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Defending champs App. State holds off Eastern Washington

BOONE, N.C. (AP) -- Armanti Edwards threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead two-time champion Appalachian State to a 38-35 win over Eastern Washington Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision playoff quarterfinals.

Edwards had 221 yards passing and rushed for 126 yards for the Mountaineers (11-2), who tied an NCAA record with their 10th straight postseason win.

Appalachian State, which stunned Michigan in Ann Arbor on
national TV to open the season, built a 38-21 lead on Kevin Richardson's 16-yard touchdown run with 6:07 left, then had to hold off a furious Eastern Washington rally.

Dale Morris scored from a yard out to cut the lead to 38-28 and Matt Nichols found Matt Martin for a 2-yard score to make it 38-35 with 28 seconds remaining.

The Mountaineers then recovered the onside kick and ran out the
clock, advancing to the semifinals next week against Richmond,
which took a 21-10 victory over Wofford Saturday night.

Nichols was 24 of 42 for 185 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and Morris rushed for 69 yards for Eastern Washington (9-4), which had its five-game winning streak snapped a week after upsetting No. 2 seed McNeese State.