FARGO, N.D. — Easton Stick threw for three first-half touchdowns and ran for another in the second half and second-seeded North Dakota State rolled to a 42-10 win over seventh-seeded Wofford in the FCS quarterfinals on Saturday.

Bruce Anderson also ran for two scores in the first half for the Bison (12-1), who play the winner of Saturday's late game, Sam Houston State, in the semifinals next weekend at home.

Stick completed 9 of 10 passes in the first half for 157 yards with touchdowns to Connor Wentz (48 yards), Seth Wilson (18 yards) and Jeff Illies (4 yards).

The Bison piled up 265 yards and held Wofford to 95 with just four first downs, two coming on fourth down conversions. The Terriers got a field goal on their initial possession and a touchdown after a fumble recovery gave them a short field.

Stick's 7-yard run accounted for the only points in the second half.

NDSU, which won five-straight titles before losing to eventual champion James Madison in the semifinals last year, piled up 261 yards on the ground and 464 yards of total offense. While the Bison were seven yards shy of their season average on the ground, they held the Terriers (10-3) to 134, 120 below their average.

Wofford ended up with eight first downs and 177 yards, going 1 of 12 on third down.


S. DAKOTA ST. 56, NEW HAMPSHIRE 14: Taryn Christion threw two scoring passes to Jake Wieneke and both ran for another touchdown, Cade Johnson returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and fifth-seeded South Dakota State whipped visiting New Hampshire. The Jackrabbits (11-2) play at defending champion and top-seeded James Madison, winner of 25 straight, next weekend. Christion, Wieneke and Isaac Wallace each ran for a score in the first quarter as South Dakota State bolted to a 21-0 lead. Wieneke scored untouched from 48 yards on a reverse around the right side. Christion found Wieneke for a 32-yard touchdown to make it 28-0 at the half. Wallace added a 48-yard TD run late in the third quarter before the Wildcats (9-5) got on the board with a 75-yard scoring play, Trevor Knight hooking up with Kieran Presley. However, Johnson quickly wiped that out with his return. South Dakota State finished with 451 yards of offense with Wieneke having the big day with nine catches for 140 yards for his first 100-yard game of the season and 24th of his career. Knight passed for 236 yards but was intercepted twice. Presley had seven catches for 133 yards.

SAM HOUSTON ST. 34, KENNESAW ST. 27: The No. 6-seeded Bearkats (12-1) returned to the semifinals after holding off Kennesaw State, which came into the game with the No. 15 defense in FCS. In its first meeting against Kennesaw State, Sam Houston kept the Owls (12-2) from becoming the first Big South team to reach the semifinals while ending their 12-game winning streak. The matchup featured Kennesaw's No. 1-ranked rushing attack in the FCS, which gained 352 yards, and Sam Houston's No. 1 passing attack, whose senior quarterback, Jeremiah Briscoe, threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Yedidiah Louis.

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