Blocked extra point give NW Missouri win -

Blocked extra point give NW Missouri win

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) -- Tyler Roach blocked a Garrett Rolsma extra-point attempt with six seconds to play as Northwest Missouri State knocked off top-ranked Central Washington 21-20 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II football playoffs on Saturday.

Cole Morgan led the Wildcats (12-1) on a frantic 70-yard drive with just 1:11 left to play in the game. Morgan connected with Mike Waller on a 15-yard touchdown with six seconds left to play to pull CWU within one point.

The Bearcats (12-1) got a big surge on the extra point and Roach got his hand up to block Rolsma's attempt to tie the contest.

NMSU advanced to the national semis where they will face California, (Pa.) for a trip to the national title game.

Central Washington was the only undefeated team in the country entering the quarterfinals and a matchup with the second-ranked Bobcats.

CWU jumped out to a 7-0 lead on Randall Eldridge's 1-yard TD run on the opening drive, but Chad Kilgore intercepted Morgan and returned the ball 25 yards to tie the game at 7-all.

Central would answer back with Eldridge scoring on a nifty 12-yard touchdown run to take a 14-7 lead. The Wildcats would hold the high powered Northwest Missouri offense to only 168 yards in the first half but the Bearcats came out of halftime with their offense clicking.

Blake Bolles led Northwest Missouri on a 12-play drive to open the half, Bolles connecting with Jake Soy for a 15-yard touchdown over cornerback Courtney Smith to knot the score at 14-14. It was one of Soy's 11 catches for 136 yards, while star CWU receiver Johnny Spevak was held to three receptions for 30 yards.

CWU would drive into Bearcat territory before Morgan was intercepted on fourth down. Bolles then put the Bearcats on top for the first time finding Jordan Simmons for a 19-yard score over Smith again to go on top 21-14.

Bolles finished 31 of 40 for 295 yards and two touchdowns. LaRon Council rushed for 102 yards for the Bearcats.

Early in the fourth quarter the Wildcats faced fourth-and-1 at the Bearcats 5-yard line and decided to go for it instead of kicking the field goal. Morgan's pass intended for Spevak was batted down at the line of scrimmage by Adam Vondrak.

Morgan was 21 of 38 for 250 yards but had two costly interceptions.

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