Ferris State upended in Division II football semis

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Cameron Wilcox rushed for two touchdowns, Jonathan Baker threw for 139 yards and a score and top-seeded and defending champion Northwest Missouri State defeated Ferris State 35-20 on Saturday to reach the NCAA Division II title game.

The Bearcats will defend their title against No. 3 North Alabama (11-1) at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, on Saturday.

The semifinal was Northwest Missouri State’s closest this season.

Leading 28-20, Northwest Missouri State (14-0) running back Phil Jackson darted into the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown run to virtually seal the outcome with just under five minutes remaining.

The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter, the Bulldogs (12-3) scoring on Davontae Harrington’s 10-yard sweep to get within a point before the Bearcats replied.