CHENEY, Wash. — Backup quarterback Connor Frazier scored on a 1-yard run with 17 seconds left to lift Towson to a 35-31 victory over Eastern Washington in a Football Championship Subdivision semifinal game on Saturday in foggy, wet conditions.
Towson (13-2) took over on its 29 with 1:35 left in the game and went 71 yards for the winning points.
Eastern Washington (12-3) got the ball back with 12 seconds left, but Vernon Adams’ first pass was intercepted.
Towson will play two-time defending champion North Dakota State (14-0) in the national title game on Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas.
Eastern Washington was makings its third trip to the semifinals in four seasons, and won the 2010 national championship.
The Tigers have won 12 straight games on the road dating to last season, and overcome the loss of starting quarterback Peter Athens to a shoulder injury.
Towson scored the first 21 points of the game, gave up 31 straight points, and then scored the final two touchdowns for the win.
Adams threw for 394 yards and two touchdowns for Eastern Washington, which outgained the Tigers 580 yards to 483.
Frazier completed 6-of-10 passes for 98 yards, and also ran 18 times for 98 yards and the winning touchdown.
RB DUNCAN SUSPENDED FOR ACADEMIC VIOLATION: In Durham, N.C., Duke suspended rushing leader Jela Duncan from school for an undisclosed violation of its academic policy.
School officials said in a statement Saturday that the sophomore is not eligible to return until the Spring 2015 semester.
He will not play for the 22nd-ranked Blue Devils in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against No. 20 Texas A&M.
Duncan rushed for 562 yards and three touchdowns this season and caught 13 passes for 123 yards and a score.
The Blue Devils (10-3) have gone four-deep at running back this season and will rely on junior Josh Snead, sophomore Shaq Powell and senior Juwan Thompson to make up for Duncan.
Duke plays the Aggies (8-4) on Dec. 31 in Atlanta.
FEIBEL NAMED TO ALL-AMERICA TEAM: In Pineville, Louisiana College center Hunter Feibel was named a second-team All-American by D3football.com on Friday night before the Stagg Bowl between Wisconsin-Whitewater and Mount Union.
Feibel was also named first-team All-American Southwest Conference, second-team All-South Region, and a member of the ASC’s Outstanding Sportsmanship Team.
Division II championship
NORTHWEST MISSOURI ST. 43, LENOIR-RHYNE 28: In Florence, Ala., Trevor Adams passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northwest Missouri State over Lenoir-Rhyne in the Division II championship game.
The Bearcats (15-0) won their fourth national title to match Grand Valley State for second-most behind North Dakota State’s five. They’re the fifth team to go 15-0, managing that feat for a second time.
Lenoir-Rhyne (13-2) fell short in only the onetime NAIA champion’s second appearance in the Division II playoffs.
Adams completed 15 of 25 of passes with touchdowns of 29 and 30 yards to Reuben Thomas. The pair hooked up for their first score on fourth and 7 on the opening drive and the Bearcats were up 17-0 after 10 minutes.
GRAND VIEW 35, CUMBERLANDS 23: In Rome, Ga., Derek Fulton threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score to help Grand View win the NAIA championship in the Iowa school’s sixth year of football over the University of the Cumberlands.
Fulton, a sophomore, completed 19 of 39 passes for 300 yards and ran 13 times for 74 yards as second-ranked Grand View completed a 14-0 season at the expense of No. 1 Cumberlands (13-1).
Fulton was selected the most outstanding offensive player, and Grand View senior linebacker Jason Gladfelder, who was in on 15 tackles, took defensive honors.
Cumberlands rushed for 309 yards, with D’Angelo Jordan gaining 128 yards on 17 carries, and Adam Craig getting 94 yards on 30 attempts. But the Kentucky school had only 60 yards passing, as Craig went 5 for 11 with an interception.