Lenoir-Rhyne vs. NW Missouri State | NCAA Division II football championship

December 20, 2013 

NCAA Division II football championship

Lenoir-Rhyne

Location: Hickory

Enrollment: 1,900

Coach: Mike Houston (29-7, three years)

2013 Record: 13-1

Conference: South Atlantic Conference

Top players: DB Michael Green (eight interceptions); QB Josh Justice (403 yards rushing, nine TDs); RB Isaiah Whitaker (908 yards rushing, 10 TDs).

For the record: As a member of NAIA, the Bears won the 1960 championship and lost in the finals in 1959 and 1962. ... The Bears lead Division II in rushing at 377.9 yards per game and are 31 yards away from breaking the all-time Division II record for most rushing yards in a season (5,320 yards, Pittsburg State, 2004). ... Lenoir-Rhyne’s 13-game winning streak is the longest since winning 18 games in a row between the 1961 and 1962 seasons.

Did you know? Rick Barnes, men’s basketball coach at Texas, is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne.

Northwest Missouri State

Location: Maryville, Mo.

Enrollment: 6,485

Coach: Adam Dorrel (35-6, three years)

2013 Record: 14-0

Conference: Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Top players: QB Trevor Adams (2,788 yards passing, 27 TDs); RB Billy Creason (725 yards rushing, 13 TDs); WR Reuben Thomas (933 yards, eight TDs).

For the record: Northwest Missouri State has won the Division II national championship three times (1998, 1999 and 2009) and is the only school to make the finals eight times. ... The Bearcats rank fifth in Division II in scoring offense and eighth in scoring defense. ... NW Missouri State is attempting to become just the fifth school in Division II history to go 15-0 in a season.

Did you know? Jack “Jumping Jack” McCracken, an AAU player in the 1930s and 1940s and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, attended Northwest Missouri State.

Compiled by Jim Utter

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