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Bethune-Cookman bounced from FCS playoffs

MIAMI - Kevin Decker threw three touchdown passes in the third quarter to lead New Hampshire past Bethune-Cookman, 45-20, in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision on Saturday. New Hampshire (8-4), winner of three straight games and six of its last seven, advances to the quarterfinal round and will play at Delaware next weekend in Newark, Del. Decker made his first start of the season and the second of his career for injured quarterback R. J. Toman. Decker completed 23 of 35 passes for 289 yards with an interception. New Hampshire took a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, but Bethune-Cookman (10-2), tri-champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, dominated the second quarter. Jackie Wilson's two touchdown passes - 53 yards to Courtney Keith and 10 yards to Isidore Jackson - plus Kory Kowalski's two PATs, made it 14-14 at the half.
Decker hooked up on third-quarter scoring passes with Joey Orlando for 5 yards, Chris Chandler for 63 yards and Terrance Fox for 14 yards for a 35-14 advantage. New Hampshire ran off 31 unanswered points before Eddie Poole scored Bethune-Cookman's final points on the game's last play, catching an 8-yard pass from Wilson. Wilson completed 16 of 32 passes for 192 yards with two interceptions. The game was the first meeting between the schools and was the first loss at home for Bethune-Cookman this season. TROY 44, FLA. ATLANTIC 7 Corey Robinson threw for three touchdowns and Shawn Southward rushed for two touchdowns as Troy routed Florida Atlantic. Troy (7-5, 6-2 Sun Belt) beat the Owls for the seventh time in eight seasons. The Trojans clinched a share of their fifth consecutive Sun Belt Conference title when Middle Tennessee beat Florida International on Saturday night. Robinson finished 22 of 31 for 305 yards for the Trojans, who scored 30 points in the first half. The Owls (4-8, 3-5) lost their third consecutive game. Jeff Van Camp was 21 of 41 for 302 yards and one touchdown for FAU. MIDDLE TENNESSEE 28, FLA. INTERNATIONAL 27 Phillip Tanner scored on a 3-yard run with 7:26 left in the game to help Middle Tennessee edge Florida International to become bowl-eligible. With the win, the Blue Raiders (6-6, 5-3 Sun Belt) denied FIU's chance for sole possession of the conference title. The Panthers (6-6, 6-2) will share the Sun Belt crown with Troy.
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