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Nov 18, 2012 1:44 PM by Andrew Masuda

Cal Poly football to open FCS playoffs at Sam Houston State in second round

For the first time since 2008 and third time in program history, the Cal Poly football team has earned a spot in the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs. The Mustangs received a first round bye and open the second round at 6th ranked Sam Houston State on Saturday, December 1 at 1pm California time.

Sam Houston State went 8-3 in the regular season and was co-champion of the Southland Conference. Sam Houston State lost on Saturday 47-28 to FBS-level and 8th ranked Texas A&M. The Bearkats play in Huntsville, Texas and lost to North Dakota State last season in the FCS title game.

The NCAA Selection Committee released its playoff pairings on ESPNU Sunday morning. Defending FCS champion North Dakota received the #1 overall seed. Eastern Washington earned the #2 seed, while Montana State received the #3 seed.

Cal Poly also made the FCS playoffs in 2005 and 2008, reaching the quarterfinals in 2005. The Mustangs lost to Weber State at home in the first round in 2008.

The Mustangs won at then 15th ranked Northern Arizona 42-34 on Saturday to earn a share of the Big Sky Conference title with Eastern Washington and Montana State. Cal Poly finished the regular season 9-2 and 7-1 in conference action. The nine wins equal the win totals of the 2004 (9-2) and 2005 (9-4) teams.

Cal Poly also moved up five spots to #12 in the FCS Media Poll on Sunday. NAU dropped to #20, the Lumberjacks did not get an at-large berth into the playoffs.

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