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2012 FCS playoff bracket: Defending champ North Dakota State still alive

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The final four teams are set for the 2012 FCS Championship.

The final four teams are set for the 2012 FCS Championship, and one of them is the defending champion.

No. 1 North Dakota State (12-1), last year's FCS champion, advanced to the semifinals with a 14-7 win over Wofford (9-4) on Saturday. Wofford gained more total yardage than NDSU in the game, but the team's only touchdown came defensively.

North Dakota State will face No. 5 Georgia Southern (10-3) next weekend. While NDSU advanced in a defensive struggle, Georgia Southern won in a game heavy on offense, beating Old Dominion (11-2) 49-35 Saturday. North Dakota State won 35-7 the last time these teams played in December of 2011.

On the other side of the bracket, Sam Houston State (10-3) advanced by upsetting No. 3 Montana State (11-2) 34-16 on Saturday. Brian Bell passed for 254 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Sam Houston State will face No. 2 Eastern Washington next week. Eastern Washington (11-2) advanced with a 51-35 win over Illinois State (9-4) Saturday. Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington last played in 2004, a game won 35-34 by Eastern Washington.