Georgia Southern quarterback Raymond Gross ran for 145 yards and a touchdown and engineered three other scoring drives as the defending champion Eagles beat Nevada, 36-13, Saturday at Statesboro, Ga., for their fourth NCAA Division I-AA championship 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 for the Eagles, who have won 50 of their last 52 home games and 15 in a row overall in playoff competition.
Georgia Southern’s other touchdowns came on a 14-yard run by Joe Ross early in the game and a 15-yard interception return by Alex Mash 44 seconds from the end.
Georgia Southern, finishing 12-3, won its 11th game in a row after starting the season with three losses in its first four games.
Nevada (13-2) reached the championship game for the first time in six playoff appearances.
NAIA DIVISION II
Peru State 17, Westminster 7--Nate Bradley passed for 238 yards and a touchdown as the Bobcats from southeast Nebraska won the NAIA Division II title game at Omaha.
The victory gave Peru State its first national championship and first undefeated season since 1953. The Bobcats finished 12-0-1.
Westminster College, located in New Wilmington in western Pennsylvania, finished 11-2. The Titans had won 11 consecutive playoff games, dating to 1988.
Westminster’s David Baker, who passed for 215 yards, was sacked eight times and had two passes intercepted.