Football notes: FCS quarterfinal round
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 12/07/2017
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Wofford's Blake Morgan
Courtesy: Wofford Athletics

Dec. 9 (Saturday)
Wofford at North Dakota State (ESPN2/WatchESPN), 12 p.m.


• No. 7 national seed Wofford heads to Fargo, North Dakota, for a Saturday meeting with No. 2 seed North Dakota State. The Terriers will be meeting the five-time FCS champions for just the second time ever and the first since a quarterfinal meeting in 2012, won 14-7 by the Bison en route to their second FCS national title.

• The Terriers earned their second straight trip to the FCS quarterfinals with a 28-10 win over SoCon rival and 25th-ranked Furman on Saturday in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Blake Morgan ran for 39 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 43 yards and another score. Lennox McAfee had 163 all-purpose yards on 98 yards rushing and 63 on kickoff returns and two on punt returns, while quarterback Brandon Goodson was an efficient 8-for-11 for 88 yards and a TD.

• North Dakota State is 11-1 overall on the season and went 7-1 in league play to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference title for the seventh straight season. The Bison’s lone loss this year came at the hands of South Dakota State on Nov. 4.

• Southern Conference teams are 0-4 against NDSU in the FCS playoffs all-time. Georgia Southern faced the Bison in the semifinals in 2011 and 2012, while Wofford fell to North Dakota State in the quarterfinals in 2012 and Furman lost to NDSU in the second round in 2013. All four games were in Fargo and the Bison went on to win national championships in each of those seasons.

• Wofford’s win over Furman in the second round was its second this season, as the squads met to open the 2017 slate. The Terriers earned a 24-23 win in that contest, intercepting a 2-point conversion attempt with 46 seconds left.

• Wofford, which earned a first-round bye for the first time since 2012, is in the FCS playoffs for the eighth time and second season in a row. The Terriers’ deepest run came in their first appearance, when they reached the semifinals in 2003.

• Wofford moved to 10-2 on the season with the win for Furman, giving the Terriers consecutive seasons with double-digit wins for the first time in school history.

• The Terriers, who were the preseason pick to win the SoCon for the first time ever, lived up to the billing, claiming their fifth league title.

• The Southern Conference earned three bids to the NCAA Division I Football Championship, with league champion and automatic qualifier Wofford claiming the No. 7 national seed and a first-round bye. Furman earned a first-round win over No. 17 Elon, while Samford, which finished the regular season ranked 14th nationally, fell to No. 16 Kennesaw State in the opening round.

• The SoCon put multiple teams in the field for the third straight season and the 30th time in the last 36 years.

• Southern Conference teams are 29-20 in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. The league has not had a team advance to the semifinals since 2012, when Georgia Southern fell 23-20 to NDSU.

• The winner of Saturday’s contest advances to face either Kennesaw State or No. 6 seed Sam Houston State on either Dec. 15 or 16.

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