FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Ted
Schlafke threw for two touchdowns to lead Minnesota Duluth to its
first NCAA Division II football championship Saturday with a 21-14
win over Northwest Missouri State.
The Bulldogs (15-0) had never won a
Division II playoff football game before this season.
Northwest Missouri (13-2) lost in the championship game for the
fourth consecutive season. The Wildcats turned over the ball four
times and recovered four of its own fumbles.
Minnesota Duluth's defense, led by
linebacker Robbie Aurich's 13 tackles, also sacked the Northwest
Missouri quarterbacks six times.
Schlafke broke up a scoreless first
half with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Tony Doherty with 14 seconds
left in the second quarter. He later connected with Issac Odim out
of the backfield for a 5-yard touchdown midway through the third
quarter. Odim's 4-yard run gave the Bulldogs a 21-0 lead early
in the fourth quarter, but Northwest Missouri's Aldwin Foster-Rettig
had a 44-yard interception return shortly afterward to provide his
team's first score. Raphael Robinson's 2-yard touchdown catch with
1:36 brought his team to within 21-14 for the Wildcats, but
Minnesota Duluth recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.