Towson 35, Eastern Washington 31
North Dakota State 52, New Hampshire 14
FCS Championship: North Dakota State (15-0) vs. Towson (13-2), 2 p.m. ET January 4, ESPN2
Time to give some props to Towson. The Tigers just completed one of the most impressive runs to the FCS Championship in the last decade, defeating No. 2 Eastern Illinois and then traveling cross-country one week later to knock off No. 3 Eastern Washington on Saturday, 35-31. The Tigers trailed 31-21 in the fourth quarter, but got a Terrance West three-yard touchdown run with 5:09 to play, and then Connor Frazier notched the winning score from one yard out with just 17 seconds to play. Towson rushed 55 times for 241 yards and two three scores, and got a combined effort out of quarterbacks Frazier and Peter Allen, as the pair completed 14-of-19 passes for 242 yards and two scores.
In the other semifinal, North Dakota State sent Craig Bohl out of the Fargo Dome in style. The Bison actually trailed 7-0 a minute and a half into the game as Steven Thames stepped in front of a Brock Jensen pass and took it 38 yards to the house. But then North Dakota State won the next 58 minutes by a score of 52-0 until New Hampshire notched a cosmetic score with 29 seconds to play for a 52-14 final. North Dakota State won its three home playoff games by a combined 138-35, and went 8-0 in the Fargo Dome with an average score of 41-13.
Division II Championship
Northwest Missouri State 43, Lenoir-Rhyne 28
Northwest Missouri State won its won its fourth Division II title, and became the fifth team in Division II history to post a 15-0 season. This is Northwest Missouri State’s second 15-0 campaign. Senior quarterback Trevor Adams led the way, throwing for 277 yards and three touchdowns. The Bearcats jumped out to a 17-0 lead 10 minutes into the game and never looked back, building a 29-7 lead midway through the third quarter and never allowing Lenoir-Rhyne to climb closer than 10 points. The win was Northwest Missouri State’s eighth consecutive by at least 14 points, and 13th total this season. Only one opponent played the Bearcats to within one score this season.
Grand View (Iowa) 35, Cumberlands (Ky.) 23
No. 2 Grand View won its first NAIA national championship, knocking off top-seeded Cumberlands, completing a perfect 14-0 season. Grand View built a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter, but did not put the game away until plunged in from a yard out with 4:53 remaining, providing what would ultimately be the final score. Fulton won Offensive Player of the Game honors, completing 19-of-39 passes for 300 yards with four touchdowns and adding 13 rushes for 74 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. “I’m proud of our football team,” said Grand View head coach Mike Woodley. “This group of kids is one of the finest (I’ve coached). Tonight’s victory is the biggest victory for me coaching. You run the table and go 14-0, you’re a pretty good football team. This NAIA football is good football. People who haven’t watched enough of it need to watch it. It’s good football.”