3:15 PM ET, December 1, 2007
3:15 PM ET, December 1, 2007
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Nick Hill threw for 216 yards and three touchdowns in a matchup of quarterbacks, pacing fourth-ranked Southern Illinois to a 34-27 victory Saturday over No. 7 Massachusetts in a Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal.
All of Hill's TD tosses came in the first half as Southern Illinois (12-1) rolled to a 27-13 halftime lead, then held on against the Minutemen (10-3) and quarterback Liam Coen, who threw for a school-record 421 yards and three TDs.
The Salukis, into the semifinals for the first time since winning the national title in 1983, will play Delaware on Friday. The Blue Hens stunned Northern Iowa 39-27 on Saturday, knocking out the only team to have defeated Southern Illinois this season.
The last of Coen's TD passes was a 4-yarder to Brad Listorti that pulled the Minutemen -- champions of the Colonial Athletic Association and last season's national runner-up -- to within 34-27 with four minutes left.
The Salukis got three more first downs and managed to run out the clock.
Hill became the first Saluki in school history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season. John Randle added 86 yards on the ground, and Larry Warner had 64-yard touchdown run that put the Salukis up 34-13.
Southern Illinois, which entered averaging 40 points per game, scored touchdowns on its first three possessions, the first coming 53 seconds and three plays into the game.
Hill dodged a rush and hit tight end Byron Gettis along the sideline pass. He did the rest, rambling 69 yards for the touchdown -- the longest play Massachusetts gave up this season.
The Salukis pushed the margin to 13-0 on their next possession on Richard White's 10 yard run, one play after Hill kept the drive alive with an 8-yard scramble on third and seven.
After an 8-yard TD pass from Hill to Rick Burgess extended the Salukis' lead to 20-3, Coen hit Rasheed Rancher on a 71-yard scoring pass -- the Minutemen's longest play of the season -- to close to 20-10.
Southern Illinois closed out first half with a 9-yard TD pass from Hill to Randle with just over a minute to go.
|3rd Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|TD||14:07||Byron Gettis 69 Yd Pass From Nick Hill (Kyle Dougherty Kick)||0||7|
|TD||08:36||Richard White 10 Yd Run (Pat Failed)||0||13|
|FG||04:15||Chris Koepplin 46 Yd||3||13|
|TD||01:22||Rick Burgess 8 Yd Pass From Nick Hill (Kyle Dougherty Kick)||3||20|
|TD||01:05||Rasheed Rancher 71 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Chris Koepplin Kick)||10||20|
|FG||06:04||Chris Koepplin 25 Yd||13||20|
|TD||01:02||John Randle 9 Yd Pass From Nick Hill (Kyle Dougherty Kick)||13||27|
|TD||06:52||Larry Warner 64 Yd Run (Kyle Dougherty Kick)||13||34|
|TD||01:17||Jeremy Horne 30 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Chris Koepplin Kick)||20||34|
|TD||04:00||Brad Listorti 4 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Chris Koepplin Kick)||27||34|