December 5, 2009

Football Championship Subdivision playoffs: Quarterfinals

Despite the fact that there was no Eastern Washington football today, the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs are still going on. And there was some crazy games.

Mainly the Appalachian State and Richmond game.

These two teams have won the last four FCS titles. Appalachian State claimed the crown in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2008 the Richmond Spiders beat Montana.

Two powerhouses, only one could advance this year. And they didn't disappoint.

Richmond scored first with a touchdown. Appalachian State answered back with one of their own. Richmond eventually spread their lead to 24-14 in the early 4th quarter.

Appalachian State would come back with 14 unanswered to go up 28-24 with 4:27 remaining in the game.

But Richmond proved why they were the champs last year as they fought back to take the lead 31-28 with just 3:26 to go.

But sadly for the Spiders that was 3:16 too long.

The Mountaineers of Appalachian State stormed down the field and capped a 70 yard drive with a 4 yard touchdown pass from Armanti Edwards to Matt Cline. After an extra point, Appalachian State lead 35-31. And that's where the score remained. It was an amazing finish.

But this means that there will be no repeat champion this year. Someone new will emerge for the 2009 season. Here's the scores from the other three games:

Montana - 51
Stephen F. Austin - 0

William & Mary - 24
Southern Illinois - 3

Villanova - 46
New Hampshire -7

Needless to say, these other three games were less than close and were pretty much poundings. Nothing worth reporting other than they weren't even close.

Here's how the Semifinals shape up:

Appalachian State (11-2) at Montana (13-0)

William & Mary (11-2) at Villanova (12-1)

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