James Madison's Kenny Sims scored his third touchdown of the game, a 25-yard run on the first play of the second overtime period, and the Dukes recovered a Delaware fumble on fourth down at the 2-yard line to preserve a 42-35 victory in the first round of the NCAA Division I-AA football playoffs at Delaware Stadium yesterday.
Blue Hens running back Lanue Johnson bobbled the pitch from quarterback Bill Vergantino, as Delaware (10-2) attempted to send the game into a third overtime with a tying touchdown. Dukes' defensive tackle Tyrone Washington pounced on the loose ball to end the ballgame.
JMU (9-3) will play Samford (11-1) on Saturday in the quarterfinals. Samford's Surkano Edwards ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns to help beat New Hampshire (9-3), 29-13, yesterday.
Also, Jeff Wilkins kicked a 33-yard field goal with six seconds remaining, giving Youngstown State (9-3) a 17-16 victory over Villanova (10-2) in another first-round game.
Youngstown State will travel to Nevada for a quarterfinal gamnext week. Dedrick Holmes ran for 133 yards and Fred Gatlin threw two touchdown passes as the top-ranked Wolf Pack (12-0) beat McNeese State (6-4-2), 22-16.
And Markus Thomas rushed for 185 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown, as Eastern Kentucky (11-1) beat Appalachian State (8-4), 14-3, also in the first round.
Eastern Kentucky will play host in a quarterfinal game againsMiddle Tennessee State (9-3), a 20-19 winner in overtime against Sam Houston State (8-3-1).
Also yesterday, Dewey Klein kicked a 28-yard field goal in overtime to give Marshall (9-3) a 20-17 victory over Western Illinois (7-4-1) and a quarterfinal berth against Northern Iowa, which defeated Weber State, 38-21, last night
Michael Mann and Jay Murray each rushed for two touchdowns as top-ranked Indiana, Pa., (12-0) routed Shippensburg (10-3), 52-7. Indiana advanced to the semifinals for the third straight year and will play next Saturday at Jacksonville State (11-0), which ripped Mississippi College (7-4-1), 35-7, on Sean Richardson's two third-quarter touchdowns.
In other Division II playoff action, Darren Dawson scored three touchdowns as Pittsburg State (11-1-1) held off a strong rally from East Texas State (8-4-1) for a 38-28 quarterfinal victory. Pittsburg State will travel to Oregon next Saturday to take on Portland State (11-2), a 37-27 winner over Mankato State.
Bill Franks caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in overtime as Dayton (12-0) beat defending NCAA Division III champion Allegheny (11-1), 28-25, ending the nation's longest winning streak at 24.
Dayton, whose 22-game winning streak was ended by Allegheny in last year's playoffs, advances to the semifinals against St. John's (11-0), 29-10 winners over Wisconsin-La Crosse on four touchdowns by Jay Conzemius.
LTC In other Division III games, Jim Filipovits rolled left for a 2-yard touchdown with 47 seconds to play to send Susquehanna (11-1) a 31-24 victory over Lycoming (10-1) and its first trip to the NCAA Division III semifinals, where it will play host to eastern region champion Ithaca on Saturday. Ithaca (10-1) defeated Union (10-1) yesterday, 35-23, ending Union's 18-game winning streak.