INDIANA, Pa. - No. 11 Indiana (Pa.) forced No. 25 Shepherd into three turnovers and cashed those in for 17 points in a 27-17 Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Division II football championship at George P. Miller Stadium.
In spite of the mistakes, Shepherd took a 17-14 lead on a 42-yard field goal by freshman kicker Ryan Earls with 6:43 left in the third quarter. The Crimson Hawks jumped in front 21-17 on Williams' 5-yard run with 1:45 left in the third.
Indiana extended its lead to 24-17 on a 39-yard field goal by Brett Ullman with 12:03 left in the fourth period. Ullman added a 31-yard field goal for a 27-17 advantage with 9:11 remaining after a Rams' interception.
De'Antwan Williams for 152 yards on 30 carries for Indiana (11-1), which faces New Haven next week. The Crimson Hawks rushed for 203 yards and became the only team to rush for 110 yards or more against the Rams (8-3) this season.
Freshman running back Allen Cross had 13 carries for 63 yards for Shepherd.
The Crimson Hawks took a advantage of a Rams' turnover to take a 7-0 lead as quarterback Mike Box teamed with Terrill Barnes on a 5-yard scoring pass with 8:27 left in the first quarter. Shepherd tied the game at 7-all when senior quarterback Bobby Cooper dashed 18 yards for a TD with 5:10 left in the second period.
IUP took a 14-7 lead into halftime when Carl Fleming picked off a pass and returned it 77 yards for a score with 3:36 left in the half. Shepherd tied the game at 14 when Cooper knifed his way into the end zone on a 1-yard run with 11:56 left in the third.
Box connected on 6 of 20 passes for 122 yards for the Crimson Hawks, who rolled up 325 yards of total offense. Cooper hit on 12-of-28 passes for 96 yards for the Rams, who were held to 250 total yards.