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2012 FCS Playoffs: No. 1 North Dakota State up next for Eagles

Georgia Southern rallied to advance in the FCS playoffs on Saturday, and now it must turn its attention to top-seeded North Dakota State.

Mike Zarrilli

Georgia Southern rallied from a two touchdown fourth quarter deficit to beat Old Dominion on Saturday, which advanced the Eagles to the semifinal round of the FCS playoffs for the third consecutive year. Now the Eagles are preparing for a game against top-seeded North Dakota State.

The Eagles met North Dakota State in the semifinals last season and lost, 35-7. Georgia Southern was limited to 186 rushing yards in that game and fumbled the ball away three times. NDSU would go on to win the national championship.

The Bison could once again pose a challenge to Georgia Southern's offense, as they rank first in the Football Championship Subdivision in scoring defense and total defense, and they're second in rushing defense. NDSU opponents are averaging just 78.5 yards on the ground this season.

Georgia Southern is coming off a 602-yard rushing performance against Old Dominion, and the Eagles boast the top ground attack in the FCS.

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