FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - LaRon Council rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns andNorthwest Missouri State captured the NCAA Division II nationalchampionship with a 30-23 victory over Grand Valley
State on Saturday.
The Bearcats (14-1) won their third national championshipafter a string of four consecutive losses in the championship.
The other two titles came in 1998 and 1999.
Council scored on runs of 14 and 17 yards to help Northwest
Missouri take a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Grand Valley (13-2) closed to within 23-20 early in thefourth
quarter, but Northwest Missouri got the clinching score on a
26-yard pass on fourth-and-4 from quarterback Blake Bolles toJake Soy at the 10-minute mark.
Grand Valley got the ball back with 2:59 remaining but couldnot mount a threat.
Bolles passed for 198 yards. Grand Valley's Brad Iciekpassed for 290 yards and two touchdowns.
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