Northwest Football Earns Trip to National Championship

By Matt Tritten |

Published 12/14 2013 05:36PM

Updated 12/15 2013 03:16PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Northwest Missouri State is back in the NCAA Division II National Championship for the first time since 2009.

The Bearcats (14-0) defeated Grand Valley State (12-3) 27-13 Saturday afternoon to earn a trip back to Florence, Ala.

After falling behind, 6-0, Northwest scored 13 unanswered and 20 straight to take a 20-6 lead. The Lakers answered in the 3rd quarter to pull within 20-13, but a 43-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Adams to Reuben Thomas in the 4th quarter put Grand Valley's hopes to bed.

Adams finished 15-21 passing for 284 yards and two touchdowns. Billy Creason paced the Bearcats on the ground with 12 rushes for 72 yards.

Northwest has now won its last three meetings against Grand Valley, including the 2009 national championship and 2007 semifinal.

This is the Bearcats eighth title game berth in program history. They hold a 3-4 record in the championship.

The win also improves MIAA Coach of the Year Adam Dorrel's playoff record to 6-2. Dorrel was the offensive coordinator for head coach Mel Tjeerdsma and Northwest the last time they reached the title.

The Division II national championship game will be played Saturday, Dec. 21 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala.

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