MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) -LaRon Council rushed for 139 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as Northwest Missouri State beat North Alabama 41-7 to advance to the NCAA Division II national championship game for the fourth straight season.
Northwest Missouri took advantage of a strong north wind to jump out to a 20-0 first-quarter lead. The Bearcats (13-1) got excellent field position after short punts, getting two field goals by Tommy Frevert, a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joel Osborn to Brian Shannon and a 3-yard run by Council.
Mike McLendon scored the only touchdown for North Alabama (12-2) in the second quarter on a 1-yard run. Northwest responded just before halftime when safety Myles Burnsides returned a pass interception 35 yards to the 1 yard line. Council got his second score on the next play to make it 27-7 at halftime.
nalist, was held to 19-of-39 passing for 137 yards. The Lions managed only 84 yards on the ground.
Northwest Missouri had only 69 yards passing but had no turnovers to North Alabama's two.
The Bearcats will play Minnesota-Duluth (14-0), a 45-7 winner in its semifinal game, on Saturday in Florence, Ala. Northwest Missouri has lost the last three championship games by a combined total of 12 points.

NCAAF Headlines

More inNCAAF News  

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Tennessee vs. South Carolina Pick Will the defenses dominate on Saturday night when South Carolina hosts Tennessee at 7:15PM ET?
Thumbnail San Diego St. vs. Utah St. Prediction San Diego State and Utah State meet up tonight at 8PM ET. Will this Mountain West Conference battle be a defensive...
Thumbnail Auburn vs. Ole Miss Pick The trends have backed the over in previous Auburn and Ole Miss games but will the game this Saturday night be high-scoring?
Thumbnail Navy vs. South Florida Prediction Will No. 22 Navybe able to go on the road and stay unbeaten in the AAC when it takes on South Florida...
Thumbnail Kansas vs. Oklahoma Pick Will Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma run up the score enough for bettors to cash the over this Saturday when the Sooners host Kansas?
More inNCAAF Articles  

NCAAF Team Pages