Western Illinois defensive back David Griffith (38) reacts after an interception during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Illinois, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)
Bradley Leeb
November 28, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Nikko Watson ran for 152 yards and a touchdown and Western Illinois beat Dayton 24-7 on Saturday in the first round of the FCS playoffs.

Western Illinois (7-5), one of five Missouri Valley Conference playoff teams, next takes on fellow conference member Illinois State. Dayton (10-2) made its first playoff appearance since moving to Division I in 1993.

Dayton scored on Alex Jeske's 5-yard run in the first quarter but the Flyers turned the ball over three times in the red zone in the first half after having just one red-zone turnover all season.

Watson tied the game on a 7-yard run seven plays after the first of three Jeske interceptions.

Nathan Knuffman kicked a 27-yard field goal 11 seconds before halftime.

Sean McGuire threw touchdown passes of 22 and 9 yards to Lance Lenoir and Stacey Smith, respectively, in the second half. McGuire threw for 183 yards and was intercepted twice.

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