pass to
Drew Bailey with 3:31 left tied the game at 31-31.
Jackson was 33-of-45 for 373 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
His favorite receiver, Sean Price, ended his outstanding redshirt freshman by
catching 13 passes for 167 yards. He broke the FCS freshman records for
receptions and receiving yards in a season with 71 and 1,196, respectively.
The loss ended Appalachian State's season with an 8-4 record. The Mountaineers
were making their eighth straight playoff appearance, but it was their third
straight defeat at home in the postseason.
It was the first meeting between the two programs.
Old Dominion 63, Coastal Carolina 35
Norfolk, VA (Sports Network) - Coastal Carolina did its best to try to match
touchdowns with the No. 1-ranked offense in the FCS.
And then the Taylor Heinicke onslaught only worsened for the Chanticleers.
Old Dominion's sensational sophomore quarterback threw for three straight
touchdowns in just over a five-minute span of the second half and he went on
to pass for 497 yards and six touchdowns in the Monarchs' 63-35 victory over
Coastal in the second round of the playoffs Saturday.
Heinicke completed 32 of his 44 pass attempts and didn't throw an
interception, propelling fourth-seeded Old Dominion (11-1) into next weekend's
national quarterfinals, where they will host fifth-seeded Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern eliminated ODU from last year's playoffs, 55-48.
Coastal (8-5) tied the game at 35-35 on Travis Small's 18-yard touchdown run
with 2:53 left in the third quarter before Heinicke then helped ODU pull away
to its sixth straight win.
He led the Monarchs on a quick touchdown drive, completing four passes for 72
yards and capping it with a 6-yard scoring pass to Larry Pinkard with 1:01
left in the quarter.
After Coastal went three-and-out on its next series, Heinicke opened the
fourth quarter with a 73-yard touchdown pass to Pinkard, extending ODU's lead
Heinicke then threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Nick Mayers to push ODU's lead
to 56-35 with 10:52 left in the game.
The Monarchs then scored again on their next possession with Colby Goodwyn's
5-yard touchdown run.
Heinicke has thrown for 4,655 yards and 41 touchdowns this season.
Pinkard caught six passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns, while Mayers
finished with six receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown. Two of Blair
Roberts' four receptions went for touchdowns.
ODU finished with 694 yards of offense. The Monarchs, from CAA Football,
entered Saturday's action ranked No. 1 in total offense and No. 2 in scoring
offense in the FCS.
For Coastal, which was coming off a first-round win at Bethune-Cookman, Aramis
Hillary was 21-of-39 for 352 yards and three touchdowns with two
interceptions. Matt Hazel caught nine passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
ODU improved to 38-9 as a fourth-year program. The Monarchs are moving up to
the FBS level next year.
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