Tyler Emmert ended a memorable career with another national title, leading Carroll College of Helena, Mont., to its fourth straight NAIA...
SAVANNAH, Tenn. — Tyler Emmert ended a memorable career with another national title, leading Carroll College of Helena, Mont., to its fourth straight NAIA championship, 27-10 over Saint Francis on Saturday.
Quarterback Emmert went 20 of 36 for 278 yards and three touchdowns as the top-ranked Fighting Saints (14-0) rolled to a 17-3 lead to beat the second-ranked Cougars (13-1) of Fort Wayne, Ind., for the second straight year in the NAIA title game.
The performance earned Emmert offensive most valuable player honors in the championship game for the third straight year. That award came a day after he was named NAIA player of the year for the second time in three seasons.
Emmert added 20 yards on the ground, and finishes his career with an NAIA-record 13,979 yards total offense.
Carroll’s Ryan Grosulak rushed for 83 yards on 17 carries, and Jed Thomas added 66 yards rushing. Marcus Miller of Spokane kicked two field goals.
Saints linebacker Phil Lenoue of Spokane sacked Saint Francis quarterback Chris Bramell twice.
Carroll cornerback Matt Thomas broke up a flea-flicker pass to Bramell that could have tied the score at 10 late in the second quarter. Thomas earned defensive MVP honors.
Shortly after that play, Emmert made it 17-3 when he threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Bryce Doak.
It was the 21st straight victory for Carroll. Saint Francis has lost three of its last 41 games — all to Carroll. In addition to the last two NAIA finals, Carroll beat the Cougars in the 2003 NAIA semifinals.
Mount Union wins
SALEM, Va. — Nate Kmic rushed for three touchdowns, including a 95-yarder, and Mike Jorris threw for two scores, leading Mount Union of Alliance, Ohio, back to the top of NCAA Division III with a 35-28 win over Wisconsin-Whitewater in the championship game.
The victory gave the Purple Raiders (14-1) eight victories in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in the past 13 years, and their first title since 2002.
Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-1), making its first championship-game appearance in 39 years, drove for a touchdown on its opening possession to lead 7-0, but came away empty on five other possessions after driving into Purple Raiders territory.
The crusher came in the third quarter when the Warhawks drove to the Mount Union 1 but failed to punch it in for the potential tie, turning the ball over on downs.
Two plays later, Kmic broke into the open field and outran several defenders down the left sideline to make it 21-7.
Kmic gained 185 yards on 28 carries. He also scored on runs of 2 and 15 yards.
• Former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long was introduced as San Diego State’s coach and promised to deliver a winning team at a school that has had few of them in recent years.
“We’re going to win championships now,” Long said at a news conference. “It’s a place that’s ready to do it. I can feel it.”
Long, 42, has been on Bob Stoops‘ staff at Oklahoma for six seasons, the last four as offensive coordinator. Long replaces Tom Craft, who was fired Dec. 5 after going 19-29 in four seasons, including 5-7 this year.
• Kevin Wilson will take over as Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator.
• Citing several sources, the Los Angeles Daily News reported USC tailback Reggie Bush will turn pro. The Heisman Trophy winner reportedly is being advised by Reebok representative Mike Ornstein.
Bush has said he will announce his NFL plans after the top-ranked Trojans play Texas in the Jan. 4 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
• Wisconsin receiver Marcus Randle El, 19, was arrested and temporarily jailed after a fight over an alleged theft of money, police in Madison, Wis., said.
Randle El allegedly punched another 19-year-old Friday night. The man had minor injuries and was treated and released, police said in a statement. Randle El is the brother of Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antwaan Randle El.