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NCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - SECOND ROUND
Illinois StateRedbirdsILST
9-3, 6-0 Away
38
Final/OT
1234OTT
ILST77143738
APP010714637

Illinois St. 38, Appalachian St. 37, OT

BOONE, N.C. -- Matt Brown threw for five touchdowns and 322 yards and Illinois State blocked the game-tying PAT in overtime to beat Appalachian State 38-37 Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Brown, who was voted 2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year, was 20-of-32 passing for the Redbirds, who made their first playoff appearance since 2006 and handed Appalachian State (8-4) its third-straight postseason loss.

Illinois State (9-3) entered the fourth quarter with a 28-17 lead but Appalachian State outscored the Redbirds 14-3 in the quarter to send the game into overtime.

After Brown threw his fifth touchdown of the day -- a 25-yarder to James O'Shaughnessy that gave Illinois State a 38-31 overtime lead -- Jamal Jackson and Appalachian State answered three plays later with a touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 38-37.

However, Illinois State blocked the ensuing PAT kick to seal the win.

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2015 Missouri Valley Football Conference Standings

TEAMCONFOVR
North Dakota State7-113-2
Illinois State7-110-2
Northern Iowa5-39-4
South Dakota State5-38-4
Western Illinois5-37-6
Indiana State3-55-6
South Dakota3-55-6
Youngstown State3-55-6
Southern Illinois2-63-8
Missouri State0-81-10