Jacksonville State 58, Charleston Southern 38 North Dakota State 23, Northern Iowa 13
** Bruce Anderson returned the second half kickoff 97 yards to turn a 10-7 deficit into a lead the four-time defending national champs would not relinquish. Anderson spun out of what looked like a sure tackle at Bison 40-yard line. It was the second straight week he’d taken a kickoff to the house; this one was definitely the turning point of the game.
Richmond 39, Illinois State 27
Sam Houston State 48, Colgate 21
** Sam Houston State is the only final four team that had to play a first round game, beating Southern Utah 42-39. The Bearkats then squeaked past McNeese State in the second round, 34-29, before having an easier time against Colgate.
Friday, December 18…8 p.m. EST
Richmond (10-3) at North Dakota State (11-2)
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Satruday, December 19…noon EST
Sam Houston State (11-3) at Jacksonville State (12-1)