CEDAR CITY, Utah — Stefan Cantwell passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 105 yards and a score to spark Weber State to a 30-13 victory over Southern Utah in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday night.

The win sends the Wildcats (11-2) to Harrisonburg, Virginia next Saturday for a matchup with defending champion and top-seeded James Madison (12-0). It will be Weber State’s third trip to the quarterfinals. Weber State heads east with its first 11-win season under its belt.

The Thunderbirds (9-3) started fast and led 10-0 by the end of the first quarter on Jay Green’s 16-yard run and a 37-yard field goal by Manny Berz.

Weber State got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when Cantwell hooked up with Drew Batchelor for a 20-yard score. Trey Tuttle added field goals from 38 and 19 yards to give the Wildcats a 13-10 lead. Berz kicked a 24-yard field goal with eight seconds left in the first half to knot the score at 13.

The second half was all Weber State. Cantwell put the Wildcats ahead for good with a 5-yard TD run early in the third quarter and added a 10-yard scoring strike to Andrew Vollert. Tuttle kicked his third field goal — a 24-yarder — in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.

Cantwell accounted for 404 yards of offense all on his own, while the Wildcats held the Thunderbirds to 219 total yards.

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