Wayne State (Mich.) moves on
Jones records three interceptions to down Nebraska-Kearney
KEARNEY, Neb. -- Wayne State (Mich.) advanced to the national quarterfinals for the first time in school history with a 38-26 win against second-seeded Nebraska-Kearney (10-2) on Saturday. The sixth-seeded Warriors have won back-to-back playoff road games to set a school record with 10 wins on the season (10-3).
Wayne State will play on the road next Saturday at fourth-seeded Minnesota Duluth, who recorded a 24-21 road win at top-seeded Colorado State-Pueblo.
The Warriors raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first six minutes of the contest on a Josh Renel one-yard plunge and a 47-yard interception return by senior safety Jeremy Jones.
WSU added 17 points in the second quarter as sophomore running back Toney Davis scored on a four-yard run following Jones' second pick of the afternoon.
Then senior wideout Troy Burrell hauled in a 26-yard scoring pass from quarterback Mickey Mohner.
Sophomore kicker Stefan Terlecky concluded the first half scoring with a 43-yard field goal.
The Lopers tallied the only points of the third period on a two-yard run by Rustin Dring.
Following an eight-yard scoring run by UNK's Stephan Rush, Renel went in from six yards out with 3:29 left to seal the win.
Renel (121 yards) and Davis (69 yards) combined for 190 of WSU's 207 rushing yards. Mohner completed 8-of-17 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. Burrell had team-highs in receptions (4) and receiving yards (73).
Dring led the Lopers with 121 rushing yards, while Harlon Hill finalist Jake Spitzlberger passed for 230 yards on 19-of-40 but was intercepted three times by Jones, who broke the school record for interception return yards in a game with 144.