Kaila Doby’s 40-yard interception return set up a Tiffany Ellick TD run as North Carolina A&T knocked off 2015 finalist Florida A&M 13-6 in women’s quarterfinal action this afternoon. A&T had taken an early 7-0 lead when La’Quana Hordge found Marquisha Tucker with a TD pass. FAMU closed the gap to 7-6 on a touchdown by Angie Smith. But Doby’s 4th quarter INT and a 4th down stop with 45 seconds left sealed the victory for A&T.
NC A&T advances to face Angelo State, a 19-14 winner over Howard, in the semifinals later today. Angelo State grabbed an early two score lead but had to hold off a furious 4th quarter comeback by Howard. Howard drove downfield in the game’s closing minute but was stopped on 4th and goal with a key sack by Izzy Bluso.
In the other women’s semifinal later today, Southern will meet defending national champion UCF. UCF shutout Texas State 18-0 while Southern defeated Cumberland 32-12.
In men’s playoff action, defending national champion Valdosta State defeated SE Missouri 40-6. They will face UTSA, a 41-6 winner over Bloomsburg, in the quarterfinals. Georgia College and Angelo State also advanced to quarterfinal play with wins at 1:15.
1:15 pm Playoff Scores
W: North Carolina A&T 13, FAMU 6
W: Angelo State 19, Howard 14
— NEXT: NC A&T vs Angelo State at 4:15 pm
W: Southern 32, Cumberland 12
W: UCF 18, Texas State 0
— NEXT: UCF vs Southern at 4:15 pm
M: Valdosta St 40, SEMO 6
M: UTSA 41, Bloomsburg 6
— NEXT: Valdosta vs UTSA at 4:15 pm
M: Georgia College 44, Northern Iowa 7
— NEXT: Ga College vs Wisconsin at 4:15 pm
M: Angelo State 32, UMHB 12
— NEXT: Angelo St vs USF at 4:15 pm