Curt Anes threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to David Kircus with 1 minute 4 seconds left to give Grand Valley State of Michigan its first NCAA Division II title with a 31-24 victory over Valdosta (Ga.) State yesterday in Florence, Ala.
Kircus caught 11 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns, extending his all-division record for touchdown receptions in a season to 35.
Anes, who won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the best player in Division II on Friday, completed 23 of 36 passes for 361 yards for the Lakers (14-0). The Blazers fell to 14-1.
B.J. Sams scored two touchdowns as McNeese State rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to beat visiting Villanova, 39-28, to advance to the Division I-AA title game.
McNeese (13-1) will play Western Kentucky (11-3) on Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn. Western Kentucky beat Georgia Southern, 31-28.
Sams put the Cowboys up 26-21 in the fourth quarter when he caught a pass, broke three tackles and went 69 yards for the score. He also ran for a five-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He finished with 47 yards rushing and caught three passes for 90 yards.
Brett Gordon completed 24 of 49 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns for Villanova (11-4) despite playing with a broken thumb.
* W. KENTUCKY 31, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 28: Quarterback Jason Michael scored on a two-yard run with 46 seconds left to guide the visiting Hilltoppers to the Division I-AA championship game for the first time.
The Eagles (11-3) fell to 38-8 in I-AA postseason play.
* GRAMBLING STATE 31, ALABAMA A&M 19: Bruce Eugene threw for 413 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers (11-2) rolled in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game in Birmingham. The Bulldogs fell to 8-4.
Dan Pugh ran for a career-high 254 yards and five touchdowns as Mount Union of Ohio reached the NCAA Division III national title game again by defeating visiting John Carroll of Ohio, 57-19.
The Purple Raiders (13-0) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 41 games. They will go for their third straight national championship -- and seventh in 10 years -- against Trinity of Texas in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl on Saturday in Salem, Va. Trinity beat St. John's of Minnesota, 41-34.
Tom Arth passed for 246 yards to lead John Carroll (12-2), but the Blue Streaks were outgained 516 yards to 278. Pugh has 2,050 yards rushing for the season.
* TRINITY 41, ST. JOHN'S, MINN. 34: Roy Hampton's four-yard run with 2:18 left lifted Trinity (14-0) past visiting St. John's into the NCAA Division III championship game for the first time.
Hampton also completed 16 of 26 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 89 yards.