Tuskegee overcame a second-half deficit and then held on at the end to defeat Bowie State, 28-26, yesterday in the Division II Pioneer Bowl in Charlotte. The game had been moved from Mobile, Ala., because of Hurricane Katrina damage.
The Bulldogs (8-4) scored a touchdown with 18 seconds left but failed on the two-point conversion.
Tuskegee quarterback Kevin Huff completed 11 of 21 attempts for 194 yards in the first half to give the Tigers a 14-6 lead. However, the Bulldogs responded by taking a 20-14 lead with 12 minutes 43 seconds left in the game.
Huff rallied his team and finished with 288 passing yards, including two touchdowns to Kenneth Henderson. Richard Fitzhugh scored on a 15-yard run.
The bowl featured the runner-up from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Tuskegee has played in the bowl six times and won four.
Bowie State was led by Isaac Redman, who had 207 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries.
Brian Wingert's 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter gave Northern Iowa a 24-21 victory over top-seeded New Hampshire in a quarterfinal in Durham, N.H.
The Panthers (10-3) will play at Texas State in Saturday's semifinals.
Wingert, who kicked a game-winning field goal with 51 seconds left last week against Eastern Washington, hit his 22-yarder with 11:50 remaining. The kick was set up by a 21-yard pass from Eric Sanders to Justin Surrency.
New Hampshire, ranked No. 1 in the I-AA poll, outgained the Panthers 631 yards to 351 but lost three fumbles in the second half.
The Wildcats (11-2) fell behind 21-0 after 23 minutes, but pulled even at the end of the third quarter as Ricky Santos threw touchdowns passes of 29, 8 and 20 yards to David Ball. . . .
Ingle Martin threw for 249 yards and Jerome Felton scored two touchdowns as visiting Furman held off Richmond, 24-20. . . . Douglas Sherman rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Barrick Nealy had 264 total yards and a score as Texas State beat visiting Cal Poly, 14-7. . . . In Boone, N.C., Richie Williams threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score, leading Appalachian State (10-3) to a 38-24 victory over Southern Illinois.
Josh Lamberson threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Raphael Robinson with 23 seconds left to lift visiting Northwest Missouri State to a 25-24 victory over North Alabama in the semifinals.
Northwest Missouri State (11-3) advanced to the title game Saturday against Grand Valley State (12-0), which routed East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 55-20.
In Allendale, Mich., Brandon Langston caught two touchdown passes and ran for another score in the first quarter as top-ranked Grand Valley State advanced to the title game for the fourth time in the last five years.
The Lakers led 34-0 at the end of the first quarter and 41-7 at halftime.
Chris Warrick threw four touchdown passes and rushed for another as Wesley defeated Bridgewater (Va.), 46-7, in a quarterfinal in Dover, Del.
Warrick threw for 287 yards. Kevin Nelson ran for 98 yards and a touchdown for Wesley (12-1). Larry Beavers scored twice for Wesley, once on a 65-yard run and again on a 24-yard pass from Warrick.
Bridgewater (10-2) managed its touchdown in the third quarter on a 99-yard pass from Jeff Highfill.
The Wolverines will play Wisconsin-Whitewater -- a 44-41 winner over defending champion Linfield -- in the semifinals. . . .
Mike Jorris passed for 315 yards and three touchdowns, including a two-yard score to Anthony Antonucci with 3:41 to play, to lift Mount Union over Capital, 34-31, in Alliance, Ohio.
The Purple Raiders (12-1) will host Rowan (11-1) on Saturday in the semifinals. Rowan defeated Delaware Valley, 27-21.