FCS Playoffs 2013: Round 2 Results, Quarterfinals Schedule and Bracket Update

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 8, 2013

Aug 30, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; North Dakota State Bison quarterback Brock Jensen (16) hands off the ball during first-half action against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
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The second round of the FCS college football playoffs wrapped up on Saturday night, and now the quarterfinals are set to take place next weekend.

There were a couple of surprising upsets and a lot of exciting play throughout the second round.  However, North Dakota State continues to dominate its opponents, improving to 12-0 with a dominating win over Furman.  The Bison are still the favorites to win in all, but the rest of the field will be looking to take them down.

Below is a recap of all of the games from the second round, followed by a look at the updated bracket and schedule for the quarterfinals.


Updated Bracket

The up-to-date FCS bracket can be found here, courtesy of NCAA.com.


2nd-Round Scores

North Dakota State 38, Furman 7

Jan 5, 2013; Frisco, TX, USA;  North Dakota State Bison quarterback Brock Jensen (16) reacts to beating the Sam Houston State Bearkats in the FCS Championship football game at FC Dallas Stadium. North Dakota State beat Sam Houston State 39-13.  Mandatory

What more can you ask from the top seed in the tournament and the two-time defending champion?

The Bison had no problem taking down their opponents in the cold weather, putting up over 500 yards of total offense.  Quarterback Brock Jensen led the charge with 249 passing yards and two touchdowns along with another 86 yards and a score on the ground.

They're still the favorites to win it all, and with games like this, it's easy to see why.


Montana 35, Coastal Carolina 42

It was certainly a close one, but Coastal Carolina pushed past the Montana Grizzlies in an exciting shootout.

Alex Ross completed 16 of his 21 passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns, adding another 123 rushing yards in the big win.  Jordan Johnson threw for 388 yards and four scores of his own for the Grizzlies, but it simply wasn't enough.

Coastal Carolina will play North Dakota State in the next round.


South Dakota State 17, Eastern Washington 41

Aug 31, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Eastern Washington Eagles quarterback Vernon Adams (3) heads towards the end zone for a touchdown against Oregon State Beavers in the second half at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The game was tied 14-14 at halftime, but Eastern Washington blew out South Dakota State thanks to 27 points in the second half.

Vernon Adams went off in the passing game for Eastern Washington, throwing five touchdowns passes, including two to Cooper Kupp.  Meanwhile, Quincy Forte ran for a career-high 202 rushing yards.


Jacksonville State 31, McNeese State 10

Despite McNeese State being the No. 6 seed, it wasn't able to keep from being blown out against Jacksonville State. 

The Gamecocks were up 21-0 at half, while the team set a school record with 11 sacks against the Cowboys.  Jacksonville State moves to 11-3 and will be looking for another big win in the quarterfinals.


Towson 48, Fordham 28

While the game was tied 21-21 at halftime, it was Towson that came away with a big win after blowing out Fordham in the second half.

Terrance West had yet another impressive performance, running for 76 yards and three touchdowns.  He now leads the nation with 33 rushing touchdowns, and he just keeps finding ways to get into the end zone.


Tennessee State 10, Eastern Illinois 51

Aug 31, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Alex Pierce (72) celebrate following a 40-18 win against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY S
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

The Eastern Illinois Panthers continue their great season, moving to 12-1 with a dominating performance against Tennessee State.

The Panthers went up 37-0 at halftime, and just kept scoring.  Jimmy Garoppolo finished with 240 passing yards and three touchdowns in the big win, while Shepard Little added 184 yards and two scores on just 12 carries.


New Hampshire 41, Maine 27

Sean Goldrich threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-27 passing on Saturday, leading New Hampshire to its ninth win of the season over No. 5 Maine.

Damarr Autman had the play of the game for Maine, returning a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.  Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to keep the Wildcats from advancing.


Sam Houston State 29, Southeastern Louisiana 30

It was a very strange second half, but Southeastern Louisiana was able to come up with the win thanks to a game-winning touchdown with just 36 seconds remaining.

Bryan Bennett had a big game, racking up 369 total yards of offense and three total touchdowns, while Sam Houston State's Brian Bell completed just three of 15 passes for 15 yards along with 59 rushing yards and a touchdown.


Quarterfinals Preview

North Dakota State vs. Coastal Carolina

When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 12 p.m. ET

With a huge upset win over Montana, Coastal Carolina will be looking to ride that momentum into this game against the Bison.

Unfortunately for the Chanticleers, they'll be playing the best team in the FCS, and that's going to be really hard to do.  Brock Jensen continues to lead this team by making huge plays both through the air and on the ground, which will make him too difficult to contain.


Eastern Washington vs. Jacksonville State

When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. ET

After that five-touchdown performance from Vernon Adams, it's safe to say that he has the hot hand entering this one.

Much like Coastal Carolina, the Gamecocks are hoping to keep their exciting run going as underdogs, but they have better chances.  Eastern Washington is still a good team, however, with a great running back in Quincy Forte along with Adams under center, and that high-powered offense should continue to shine.


Towson vs. Eastern Illinois

Aug 29, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Towson Tigers head coach Rob Ambrose speaks to quarterback Peter Athens (7) and wide receiver Spencer Wilkins (10) during the first half of a game against the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit:
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When: Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET

Besides North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois is the best team in this tournament.  The Panthers blew up for 51 points on Saturday, and with just one loss this season, it's easy to see just how good this team really is.

Garoppolo is starting to draw some national attention, as he's now thrown for 51 touchdowns and is approaching 5,000 yards through the air.  He's the most productive quarterback in the FCS, and that should translate to a deep run in this tournament.


New Hampshire vs. Southeastern Louisiana

When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. ET

The Lions escaped with that narrow victory over Sam Houston State, but they'll have an even bigger test next week against New Hampshire, who is looking like a legitimate team after taking down Maine.

This could very well be the closest game of the quarterfinals, and New Hampshire has a serious shot at pulling off another upset win.  With Sean Goldrich and Justin Mello, this passing game could continue to lead the Wildcats into the semifinals.


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