FLORENCE, Ala. — Zac Dickey passed for 190 yards and for 68 to lead Pittsburg State to a 35-21 victory over Wayne State Saturday in the Division II championship game.
The Gorillas (13-1) also turned two blocked kicks into touchdowns to claim their second national title and first since 1991. They snapped a streak of three title-game losses.
The Warriors (12-4) had navigated four playoff road games but fell short of becoming the first unranked team to win the title.
Toney Davis, who rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns, closed the gap on a 1-yard score with 5:11 left.
Wayne State's defense couldn't keep Dickey & Co. from the end zone.
Dickey fired a 53-yard pass to Andrew Castaneda and Jason Spradling scored on a clinching 4-yarder.