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St. Louis, Missouri
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Sunday, November 25, 1990
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SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 25, 1990 ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH SPORTS COLLEGE FOOTBALL NCAA PLAYOFFS TM?" - .. . ' - 77 : ; f - - ' ' - : Southwest's Marcus Shipp brings down Idaho's Kasey Dunn during the first half. High-Powered Offense Helps Idaho Top Southwest Missouri Compiled From Staff and Wire Reports SPRINGFIELD, Mo. It was supposed to be a football game. But it turned out to be more like a relay race Saturday afternoon at Briggs Stadium. Steve Nolan threw for 406 yards and Devon Pearce ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns to lift Idaho past Southwest Missouri State 41-35 in an NCAA Division 1-AA first round playoff game. "It was definitely a track meet," Idaho coach John L. Smith said. "I thought the team that had the ball last would win." It did. But that's only because Idaho held the Bears on a defensive stand with less than a minute to play and took over on downs and ran out the clock. On a fourth-and-11 play from the Idaho 45, Southwest quarterback DeAndre Smith completed a pass to Randy Rapert. But Rapert, from Hills-boro (Mo.), was stopped just short of the first down. "We were limited on time and were .out of timeouts," DeAndre Smith said. "I thought we had a chance to punch it in. But on our last play, we had no time to huddle. We had to call our play at the line of scrimmage. We came up a foot short." , Southwest Missouri State Held a 3-0 lead before Idaho scored on three successive possessions for a 21-17 halftime advantage. But Southwest rallied, and tied the game 35-35 with 14 minutes 55 seconds left on a 24-yard field goal by Richard Grote. But the Vandals converted two field goals late in the game. "We were prepared as well as we could possibly be," Bears coach Jesse Branch said. "But they had excellent running backs and an excellent quarterback and excellent receivers. When you've got that situation, you can score some points. We blitzed them early, but they made some yardage with the draw and Pearce coming up the middle and we couldn't take away everything. It was a guessing game for us all day." Smith, from Berkeley High and the Gateway Conference's offensive player of the year this season, led the Bears attack with 172 yards passing and one touchdown. He also ran 24 times for 68 yards and one touchdown. "They're offense is great," Smith, the Idaho coach, said. "We don't see that very often, as you could tell. Smith is outstanding. " Idaho (9-3) had 578 total yards on offense the Bears compiled 456. The Vandals, who hail from the Big Sky Conference, play Georgia Southern in a second round game next week. Southwest Missouri, which advanced to the second round of the playoffs before losing last season, finishes its season at 9-3. NCAA DIVISION l-AA PLAYOFFS Defense Keys M. Tennessee By The Associated Press MURFREESBORO, Tenn. Top-ranked Middle Tennessee State converted three Jackson State turnovers into touchdowns to win tits NCAA Division I-AA first-round playoff game 28-7 Saturday. Middle Tennessee State advances to next Saturday's quarterfinal round against Boise State. O.J. Smith 4riggered Middle Tennessee's offense by passing for one touchdown and rushing for another. Safety Marty Carter recovered two fumbles for the top-seeded Blue Raiders ( 1 1 -1 ) . Boise State 20, N. Iowa 3: Cornerback Frank Robinson's three interceptions led a Boise State defense that picked off six Northern Iowa passes en route to its victory. Boise State will play top-ranked Middle Tennessee State next Saturday in Boise. Boise State's defense held Northern Iowa to minus-5 yards rushing and quarterback Jay Johnson was able to complete just 13 passes in 45 attempts, good for 161 yards. Furman 35, E. Kentucky 17: Frankie DeBusk passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as Furman pulled away from Eastern Kentucky and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. C. Florida 20, Youngstown 17: Franco Grilla kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give Central Florida a victory over previously unbeaten Youngstown State. Central Florida had marched 71 yards in 10 plays to set up the game-winning kick. William & Mary 38, Massachusetts 0: Alan Williams scored four touchdowns and the William & Mary defense posted its first shutout in four years as the Tribe beat Massachusetts and moved into next Saturday's quar-terinal round against Central Florida. The Tribe gained 500 yards against a defense ranked No. 2 in Division 1-AA. Quarterback Chris Hakel accounted for 311 of them by completing 20 of 27 passes. Georgia Southern 31, The Citadel O: Quarterback Raymond Gross threw for 130 yards and a touchdown to lead Georgia Southern to a shutout victory over The Citadel to advance to the quarterfinals next Saturday against Idaho. Nevada 27, NE Louisiana 14: Treamelle Taylor's 53-yard punt return set up the first of Nevada's three touchdowns in the second quarter, and the Big Sky Conference champions (11-1) advanced to a quarterfinal matchup with Furman next Saturday in Reno. Nevada spotted Northeast Louisiana (7-5) a 7-0 lead but took control from there. NCAA DIVISION II AND III PLAYOFFS Pittsburg St. Advances With Romp By The Associated Press PITTSBURG, Kan. Darren Dawson rushed for 101 yards and scored four touchdowns and the Pittsburg State defense forced eight turnovers as the Gorillas defeated East Texas State 60-28 in an NCAA Division II quarterfinal playoff game Saturday. Pittsburg State (12-0), ranked third in the final Division II rankings, advances to next Saturday's semifinal round against No. 1 North Dakota State in Fargo, N.D. East Texas State (10-3) took a 7-0 lead when Jarrod Owens fumbled into the end zone and the Lions' Gary Compton recovered for a touchdown. But the Gorillas stormed to a 39-14 halftime lead as Ronald Moore's 11-yard TD run tied the game 7-7. Jay Padden connected with Jody Truitt on a pair of 8-yard scoring passes for the Gorillas. The Lions outgained the Gorillas 421-404. N. Dakota State 47, Cal Poly-SLO O: In Fargo, N.D., top-ranked North Dakota State crushed turnover-prone Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo as Chris Simdorn and Marty Sieh ran for two touchdowns. The Bison improved their record to 12-0. Indiana (Pa.) 14, Edinboro 7: Tony Aliucci threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the first half to give Indiana (Pa.) all the points it needed to defeat visiting Edinboro and advance against Mississippi College next Saturday. Mississippi College 14, Jacksonville St. 7: Dexter Rouhlec's 37-yard run early in the fourth quarter lifted Mississippi College over Jacksonville State. Mississippi College (11-1) is the defending champion in Division II. Division III Playoffs MEADVILLE, Pa. Allegheny safety David LaCarte intercepted a Dayton pass on his own 2-yard line to set up the scoring drive that lifted the Gators to a 31-23 victory over Dayton and ended the nation's longest winning streak at 22 games. Dayton was last season's NCAA Division III champion. Hof stra 38, Trenton St. 3: Rhory Moss completed 23 AP I East Texas State's Terry Bagsby closes in on Pittsburg State running back Darren Dawson during the second quarter. of 47 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns as undefeated Hofstra advanced to the semifinals with a lopsided victory. Hofstra, which averaged 47.2 points a game this season, set a Division III playoff record with 429 passing yards. Lycoming 24, Washington & Jefferson O: Ed Dougherty passed for 286 yards and three touchdowns to lead Lycoming. Dougherty completed 24 of 40 passes, and Matt Harvey made six receptions for 60 yards and a 14-yard touchdown. Central Iowa 33, St. Thomas 32: Rich Kacmar-ynski scored on a 1-yard run with 1 minute 41 seconds remaining to lift Central Iowa despite a 383-yard passing effort by St. Thomas' Steve Muetzel. 5F : mm Jm&wm &m?i2! Willi twites. p.t.k,.t aO w Prices Effective thru December 1 ' s

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