Scores

Final

New Hampshire 29

(11-2, 7-1 away)

S Illinois 20

(9-3, 6-1 home)

2:00 PM ET, November 29, 2008

1 2 3 4 T
UNH 3 13 10 329
SIU 3 10 0 720

Top Performers

Passing: C. Dieker (SIU) - 163 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Dieker (SIU) - 16 CAR, 63 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Boyle (UNH) - 7 REC, 131 YDS

New Hampshire 29, S. Illinois 20

Associated Press

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- R.J. Toman threw for 257 yards as No. 10 New Hampshire defeated No. 9 Southern Illinois 29-20 in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

New Hampshire (10-2) capitalized on three SIU turnovers and a blocked punt return for a touchdown to advance to its fourth second-round playoff appearance since 2004.

With the game tight at 19-13 in the last minutes of the third quarter, New Hampshire defensive back John Clements returned a blocked SIU punt 26 yards to put New Hampshire up 26-13 heading into the final quarter.

SIU quarterback Chris Dieker answered with a 30-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Haruff to come within a score, but Kicker Tom Bishop iced the game with a 32-yard field goal, his fifth on the day.

Bishop?s five field goals tied the Division I playoff record set previously by Fordham in 2002 and Western Illinois in 2003.

Bishop and the Wildcats were given a short field on many scores because of SIU turnovers. Dieker, who finished with 163 yards, threw two interceptions and running back Larry Warner recorded a costly fumble on an early Saluki drive to set up a New Hampshire score.

New Hampshire wide receiver Mike Boyle finished with 131 yards. Nearly half of those yards came on a 54-yard reception late in the second quarter that set Toman up for a two-yard rushing touchdown to put the Wildcats up 16-13 at the half.

The loss was Southern Illinois? first at home since last season?s semifinal playoff defeat against Delaware.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNH
SIU
1st Downs1521
Total Yards384336
Passing257169
Rushing127167
Penalties6-565-45
3rd Down Conversions3-164-18
4th Down Conversions0-12-3
Turnovers43
Possession27:3632:24

Passing Leaders

New HampshireC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Toman16/322578.003
Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dieker18/361634.512

Rushing Leaders

New HampshireCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kackert16503.1014
Simpson10353.506
Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Warner21934.4030
Dieker16633.9118

Receiving Leaders

New HampshireRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boyle713118.7054
Sicko36822.7054
Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sherman34615.3024
Harruff13030.0130

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNHSIU
FG08:18Kyle Dougherty 47 Yd 03
FG04:41Tom Bishop 27 Yd 33
SECOND QUARTERUNHSIU
FG14:19Kyle Dougherty 30 Yd 36
FG12:50Tom Bishop 35 Yd 66
TD04:28Chris Dieker 1 Yd Run (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 613
FG02:34Tom Bishop 28 Yd 913
TD00:26R.J. Toman 2 Yd Run (Tom Bishop Kick) 1613
THIRD QUARTERUNHSIU
FG02:46Tom Bishop 33 Yd 1913
TD00:34John Clements 26 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Tom Bishop Kick) 2613
FOURTH QUARTERUNHSIU
TD12:57Kyle Harruff 30 Yd Pass From Chris Dieker (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 2620
FG02:13Tom Bishop 32 Yd 2920