STATESBORO, GA., DEC. 15 -- Quarterback Raymond Gross ran for 145 yards and a touchdown and engineered three other scoring drives as defending champion Georgia Southern beat Nevada, 36-13, today for its fourth NCAA Division I-AA title in six years.
Gross scored on an eight-yard run in the second quarter and Darryl Hopkins had second-half touchdown runs of three and 18 yards as the Eagles stretched their playoff winning streak to 15 games.
"I had the option to run the ball just about every time when they took the fullback out of it," Gross said. "The lane was there."
Georgia Southern (12-3) won its 11th game in a row since starting the season with three losses in its first four games. Nevada, reaching the championship game for the first time in six playoff appearances, finished 13-2.
Nevada Coach Chris Ault was asked about playing Georgia Southern on its home field.
"Not much different than playing Notre Dame in Rome," Ault said.
"There are no excuses from this end. Georgia Southern played a great game. I'm disappointed we didn't show any better."
Nevada, averaging almost 43 points a game during the playoffs, couldn't generate much offense.
The victory lifted Southern's record in Paulson Stadium to 50-2, including eight in a row since Eastern Kentucky ended the Eagles' 38-game home winning streak in the fourth game this season.
NAIA: Peru State broke Westminster, Pa.'s two-year hold on the Division II title with a 17-7 victory over the Titans in Omaha. Quarterback Nate Bradley passed for 238 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bobcats to their first national championship and first undefeated season since 1953.