Sam Houston State (2 seed), the Southland Conference Football Champions, squeezed by Monmouth University, the Champions of the Big South Conference, 21-15 on Saturday (4/24/21)! Monmouth finished the amended season @ 5-1, while SHSU continues to the 2nd round with a record of 7-0!
Winners of the Ohio Valley Conference, Jacksonville State (4 seed) hammered Davidson, winners of the Pioneer Football League, 49-14! The Wildcats head for home finishing the 2020/2021 campaign @ 4-3, as the 7-1 Gamecocks reload for round II!
James Madison (3 seed), runner up in the Colonial Athletic Association, struggled with the Champion of the Southern Conference (SoCon), Virginia Military Institute (VMI), before winning a hard fought contest, 31-24! The Keydets head back to Lexington, VA with a record of 6-2 and will be watching, as the fellow Virginians (Harrisonburg), JMU @ 6-0, prepare for the next round!
Holy Cross, who won the Patriot League, took on the #1 seed, South Dakota State and were taken out back to the woodshed, falling 31-3! The Jackrabbits head to round II, with a record of 6-1, while the 3-1 Crusaders process back to Worcester, MA!
What many thought would be round 1’s best game, Eastern Washington vs North Dakota State was both interesting, yet not close! EWU jumped out to a 20 to 7 lead in the 1st half and then were stampeded by the Bison run game, allowing 422 rush yards! NDSU moves on with a 7-2 slate, as the wounded Eagles, losing 42-20, struggle to fly home to Cheney WA, with 5-2 record for the 20-21 season!
In the day’s one upset, Southern Illinois, who entered the tourney @ 4-3, the last team in, stunned Weber State (5-0) champions of the B-SKY, 34-31! The Saluki’s scored in the final minute and then held off a desperate attempt by the Wildcats to get within FG range in the final seconds of the game! A big win for the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC)!
Missouri State (Bobby Petrino, Arkansas & Louisville) now serves as the Bears head coach, in fact, he was voted the MVFC’s Coach of the Year! MSU was 0-3 in the 2020 (Fall) part of their schedule and then went 5-2 in 2021 (Spring) component of their schedule. North Dakota, an after thought in their own state (North Dakota State; 8 national championships in 9 years) is making a whole lot of noise in 2021. They beat South Dakota State (#1 seed in the 2021 tourney) 28-14 and rolled into the tournament at 4-1. UND blasted Missouri State, 44-10, in the 1st round of the FCS Tournament! The now Fighting Hawks (old Fighting Sioux… retired in 2012, well … sort of) head to round II, sporting a 5-1 record!
The day’s final game, pitted Northeast Champion, Sacred Heart (3-1) vs Delaware (5-0) the Colonial Athletic Conference winners. The Fighting Hens were 5-0 in the CAA, while James Madison, another CAA member, was also 5-0, yet had one less conference win, as a result, Delaware was awarded the conference crown! In a highly competitive game, Delaware escaped the Pioneers 19-10, with the game’s outcome being decided by turnovers! A 6-0 Delaware advances to the 2nd round!
Round Two: Sunday, May 2nd
North Dakota State 7-2 (MVFC) @ #2 Sam Houston State (SLC) 7-0; Time: 2:00 Visual Access: streamed on ESPN 3!
North Dakota 5-1 (MVFC) @ #3 James Madison 6-0 (CAA); Time: 5:00, Visual Access: ESPN 3
Southern Illinois 6-3 (MVFC) @ #1 South Dakota State 6-1 (MVFC); Time: 8:00 / Visual Access: ESPN 3
Delaware 6-0 (CAA) @ 4 Jacksonville State 8-1; Time: 2:00 / Visual Access: ESPN 3
More on these games later this week!
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