ISU Football Advances to National Quarterfinals

By Josh Simon

December 1, 2012 Updated Dec 1, 2012 at 11:46 PM CDT

Courtesy ISU Sports Information:

Shelby Harris’ blocked extra point attempt in overtime sealed No. 15 Illinois State’s (9-3) thrilling 38-37 overtime victory Saturday over No. 6 Appalachian State (8-4) in second round action of the FCS playoffs at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C. The Redbirds advance to the FCS Playoffs quarterfinals and will play Eastern Washington next weekend at a site to be determined.

Tied 31-31 after regulation, Illinois State received the ball first and needed only one play to find the end zone in overtime. Quarterback Matt Brown connected with James O’Saughnessy on a 25-yard completion for the score. Nick Aussiker’s extra point made it 38-31 with possession moving to Appalachian State. The Mountaineers also struck quickly, needing four plays to score. Jamal Jackson’s four-yard toss to Andrew Peacock made it a one-point game, but Harris blocked Sam Martin’s extra point, sealing the 38-37 overtime win.

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