SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Allen Cross scored the only touchdown on a 29-yard run in the third quarter, and Shepherd held on for a 7-0 win against Winston-Salem State on Saturday in the second round of the Division II football playoffs.
Shepherd, seeded No. 1 in Super Region I, improved to 11-0 and advanced to play the West Chester-Bloomsburg winner. WSSU, the national runner-up last season, finished 10-2 and had a 10-game winning streak snapped.
Shepherd had the better of it in a game matching top-ranked defenses. Shepherd, No. 2 in the nation in total defense, held WSSU to 159 yards of offense, including just 10 rushing. WSSU, ranked No. 1, allowed 247 yards.
Winston-Salem Journal staff report
North Alabama 37, UNC Pembroke 13: The visiting Lions picked off Harlon Hill Trophy finalist Luke Charles five times and returned two of them for touchdowns to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
The Lions, 10-2, will travel to Hickory on Saturday to take on Lenoir-Rhyne (11-1), a 27-20 winner over Carson-Newman.
North Alabama led 10-6 at the half before Pembroke regained the lead early in the third quarter at 13-10. It was all Lions after that as UNA scored 27 points.
UNC Pembroke ended its season at 9-2. The win was UNA’s ninth straight win overall and fifth straight road win.
North Alabama gained 376 yards of total offense with 275 rushing and 101 passing. Luke Wingo led the way, completing 11-of-15 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown and rushing for 67 yards. Lamonte Thompson rushed for 98 yards on 14 carries.
Pembroke entered the game averaging 455 total yards and 342 passing yards per game but was held to 304 total yards and just 214 passing. Charles finished the game 24-of-39 for 206 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions.
Coastal Carolina 48, Bethune-Cookman 24: Alex Ross threw a career-high four touchdowns – two to Matt Hazel – and Walter Payton Award candidate Lorenzo Taliaferro added one on the ground to lead the host Chanticleers.
The No. 11-seeded Chanticleers (11-2) set a program record with 11 wins, while the Wildcats drop to 10-3. Coastal Carolina will travel west to face No. 8 seed Montana for the second round on Saturday in Missoula.
Buck Buchanan Award candidate Quinn Backus led the Chanticleers with 15 tackles, including three for losses, while fellow linebacker Mike McClure had a 59-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
This was Coastal’s second home playoff game. In 2010 the Chants hosted Western Illinois.
Furman 30, S.C. State 20: Jarius Hollman had a 90-yard TD punt return and another 34-yard TD interception return to lead visiting Furman in an FCS first-round playoff win.
Furman (8-5, 6-2 Southern League) and S.C. State (9-4, 7-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) squared off in the first round of the twenty-four team FCS playoff field and Hollman’s TDs gave the Paladins all the padding needed for the win.
Furman trailed the Bulldogs 7-6 in the first quarter, but had 14 third quarter points, including Hollman’s interception return that put the game away. Furman had a solid ground game with Tanner Skogen collecting 116 yards.
S.C. State, the MEAC co-champion, had won eight of its past nine games in making the FCS playoffs.
Furman will advance to round two and play the No. 1 FCS seed and two-time defending FCS Champion North Dakota State on Saturday.
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