UMD earns return trip to National Championship game

By KBJR News 1

December 11, 2010 Updated Dec 11, 2010 at 11:51 PM CDT

(Duluth) - The weather conditions Saturday at James S. Malosky Stadium were nothing short of bone chilling, but that suited the University of Minnesota Duluth just fine.

The No. 1 Bulldogs battled gusty winds and frigid temperatures which reached -14 windchill with a punishing running attack and some key defensive stops in defeating Northwest Missouri State University 17-13 in the semifinal round of the NCAA II playoffs. With the win, UMD advances to next Saturday's NCAA II championship in Florence, Ala., where it will meet Delta State University, a 29-17 winner over Shepherd University Saturday afternoon.

UMD rushed 56 times for 226 yards and got a pair of second half touchdowns from senior running back Brian Hanson and sophomore quarterback quarterback Chase Vogler while holding the defending NCAA II champion Bearcats to their second lowest scoring output of the season. Northwest Missouri State, which came into the day riding a 12-game winning streak and was making its sixth straight NCAA II semifinal appearance (it has won the previous five), finished with a 12-2 overall.

Courtesy: UMD Athletics