Easton Stick threw for three first-half touchdowns and ran for another in the second half and second-seeded North Dakota State rolled to a 42-10 win over seventh-seeded Wofford in the FCS quarterfinals on Saturday in Fargo.
Bruce Anderson also ran for two scores in the first half for the Bison (12-1).
Stick completed 9 of 10 passes in the first half for 157 yards with touchdowns to Connor Wentz (48 yards), Seth Wilson (18 yards) and Jeff Illies (4 yards).
The Bison piled up 265 yards and held Wofford to 95 with just four first downs, two coming on fourth down conversions. The Terriers got a field goal on their initial possession and a touchdown after a fumble recovery gave them a short field.
Stick’s 7-yard run accounted for the only points in the second half.
NDSU, which won five straight titles before losing to eventual champion James Madison in the semifinals last year, piled up 261 yards on the ground and 464 yards of total offense.
South Dakota State 56, New Hampshire 14: Taryn Christion threw two scoring passes to Jake Wieneke and both ran for another touchdown, Cade Johnson returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and fifth-seeded South Dakota State whipped New Hampshire in the FCS quarterfinals in Brookings, S.D. — setting up the program’s first trip to the FCS semifinals.
Christion, Wieneke and Isaac Wallace each ran for a score in the first quarter as South Dakota State (11-2) bolted to a 21-0 lead. Wieneke scored untouched from 48 yards on a reverse around the right side.
Christion found Wieneke for a 32-yard touchdown to make it 28-0 at the half.
Wallace added a 48-yard TD run late in the third quarter before the Wildcats (9-5) got on the board with a 75-yard scoring play, Trevor Knight hooking up with Kieran Presley. However, Johnson quickly wiped that out with his return.
Division III playoffs
Mount Union 43, UW-Oshkosh 40: Josh Petruccelli and Jawanza Evans-Morris ran for two touchdowns each and second-seeded Mount Union rallied from 25 points down in the second half to defeat No. 3 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 43-40 when the Titans missed a 46-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the D-III semifinal.
The Purple Raiders (14-0), in the semifinals for the 23rd straight year, go after their 13th title on Friday in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va., vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor, which beat Brockport State 24-0 Saturday.
D’Angelo Fulford threw for a touchdown and ran for another for Mount Union, who trailed 35-10 after the Titans (12-1) scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter.
The Raiders rallied quickly with three TDs in less than five minutes but trailed 35-30 on a failed two-point conversion.
Host Oshkosh responded with a 35-yard field goal by Turner Geisthardt to make it 38-30 with 14:51 to play.