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Northwest Missouri State routs Bloomsburg in D-II semifinal

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Xavier Omon ran for 149 yards and two
touchdowns and Northwest Missouri State routed Bloomsburg 33-3 on
Sunday night to advance to the NCAA Division II title game for the
second straight year.

The Bearcats (14-0) will face defending champion Grand Valley
State -- a 49-30 winner over Delta State -- on Saturday in Florence,
Ala. Last year, Grand Valley beat Northwest Missouri 21-17 for its
third championship in four years.

"We got done what we had to get done," Northwest Missouri
State coach Mel Tjeerdsma said. "Our defense was just outstanding.

"We are thrilled to go back to Alabama. This team has been on a
mission. We have talked about it since we got back last year."

Omon opened the scoring with a 1-yard run in the first quarter
and made it 26-3 with another 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Josh Mathews was 23-of-32 for 252 yards and a touchdown, a
12-yarder to Raphael Robinson with 2:45 left, and Tommy Frevert
kicked four short field goals.

Dan Latorre was 8-of-19 for 115 yards for Bloomsburg (12-2), and
was sacked six times -- three by defensive end Dallas Flynn. Jamar
Brittingham led the Huskies in rushing with 56 yards and also threw
a 53-yard pass to Brahin Bilal.

"Northwest is a great team and they did a super job. We knew if
we didn't run the ball it was going to be a long evening and it
was," Bloomsburg coach Danny Hale said. "Also, defensively we
left our guys on the field too long, but I'm proud of the way my
guys played all year."

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