HAMMOND, La. (AP) Cole Kelley threw four touchdown passes and Southeastern Louisiana beat Florida A&M 38-14 on Saturday night in the first round of the Football Championship Series playoffs.

Southeastern Louisiana (9-3) will move on to play third-seeded James Madison in the second round.

Kelley tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Nolan Givan to cap a 98-yard drive early in the second quarter. Kelley's shovel pass to Taron Jones stretched the Lions' lead to 21-0 with 10 minutes remaining before halftime.

Kelley threw a strike to Nick Kovacs in the end zone for a 20-yard score that ended another long drive. Kelley then tossed a screen pass to Jones, who broke loose for a 39-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Lions led 38-0.

Kelley was 31-of-45 passing for 345 yards. Kovacs also had a 21-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. Jones finished with five catches for 85 yards and added 55 yards rushing.

Rasean McKay threw for 238 yards with a pair of late touchdown passes for Florida A&M (9-3).


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