ALLENTOWN, PA – North Central College made history Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals beat Muhlenberg College in the Division III semifinals 45-14 to advance to their first ever National Championship Game.
In twelve of their thirteen victories this season, North Central has eclipsed the 40 point-mark.
“We knew that we had to stay foot on the pedal the whole time and keep working. That’s been our mindset all year,” noted Rutter. “We threw an interception the first play. That shows how well our guys did bouncing back.”
Naperville native Broc Rutter helped lead the charge. The Gagliardi Trophy finalist threw five touchdown passes in the first half. Four went to Andrew Kamienski, giving him 30 on the year. Kamienski became the first player in the history of D3 football to reach 30 touchdowns in a single season.
An amendment – there is a Division II player with 35. But no D1 or D3 WR has ever recorded 30 TDs in a single season… until Kamienski today.
— Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) (@NCTV17) December 14, 2019
“I thought our defense was the difference today,” noted head coach Jeff Thorne. “Put on a show on offense, but at the same time our defense got stop after stop after stop and put the ball back in the hands of these guys. It really allowed us to establish a nice lead by halftime.”
Now it’s off to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Shenandoah, Texas Friday night to face the winner of St. John’s and Wisconsin-Whitewater.