Maryville, MO (NNCNOW.com) The University of Minnesota-Duluth football team dug themselves a 31-point hole before making it a 10-point game in the third before eventually losing to Northwest Missouri State 45-21 in the second round of the NCAA II postseason.
For the sixth straight year, the Bulldogs made an appearance in the NCAA Division II postseason but fell victim to the region's top seeded Bearcats.
Missouri State quarterback Trevor Adams threw for four touchdowns to help the Bearcats build a 31-0 lead after three quarters.
The Bulldogs came to life at the beginning of the fourth quarter thanks to a short score by Austin Sikorski and a 48-yard interception return for a TD by Colby Ring to make it, 31-15.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Drew Bauer then hooked up with Zach Zweifel for a nine yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 31-21.
The Bearcats held the Bulldogs to 260 total yard on the day, its lowest production since Oct. 29, 2011.
UMD finishes the season at (11-2).