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Anthony Chiusano | NCAA.com | December 14, 2019

FCS football championship: Bracket, schedule, scores for 2019 tournament

Bison take down Illinois State, 9-3

The 2019 FCS championship semifinal matchups are set, including four of the top-5 national seeds. 

No. 1 North Dakota State hung on 9-3 in the quarterfinals Saturday against Illinois State to win its 35th straight game and ninth straight quarterfinal game. The Bison move on to join Friday's winners, No. 2 James Madison, No. 3 Weber State and No. 5 Montana State.

The semifinals are slated for Saturday, Dec. 21. North Dakota State will face Montana State on one side of the bracket, while James Madison and Weber State will play for the other national championship game berth. 

Here were the results from the four quarterfinal games on Friday and Saturday. 

QUARTERFINAL RESULTS

Saturday, Dec. 14

  • No. 1 North Dakota State 9, Illinois State 3: North Dakota State failed to score a touchdown, but three field goals were enough to support a strong defensive effort. The Bison allowed 194 yards of total offense, including just 34 through the air. NDSU will play in its ninth straight FCS semifinals.

Friday, Dec. 13

  • No. 2 James Madison 17, UNI 0: James Madison shut out UNI in the first game of Friday's FCS quarterfinals. Ben DiNucci put the Dukes on the board in the first quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Polk and a field goal gave JMU a 10-0 lead at halftime. In the final three minutes of the game, Percy Agyei-Obese's one-yard touchdown run served as insurance, moving James Madison back to the semifinals for the third time in four years.
  • No. 5 Montana State 24, Austin Peay 10: Tucker Rovig completed 13-of-20 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and the Bobcats rushed for a combined 279 yards to send Montana State to the semifinals. The Bobcats will next face the winner of No. 1 North Dakota State vs. Illinois State.
  • No. 3 Weber State 17, No. 6 Montana 10: There were several momentum shifts in this game, but it was ultimately Weber State's blocked punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that secured the victory over Montana. The Grizzlies threw five interceptions, including a pick that ended their hopes of a game-tying drive with two minutes remaining. Weber State's Jack Constantine threw for 70 yards and a touchdown in the win. 

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2019 FCS playoffs: The championship bracket

Twenty-four teams were originally selected to the 2019 FCS championship bracket. Ten were awarded automatic qualification via regular season conference championship. The remaining 14 teams were selected at large.

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Below is a look at the updated 2019 bracket.

2019 FCS bracket

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FCS playoffs: Schedule, scores and how to watch

The first round of the 2019 tournament kicked off Saturday, Nov. 30 with eight first-round games, followed by eight more second-round games on Saturday, Dec. 7. The quarterfinals will be played Dec. 13-14, and semifinals on Dec. 21.

All games are hosted on campus until the national championship game. The title will be decided on Jan. 11, 2020 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Here is the round-by-round schedule, including past results:

All times in ET

SEMIFINALS (Saturday, Dec. 21)

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Saturday, Jan. 11)

  • TBD vs. TBD | Noon | ABC

Previous round results

QUARTERFINALS (Saturday, Dec. 14)

  • No. 1 North Dakota State 9, Illinois State 3: North Dakota State failed to score a touchdown, but three field goals were enough to support a strong defensive effort. The Bison allowed 194 yards of total offense, including just 34 through the air. NDSU will play in its ninth straight FCS semifinals.

QUARTERFINALS (Friday, Dec. 13)

  • No. 2 James Madison 17, UNI 0: James Madison shut out UNI in the first game of Friday's FCS quarterfinals. Ben DiNucci put the Dukes on the board in the first quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Polk and a field goal gave JMU a 10-0 lead at halftime. In the final three minutes of the game, Percy Agyei-Obese's one-yard touchdown run served as insurance, moving James Madison back to the semifinals for the third time in four years.
  • No. 5 Montana State 24, Austin Peay 10: Tucker Rovig completed 13-of-20 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and the Bobcats rushed for a combined 279 yards to send Montana State to the semifinals. The Bobcats will next face the winner of No. 1 North Dakota State vs. Illinois State.
  • No. 3 Weber State 17, No. 6 Montana 10: There were several momentum shifts in this game, but it was ultimately Weber State's blocked punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that secured the victory over Montana. The Grizzlies threw five interceptions, including a pick that ended their hopes of a game-tying drive with two minutes remaining. Weber State's Jack Constantine threw for 70 yards and a touchdown in the win. 

SECOND ROUND (Saturday, Dec. 7)

  • No. 2 James Madison 66, Monmouth 21: The Dukes scored the final 45 points, after Monmouth tied it at 21-21 six seconds into the second quarter, to advance to the quarterfinals for the third time in four seasons. JMU QB Ben DiNucci finished 21-of-25 for 273 passing yards, 66 rushing yards and four total touchdowns.
  • UNI 13, No. 7 South Dakota State 10: The Jackrabbits became the first ousted seeded team, losing on an 18-yard field goal by UNI's Matthew Cook with 2:10 left in regulation. SDSU opened a 10-0 lead after one quarter before the Panthers scored the final 13. Trevor Allen finished with 90 rushing yards and UNI's lone TD in the win.
  • Illinois State 24, No. 8 Central Arkansas 14: ISU star running back James Robinson had another huge day, racking up 210 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the upset over UCA. Illinois State reached the end zone thrice in the second quarter to open the lead, and the defense (four forced turnovers) did the rest.
  • No. 6 Montana 73, Southeastern Louisiana 28: The Grizzlies dropped 73 points for a big statement in their 2019 playoff debut. Dalton Sneed had a monster day through the air with five passing TDs — including three to Samori Toure (12 catches, 303 yards) — and RB Marcus Knight added three scores of his own in an all-around offensive display.
  • No. 5 Montana State 47, Albany 21: Tucker Rovig finished 24-of-30 with three touchdowns to lead Montana State to a breezy second-round victory. The Bobcats edged Albany handily in total offense (483-333) and forced two interceptions on defense.
  • No. 3 Weber State 26, Kennesaw State 20: An Adam Rodriguez fumble return touchdown and a Josh Davis 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter propelled the Wildcats to a one-score victory over the Owls. Weber State will play in the national quarterfinals for a third straight year.
  • No. 1 North Dakota State 37, Nicholls 13: The top-seeded Bison were tested by Nicholls early, leading just 14-10 at halftime, but pulled away in final 30 minutes. After a second-half-opening field goal by the Colonels, NDSU scored the final 24 points of the game. QB Trey Lance tallied three total scores.
  • Austin Peay 42, No. 4 Sacramento State 28: In the biggest upset of the tournament so far, Austin Peay used a 21-0 first-quarter burst to glide by top-4 national seed Sacramento State. RB Javaughn Craig finished with 164 yards and a TD — on just 12 carries. The Govs have now won their first two FCS playoff games in program history.

Follow along below for latest championship news and see the updated bracket, schedule and round-by-round results. This season's national championship game will be played Jan. 11, 2020 in Frisco, Texas.

FIRST ROUND (Saturday, Nov. 30):

  • Monmouth 44, Holy Cross 27: Monmouth star running back Peter Guerriero finished with 220 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Hawks' playoff-opening win. The 17-point win is Monmouth's first FCS playoff victory in program history, in its second appearance. Monmouth will face No. 2 James Madison in the second round.
  • Albany (NY) 42, Central Connecticut State 14: The Great Danes piled on 42 unanswered points to claim its first FCS championship victory in program history. Jeff Undercuffler led the way under center with six touchdown passes and 304 yards on 19-of-30 passing.
  • Austin Peay 42, Furman 6: Three years removed from an 0-11 season, Austin Peay is now on to the second round. The Govs routed Furman for their first-ever FCS playoff win, powered by an accurate day from QB Javaughn Craig (18-of-23, three TDs) and a stifling defensive performance (APU outgained the Paladins 434-227).
  • Illinois State 24, Southeast Missouri State 6: James Robinson accounted for 297 of ISU's 340 rushing yards in the Redbirds' dominating first round victory over SEMO. Illinois State forced two turnovers and limited SEMO to just two field goals. 
  • UNI 17, San Diego 3: The Panthers shut down an explosive San Diego offense, holding the Torreros to just a single field goal. UNI's strong defense held San Diego to just 26 rushing yards and 213 total yards of offense.
  • Nicholls 24, North Dakota 6: Nicholls QB Chase Fourcade completed 14-of-16 passes for 165 yards and added 46 yards on the ground in a two-touchdown day to lead the Colonels past North Dakota in Round 1. Next up, Nicholls will head to Fargo to take on No. 1 overall seed North Dakota State.
  • Southeastern Louisiana 45, Villanova 44: In the closest game of Round 1, Southeastern Louisiana rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to knock off Villanova by a single point. The Lions took its first and only lead of the game with 2:56 remaining on a CJ Turner 8-yard touchdown reception.
  • Kennesaw State 28, Wofford 21: The Owls put the game away with two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Jonathan Murphy, including a 61-yard dagger with four minutes left in regulation. Murphy finished with 206 yards and three touchdowns.

FCS playoffs: National championship history

North Dakota State leads all FCS programs with seven national titles, all coming since 2011. Below is the complete FCS national championship history, since 1978.

FCS CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT AND HISTORY: Everything you need to know about the tournament

YEAR CHAMPION COACH SCORE RUNNER-UP SITE
2018 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 38-24 Eastern Washington Frisco, Texas
2017 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 17-13 James Madison Frisco, Texas
2016 James Madison Mike Houston 28-14 Youngstown State Frisco, Texas
2015 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 37-10 Jacksonville State Frisco, Texas
2014 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 29-27 Illinois State Frisco, Texas
2013 North Dakota State Craig Bohl 35-7 Towson Frisco, Texas
2012 North Dakota State Craig Bohl 39-13 Sam Houston State Frisco, Texas
2011 North Dakota State Craig Bohl 17-6 Sam Houston State Frisco, Texas
2010 Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin 20-19 Delaware Frisco, Texas
2009 Villanova Andy Talley 23-21 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2008 Richmond Mike London 24-7 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2007 Appalachian State Jerry Moore 49-21 Delaware Chattanooga, Tenn.
2006 Appalachian State Jerry Moore 28-17 Massachusetts Chattanooga, Tenn.
2005 Appalachian State Jerry Moore 21-16 UNI Chattanooga, Tenn.
2004 James Madison Mickey Matthews 31-21 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2003 Delaware K.C. Keeler 40-0 Colgate Chattanooga, Tenn.
2002 Western Kentucky Jack Harbaugh 34-14 McNeese State Chattanooga, Tenn.
2001 Montana Joe Glenn 13-6 Furman Chattanooga, Tenn.
2000 Georgia Southern Paul Johnson 27-25 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
1999 Georgia Southern Paul Johnson 59-24 Youngstown State Chattanooga, Tenn.
1998 Massachusetts Mark Whipple 55-43 Georgia Southern Chattanooga, Tenn.
1997 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 10-9 McNeese State Chattanooga, Tenn.
1996 Marshall Bob Pruett 49-29 Montana Huntington, W.Va.
1995 Montana Don Read 22-20 Marshall Huntington, W.Va.
1994 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 28-14 Boise State Huntington, W.Va.
1993 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 17-5 Marshall Huntington, W.Va.
1992 Marshall Jim Donnan 31-28 Youngstown State Huntington, W.Va.
1991 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 25-17 Marshall Statesboro, Ga.
1990 Georgia Southern Tim Stowers 36-13 Nevada Statesboro, Ga.
1989 Georgia Southern Erk Russell 37-34 Stephen F. Austin * Statesboro, Ga.
1988 Furman Jimmy Satterfield 17-12 Georgia Southern Pocatello, Idaho
1987 Louisiana-Monroe Pat Collins 43-42 Marshall Pocatello, Idaho
1986 Georgia Southern Erk Russell 48-21 Arkansas State Tacoma, Wash.
1985 Georgia Southern Erk Russell 44-42 Furman Tacoma, Wash.
1984 Montana State Dave Arnold 19-6 Louisiana Tech Charleston, S.C.
1983 Southern Illinois Rey Dempsey 43-7 Western Carolina Charleston, S.C.
1982 Eastern Kentucky Roy Kidd 17-14 Delaware Wichita Falls, Texas
1981 Idaho State Dave Kragthorpe 34-23 Eastern Kentucky Wichita Falls, Texas
1980 Boise State Jim Criner 31-29 Eastern Kentucky Sacramento, Calif.
1979 Eastern Kentucky Roy Kidd 30-7 Lehigh Orlando, Fla.
1978 Florida A&M Ruby Hubbard 35-28 Massachusetts Wichita Falls, Texas

* -- Stephen F. Austin's participation in 1989 championship vacated. 

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