FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Anthony Lawrence threw three touchdown passes and Emilio Martinez had 20 carries for 117 yards and a score to help San Diego beat Northern Arizona 41-10 on Saturday night in the first round of the FCS Playoffs.
Ross Dwelley had six receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns and Justin Priest added five catches for 93 yards and a score for San Diego. The Toreros (10-2) will play No. 2 seed North Dakota State next Saturday.
Northern Arizona went three-and-out on each of its first four possessions and had minus-29 yards in the first quarter before Lawrence hit Dwelley for a 26-yard touchdown that gave San Diego a 17-0 lead just more than a minute into the second quarter.
Case Cookus had a 32-yard run and was 4-of-5 passing for 40 yards — including a 6-yard TD to Terrell Brown — during six-play, 82-yard drive that trimmed NAU's deficit to 10 points about two minutes later, but Martinez scored on a 14-yard run to make it 24-7 with five minutes left in the half and the Lumberjacks trailed by at least 14 the rest of the way.
NAU (7-5), which came in ranked No. 14 nationally in total offense (448.4 yards per game), committed three turnovers and was limited to a season-low 238 total yards.
WEBER ST. 21, W. ILLINOIS 19: Stefan Cantwell hooked up with Drew Batchelor for two second-quarter touchdowns and then found tight end Andrew Vollert for a 21-yard score in the fourth quarter as Weber State advanced to play in-state Big Sky rival Southern Utah in the second round. Trailing 3-0, Cantwell gave the Wildcats (10-2) the lead for good when he connected with Batchelor for a 33-yard score. After Sam Crosa's second field goal pulled the Leathernecks (8-4) within a point, Cantwell found Batchelor for a 3-yard score and a 14-6 lead at halftime. Western Illinois scored on a 7-yard run by Clint Ratkovich with 35 seconds left in the third quarter, but the two-point conversion failed and the Leathernecks trailed 14-12.
N. IOWA 46, MONMOUTH 7: Eli Dunne threw for 260 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, Nikholi Jaghai caught two of Northern Iowa's four interceptions, and the Panthers cruised past visiting Monmouth. Northern Iowa (8-4) had no turnovers and outgained the Hawks 520-202 to advance to a second-round matchup against fifth-seeded South Dakota State next Saturday. Monmouth (9-3) was scoreless until Kenji Bahar's 19-yard TD pass to Lonnie Moore made it 46-7 in the fourth quarter. Bahar finished 15 of 28 for 141 yards and accounted for all of the Hawks' turnovers with his four picks.
STONY BROOK 59, LEHIGH 29: Carbone threw for 268 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Stony Brook's four running backs together gained 361 more with six touchdowns. The Seahawks (10-2 and ranked tenth in the FCS polls) advance with six straight wins to face fellow Colonial Athletic Association foe, top-seeded and top-ranked James Madison (11-0) on Dec. 2 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The teams did not meet in conference.
KENNESAW ST. 28, SAMFORD 17: Chandler Burks threw two touchdown passes to Justin Sumpter and ran for another score, freshman Shaquil Terry rushed for a career-high 120 yards and Kennesaw State defeated visiting Samford. The Owls (11-1), who won their 11th straight and finished 7-0 at home, play at third-seeded Jacksonville State (10-1) next Saturday. Burks threw just 11 passes, completing five, for 54 yards and ran for 72 yards on 15 carries in a 329-yard rushing attack. Samford's Devlin Hodges was 39 of 66 for 396 yards passing with a touchdown and interception. Shelling finished with 12 catches for 186 yards and his score.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 14, CCSU 0: Trevor Knight threw for 299 yards and a touchdown, Evan Gray scored on a short run with 1:04 remaining, and New Hampshire beat Central Connecticut State. New Hampshire (8-4) will play fourth-seeded Central Arkansas (10-1) next Saturday.
FURMAN 28, ELON 27: Furman QB P.J. Blazejowski threw two touchdown passes to Andy Schumpert and Donavan Perryman blocked Elon's potential game-tying extra point with 11 minutes left. It was the first PAT block by Furman since Ira McCune on Aug. 31, 2013. Furman (8-4) dropped a 34-31 contest to Elon on Sept. 9 during a three-game losing streak to start the season, but the Paladins advanced to play seventh-seeded Wofford (9-2) next Saturday.