NCAA Division II Semifinals - NW Missouri 27, GVSU 13

11:32 PM, Dec 14, 2013   |    comments
GVSU's Jordan Kaufman attempts a tackle during the Lakers' 27-13 loss to Northwest Missouri. (PHOTO COURTESY GVSULAKERS.COM)
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MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Reuben Thomas caught seven passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns to elevate Northwest Missouri State to a 27-13 victory over Grand Valley State in an NCAA Division III semifinal on Saturday.

The Bearcats (14-0) advanced to their eighth national championship game in program history and will face Lenoir-Rhyne in the first meeting between the two programs.

Following a two-turnover first half, the Bearcats mounted two lengthy scoring drives to separate from the Lakers. 

Trevor Adams found Thomas down the seam for a 43-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter that delivered the game's decisive blow.

Adams also hit Thomas for a 28-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to give Northwest a 20-6 lead.

Grand Valley (12-3) struck back with quarterback Heath Parling's high-arching 4-yard touchdown strike to tight end Jamie Potts to cut Northwest's lead to 20-13 with 2 seconds remaining in the third stanza.

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