FLORENCE, Ala. -- Josh Lamberson threw a 3-yard touchdown
pass to Raphael Robinson with 23 seconds left to lift Northwest
Missouri State to a 25-24 victory over North Alabama on Saturday in
the semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Northwest Missouri State (11-3) advances to the title game next
Saturday against Grand Valley State in Florence.
North Alabama (11-3) led 24-17 with just under seven minutes
left before quarterback Vinnie Saylor was sacked in the end zone
for a safety.
Saylor was 29-of-41 for 248 yards and one touchdown. Anthony
Merritt had seven catches for 73 yards, two rushes for 12 yards and
52 yards on kick returns.
Xavier Omon rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries for Northwest
Missouri, while Lamberson was 25-of-40 for 245 yards and two
Andre Rector finished with eight catches for 108 yards.
Grand Valley State 55, East Stroudsburg 20
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Brandon Langston caught two touchdown
passes and ran for another score in the first quarter and
top-ranked Grand Valley State advanced to the Division II title
game for the fourth time in the last five years.
Grand Valley State (12-0) won the national title in 2002 and
The Lakers led 34-0 at the end of the first quarter and 41-7 at
Langston capping Grand Valley State's opening 87-yard drive with
an 18-yard touchdown run.
Moments later, he blocked a punt and recovered it, before
catching a 22-yard touchdown pass from Cullen Finnerty.
On Grand Valley's next drive, Langston caught a 46-yard pass
from Finnerty to set up a 1-yard scoring run by Astin Martin.
Brandon Carr returned a fumble 40 yards later in the first
quarter to give Grand Valley State a 27-0 lead. Langston then
caught an 81-yard TD pass from Finnerty to make it 34-0 at the end
of the quarter. The Lakers had a 278-50 advantage in total yards in
the first quarter.
Ryan Hukill caught a 5-yard TD pass from Finnerty in the second
quarter to give the Lakers a 41-0 lead before the Warriors (11-3)
scored late in the half on a 2-yard quarterback keeper by Jim
Terwilliger threw a 20-yard TD pass to Evan Trall in the third
quarter and tossed an 11-yard scoring strike to Tim Strenfel in the
fourth, but Grand Valley State closed out the scoring when Carr
returned an onside kick 47 yards for a touchdown.