CARBONDALE, Ill.—William and Mary's 24-3 victory against Southern Illinois on Saturday did more than put the Tribe into the FCS national semifinals. It also gave Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock, in his 30th season as W&M's head coach, his 200th victory.
"It's pretty cool," Tribe senior quarterback R.J. Archer said. "You look at it coming into the season and you think, he needs 11 wins to get there, and you think maybe he'll get there, maybe he won't. But it's pretty sweet.
Laycock is now 200-140-2.
He became the 13th coach in FCS history to reach the mark.
Nova do-overSaturday's win sets up a rematch for the Tribe at Villanova, where it lost 28-17 on Oct. 3 in a top-five showdown. William and Mary went into that game ranked No. 5 in the country, while the Wildcats, who scored on a 57-yard flea-flicker on the game's first play and never looked back, were No. 2.
"I haven't even thought about that, to be honest with you," Laycock said. "I just thought about seeing what we could do to win this ballgame, and we did. Now we'll see who we end up playing, and what goes on after that, we'll worry about that tomorrow. I thought our guys did a great job focusing in on this one and putting the (first-round game against) Weber State behind us and just saying, 'OK, let's get ready for the next one,' and I would assume they'll do the same thing next week."
Sack retractWilliam and Mary senior defensive end Adrian Tracy had four tackles and a sack, tying the school single-season record of 11.
He came awfully close to No. 12 in the third quarter, but officials ruled Salukis quarterback Paul McIntosh was able to get off an incomplete pass, though replays appeared to show that both of the QB's knees were on the ground before he released the ball.
"Whether I think I had it or not, it doesn't matter," Tracy said. "They didn't give it to me. We just go out there and play. … That's all I want to do. If I get a sack, I get a sack. If not, I move on to the next play and give all you got."
QB shuffleMcIntosh, who'd started in place of Chris Dieker since Dieker broke his collarbone in October, showed an ability to hurt the Tribe with his feet, scrambling for several big first downs. But McIntosh hurt his shoulder in the third quarter, leaving Dieker, who returned to practice this week, to try to rally the Salukis from a 17-3 deficit.
Dieker finished the game 5-of-11 for 54 yards and a late interception by B.W. Webb. McIntosh was 6-of-11 for 49 yards and led Southern Illinois with 63 rushing yards.
"We knew that (Dieker) had a little injury and he wasn't too mobile," Tracy said. "When we saw him in the game, we kind of, as a defensive front, kind of pinned our ears back and got excited about that. But he was able to make some plays for them as well. So we just had to adjust to the slight change, and most of all, just play our game, which is to go after people."