The Bearcats stifled the Griffons all evening, however, polishing off their first outright MIAA conference title under head coach Adam Dorrel. On a day where neither team played their best ball, with nearly 300 combined penalty yards, Northwest outgained MWSU by 300 yards and came away with a 30-point victory.
The win sets both teams' postseason fates in motion. Northwest (11-0) entered the weekend as the top seed in Super Region 3 and have most likely clinched a first-round bye home field advantage throughout the playoffs. A No. 1 seed would guarantee games at Bearcat Stadium through regional play, with it being possible again in the semifinals.
The Griffons will not make their fourth straight trip to the playoffs, coming into the game two spots out of a playoff berth at eighth in the regional rankings. They find out Sunday if they will play in a bowl game.
The NCAA Division II Selection Show is Sunday at 4:00 p.m. CT.