A day after losing the Harlon Hill Trophy for best NCAA Division II player, Troy State quarterback Mike Turk earned a better award -- the national championship.
Turk, beaten out by Texas A&I running back Johnny Bailey for the Harlon Hill Trophy, ran for two touchdowns to pace Troy State's 31-17 victory yesterday over Portland State in the Division II final in Florence, Ala. Turk also took the Trojans to the national title in his freshman year, 1984.
Turk rushed for 190 yards on 25 carries and scored on runs of one and 51 yards. The 51-yard run gave the Trojans (12-1-1) a commanding 14-point lead with 1:43 left, capping an eight-play, 76-yard drive.
In Phenix City, Ala., Greg Kovar passed for two touchdowns and 301 yards as Wagner College (13-1) captured the championship with a 19-3 triumph over Dayton (11-3) in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.
Ron Darby ran for two touchdowns in Boone, N.C., to lead Marshall (10-4) to a 24-10 victory over Appalachian State (11-3) and a berth in the championship game.
Marshall plays Northeast Louisiana (12-2), which beat Northern Iowa, 44-41, in double overtime on Teddy Garcia's 41-yard field goal.
In Pittsburg, Kan., Charles Washington capped a 20-point, fourth-quarter rally with a 45-yard interception return, leading Cameron to a 20-10 victory over top-ranked Pittsburg State and a rematch against defending champion Carson-Newman, a 21-7 winner over Mesa College, in the final.