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Georgia Southern advances to FCS semifinals

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Quarterback Jaybo Shaw ran for two touchdowns and threw for another Saturday to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-23 win over Maine in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The Eagles (11-2), who are seeking their seventh national championship, will play in the semifinals for the second straight year next Saturday when they travel to North Dakota State, a 24-0 winner over Lehigh.

The Eagles had 476 yards total offense, 360 rushing, in dispatching the Bears (9-4). It was the third time Georgia Southern and Maine had met in the playoffs. The Eagles have won all three meetings.

J.J. Wilcox led Georgia Southern with 99 yards rushing on touchdown runs of 2 and 7 yards. Shaw scored on runs of 2 and 1 yards, and completed 7-of-8 passes for 116 yards.

Maine's Warren Smith threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times.

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