Receiver Matt Szczur rushed for three touchdowns, passed for one and caught another to lead Villanova to a 42-24 win over Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., on Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal.
The Wildcats (9-4) will face Eastern Washington next weekend in the semifinal.
Villanova led 21-10 after Szczur’s passing score to Norman White for 54 yards and his 31-yard touchdown catch from Chris Whitney. Szczur’s 25-yard run in the second marked the first time he’s passed, caught and rushed for a score in one game. The receiver also had rushing scores of 2 and 1 yard.
Whitney’s 5-yard run gave Villanova a 42-24 lead.
DeAndre Presley threw two touchdown passes of 14 and 38 yards – both in the second half – for Appalachian State (10-3). The Mountaineers scored on their opening drive, with Travaris Cadet’s 46-yard run.
Georgia Southern 23, Wofford 20: Jaybo Shaw ran 15 times for 60 yards and threw for a touchdown as the Eagles beat the Terriers in Spartanburg, S.C., in a quarterfinal.
Georgia Southern (10-4) led 20-3 at half and was able to withstand a furious comeback by the Terriers (10-3) to win its sixth straight game.
The Terriers turned the ball over on their first two possessions, leading to touchdowns.
Georgia Southern advances to the semifinals for the first time since winning its sixth national title in 2002. The Eagles travel to No. 3 seed Delaware next week.
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