Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The UMD Bulldogs football team's quest for a second straight NCAA national title ended on Saturday as they fell 31-25 to Wayne State in the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Warriors led 7-3 at halftime, but the teams combined for 46 second half points in a game that came down to the last play from scrimmage.
UMD junior quarterback Chase Vogler threw 16-of-28 for 202 yards and a touchdown, but threw a critical interception in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs were driving for a potential game-winning score.
Senior running back Zach Hulce led the Bulldogs on the ground with 76 yards, but was ejected in the fourth quarter following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Behind him was freshman Zach Lucas, who added 60 yards and a touchdown for UMD.
One of the biggest story lines of the game was the return of senior D.J. Winfield, who had been serving a one-year suspension for violating team rules.
Winfield racked up 233 all-purpose yards in his season debut with the Bulldogs, including an 89-yard kickoff return touchdown in the third quarter.
The loss snaps a 14-game home winning streak for UMD and ends their quest at becoming back-to-back NCAA champions.
Click on the video link for highlights of Saturday's game and the emotional post-game reaction from the Bulldogs.
Posted by Zach Schneider