2011 FCS Playoffs: James Madison, Old Dominion Advance With First Round Wins

The FCS playoffs get underway on Saturday with four matchups, all of which can be seen on ESPN3.

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FCS Playoffs Scores, Old Dominion Vs. Norfolk State: Monarchs Advance With 35-28 Win

Old Dominion took care of Norfolk State in its opening round matchup to advance into the real FCS playoff bracket on Saturday afternoon, 35-18. The Monarchs took control early and never relinquished it, heading into the half with a 21-7 lead. From there, Old Dominion opened it up in the third quarter, keeping Norfolk State off the board while putting up 14 points to take a commanding 35-7 lead into the final 15 minutes.

Though Norfolk State attempted to mount a late charge, it was too little, too late as Old Dominion rolled to a 17-point win. The Spartans did score the final 11 points of the game, holding Old Dominion scoreless in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Monarchs advance to face No. 3 seed Georgia Southern in the second round of the FCS playoffs. Georgia Southern was idle this weekend and will host Old Dominion next weekend in a matchup to be televised by ESPN3.

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FCS Playoffs, James Madison Vs. Eastern Kentucky Final Score: Dukes Advance To Second Round On Last Second Field Goal

The first game of the 2011 FCS playoffs is in the books, and it took a game winning field goal as time expired to break a 17-17 tie between James Madison and Eastern Kentucky. The JMU Dukes came back from a 17-7 deficit third quarter deficit to advance to a second round matchup against North Dakota State in Fargo.

One week after Dae'Quan Scott ran wild for 250+ yards against UMass, the Dukes pounded the rock on the ground an amazing 68 times for 244 yards. Scott carried the ball 24 times for 78 yards this week, but was out-gained by his quarterback, Justin Thorpe. The Dukes' quarterback did almost all of his damage on the ground, keeping it an astonishing 28 times for 93 yards. But that wasn't all out of the JMU backfield. Despite the 52 combined carries from Scott and Thorpe, neither found the end zone as third option Jordan Anderson took it in for the Dukes' two touchdowns on the day.

JMU now travels to Fargo to face the number two seeded North Dakota State Bison. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with kickoff scheduled for 3PM next Saturday.

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