Saturday, December 19, 2015

Northwest Missouri State: 2015 NCAA Division II Football National Champions

Northwest Missouri State is the Division II Champion for the second time in three years, beating Shepherd, 34-7, in Kansas City. The Bearcats finished the season 14-0, dominating nearly everyone in their path. Up to this point, they'd outscored opponents by an average of 41.9-12.7. They didn't stop in this one, by blowing out the Rams, who had never been to this stage.

It was a banner day for Northwest Missouri State quarterback Brady Bolles, who was ultra-efficient in shredding the Shepherd defense. He finished by completing almost 75 percent of his passes for 233 yards and a touchdown. This was the 13th time this season that Bolles has thrown for more than 200 yards. He's thrown for 300 on four occasions and threw for 400 once. The Bearcats got solid rushing help from Phil Jackson and Cameron Wilcox, who combined for 170 yards on the ground.

Shepherd couldn't get anything going on offense all game, and when Northwest Missouri State went up 24-0 in the second half, the game was essentially over. The Rams couldn't throw the ball more than a few yards down the field — quarterback Jeff Ziemba's longest pass was 34 yards — and the running game couldn't get doing at all, as they finished with -39 rushing yards, including sacks.
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