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Illinois State beats Appalachian State 38-37 in OT

December 1, 2012

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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