Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Football Roundup: Northwest Missouri Wins Record 6th Division II Crown

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Football Roundup: Northwest Missouri Wins Record 6th Division II Crown

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Northwest Missouri State wins record sixth Division II title

Kyle Zimmerman passed for 100 yards and Northwest Missouri State plowed over North Alabama 29-3 on Saturday in snow-globe conditions in Kansas City, Kan., to win its second straight NCAA Division II title and record sixth overall.

Randy Schmidt added 96 yards rushing for the Bearcats (15-0) in what was believed to be the coldest and snowiest Division II title game in its 43-year history. At opening kickoff at Children's Mercy Park, home of the region's Major League Soccer team, the temperature was 13 degrees with a wind chill of minus-4. To open the third quarter, it was 12 degrees with a wind chill of minus-5.

The Bearcats have won 30 straight games, the longest active win streak in any NCAA division. They won their first four titles in 1998, 1999, 2009 and 2013.

North Alabama finished at 11-2.

New Mexico Bowl * Richard McQuarley ran for two short touchdowns and New Mexico posted its second bowl victory in a half-century, topping visiting Texas-San Antonio 23-20. The only bowl win for the Lobos (9-4) since taking the 1961 Aviation Bowl had been a 2007 victory over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl. Jarveon Williams ran for 125 yards for the Roadrunners (6-7), who lost in their first bowl appearance in the program's six-year history.

Cure Bowl * Justice Hansen threw three touchdown passes to Kendall Sanders to help Arkansas State beat Central Florida 31-13 in Orlando, Fla. They hooked up forT Dstrikes of 12, 75 and 17 yards. The Red Wolves (8-5) also scored on a blocked punt and produced two turnovers. The Knights finished at 6-7.

Camellia Bowl * Marcus Cox rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown and Michael Rubino kicked a go-ahead 39-yard field goal to lift Appalachian State to a 31-28 victory over Toledo in Montgomery, Ala. Cox became the ninth FBS

player with four 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Game MVP Taylor Lamb passed for 119 yards and a touchdown and ran for 126 yards and a score for the Mountaineers (10-3). …

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