FCS Playoff Roundup

Updated: November 30, 2013

Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) – Tennessee State put an emphatic end to a
13-year drought for Ohio Valley Conference teams in the FCS playoffs, routing
Butler, 31-0, in the first round Saturday.

Junior quarterback Michael German threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns to
spark Tennessee State (10-3) into the second round at No. 2 seed Eastern
Illinois next Saturday.

OVC teams had lost 19 straight playoff games since 2000. But coach Rod Reed’s
Tigers dominated a Butler squad making the first playoff appearance by a
Pioneer Football League team. It was the Tigers’ first shutout since 2006, but
the fifth time they limited an opponent to 10 or fewer points this season.

German, who completed 14-for-24 passes, threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ryan
Mitchell to give Tennessee State a 7-0 lead with 1:38 left in the first
quarter. Jamin Godfrey kicked a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter before
German added a 17-yard TD pass to Wesley Samuels with 41 seconds left to push
the lead to 17-0 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Daniel Fitzpatrick intercepted Butler quarterback Matt
Lancaster and returned the ball 26 yards for a touchdown. Backup quarterback
Ronald Butler then threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell.

Lancaster was intercepted three times, finishing 15-for-39 for 122 yards. He
led Butler (9-4) with 74 rushing yards, while Trae Heeter added 64 on the

Tennessee State, which turned the ball over three times on fumbles, had a
415-257 advantage in yards.

Saturday, Nov. 30

All Times ET

Lafayette (5-6) at New Hampshire (7-4), noon

Furman (7-5) at South Carolina State (9-3), 1 p.m.

Bethune-Cookman (10-2) at Coastal Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m.

Sacred Heart (10-2) at Fordham (11-1), 1 p.m.

Southern Utah (8-4) at Sam Houston State (8-4), 3 p.m.

South Dakota State (8-4) at Northern Arizona (9-2), 8 p.m.

Samford (8-4) at Jacksonville State (9-3), 8 p.m.