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NCAA College Football News

Sunday, 18 December, 2011 8:25 PM

Wayne State football had a great season

WSU falls in NCAA Division II National Championship

Photo credit: Steve DeMotte/WSU Athletics

Toney Davis (No. 24) rushed for 178 yards and 2 TDs.

 

by Raymond Rolak
AmericaJR.com Web Team

 

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FLORENCE, Ala. -- Hosted by Northern Alabama University, Wayne State (12-4) playing in their first ever NCAA Division-II title game but came up just short to Pittsburg State (13-1) of Kansas, 35-21. Pittsburg State had previously won the title in 1991 over Jacksonville State 23-6. The 12 wins were a record season for Wayne State.

“Pittsburg State played a great game and we turned over the ball and made mistakes in the kicking game and those cost you football games,” said Wayne State coach Paul Winters. He added, “They’re a fine football team, an excellent football team.”

The play that doomed the Warriors came with less than three minutes left when Zac Davis hit wide-receiver Andrew Castenda with a double play-action 53-yard strike to the WSU five yard line. Jason Spradling scored untouched two plays later.

“You come here to win it, said Pittsburg State coach Tim Beck. “You don’t come here and try and hang on and hope to win it.”

Dickey threw for 190 yards, 10-16 and one touchdown pass in the winning effort. WSU running back Toney Davis ran for 178 yards and two scores. It was two blocked kicks that Pittsburg State turned into scores that became game changers. Josh Brown had five catches and 99 yards for the winners.

The big plays started in Wayne’s favor as Josh Renel ran back the opening kickoff 93 yards for a score. But four turnovers and two blocked kicks by the Pittsburg State defense were devastating. Pittsburg State linebacker Nate Dreiling, an All-America, had 15 tackles and one blocked punt.

“It’s been a great run,” said WSU quarterback Mickey Mohner. “No one thought we should be in the playoffs. No one thought we could win in the playoffs. We came in and won four tough games on the road.” Senior defensive back Jeremy Jones added, “Our goal was to win the national championship. Obviously that didn’t happen but I’m not going to let this one loss taint the whole season.

Injury reports had Warrior receiver Troy Burrell leaving the game with a broken left collar bone and Renal sustained a game ending foot injury.

At the Florence Chamber of Commerce luncheon three Wayne State players received All-America honors including, Jones, Burrell and senior offensive lineman Joe Long.

Winters is expected to be announced as the new head coach at Akron where he had been an assistant twice previously.

Charles Roebuck contributed

 

Graphic credit: NCAA

 

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