HAMMOND, La. (AP) Cephus Johnson III ran for two touchdowns, Zy Alexander had a late pick-6 and Southeastern Louisiana held off Idaho 45-42 in the first round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday night.
Southeast Louisiana (9-3), ranked 23rd in the FCS coaches poll, picked up its sixth straight win and advances to play sixth-ranked Samford on Dec. 3.
Jermaine Jackson ended a 21-point run by the Lions when he returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown with 14:03 left. Idaho got the ball right back and Gevani McCoy hit Hayden Hatten for a 34-yard touchdown and the Vandals led 35-31 with 9:15 remaining.