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Sacred Heart first team to clinch FCS playoff bid

Moon Township, PA (Sports Network) - As teams began to clinch bids for the FCS playoffs on Saturday, Sacred Heart was the first one to power into the 24-team field.

The Pioneers (10-2) earned the Northeast Conference's automatic bid with a 42-25 win at Robert Morris coupled with Wagner's 10-7 win at Saint Francis.

Quarterback R.J. Noel fueled the Sacred Heart victory with four total touchdowns.

The Pioneers, under coach Mark Nofri, finished with a mere 2-9 record last season. They were picked to finish last in the NEC's preseason poll.

The FCS playoff field of 11 automatic bids and 13 at-large bids will be announced during an ESPNU selection show at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 24.

11/16 15:16:12 ET

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