The first round of the FCS Playoffs are in the books while the FBS attempts to sort through more BCS chaos a year away from the switch to an effective playoff format.
While quiet with no game closer than 10 points by the final gun, the first round provided a glimpse of things to come in the 35th straight year of postseason action. Shocking outcomes and stunning individual performances littered the bracket.
Here is a look at how the first round went down, with a highlight on a few games followed by the schedule for Round 2.
|Game 1||New Hampshire, 45||Lafayette, 7|
|Game 2||Furman, 30||S. Carolina St., 20|
|Game 3||Coastal Carolina, 43||Bethune-Cookman, 24|
|Game 4||Fordham, 37||Sacred Heart, 27|
|Game 5||Tennessee State, 31||Butler, 0|
|Game 6||Sam Houston State, 51||Southern Utah, 20|
|Game 7||South Dakota State, 26||Northern Arizona, 7|
|Game 8||Jacksonville State, 55||Samford, 14|
Coastal Carolina Defeated Bethune-Cookman
Coastal Carolina (11-2, 4-1 Big South) entered its Round 1 matchup with Bethune-Cookman (10-3, 7-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) touting the third-best scoring offense in the FCS, but was tasked with overcoming the second-best defense.
Quarterback Alex Ross was more than up to the task.
Ross threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Chanticleers to a 48-24 victory, marking the second year in a row Coastal Carolina eliminated Bethune-Cookman.
Tennessee State Defeated Butler
This one was a bit of a surprise.
Tennessee State (10-3, 6-2 Ohio Valley Conference) blew past Butler (9-4, 7-1 Pioneer Football League), 31-0.
Quarterback Michael German led Tennessee State with a 14-of-24 effort for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Tigers receiver Ryan Mitchell caught three passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bulldogs, the first-ever team from the Pioneer Football League to make the tournament, were simply overmatched and only mustered 257 total yards.
Fordham Defeated Sacred Heart
Fordham (12-1, Patriot League) had a slight issue with Sacred Heart (10-3, 4-2, Northeast Conference) in Round 1 on the way to a 37-27 victory.
Sacred Heart running back Keshauda Spence ran wild for 194 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough to overcome the aerial assault orchestrated by Fordham quarterback Michael Nebrich.
FINAL SCORE - Fordham 37, Sacred Heart 27 - Rams move on to face Towson at 1 PM next Saturday— Fordham Athletics (@FordhamRams) November 30, 2013
Nebrich was outstanding with 413 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown to his stellar totals.
While Spence was great on the ground, his two fumbles helped to decide the game.
Second Round on Dec. 7
No. 1 Furman vs. North Dakota State at 3:30 p.m. ET
No. 2 Tennessee State vs. Eastern Illinois at 2 p.m. ET
No. 3 South Dakota St. vs. Eastern Washington vs. at 4 p.m. ET
No. 4 Sam Houston St. vs. Southeastern Louisiana at 8 p.m. ET
No. 5 New Hampshire vs. Maine at 2 p.m. ET
No. 6 Jacksonville St. vs. McNeese State vs. at 7 p.m. ET
No. 7 Fordham vs. Towson at 1 p.m. ET
No. 8 Coastal Carolina vs. Montana at 2 p.m. ET
Quarterfinals on Dec. 13-14
Semifinals on Dec. 20-21
Championship on Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. ET
Note: All info courtesy of NCAA.com.