Cullen Finnerty ran for 115 yards and passed for 225 to lead Grand Valley State to its second straight national title with a 17-14 win over Northwest Missouri State in the Division II championship game.

In Salem, Ga., Greg Micheli led Mount Union to its ninth NCAA Division III title in 14 years, coming off the bench to throw three touchdown passes and run for another.

The Purple Raiders (15-0) also beat Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-1) last year in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

In Savanna, Tenn., Trey Erickson returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and Mike Dvoracek scored from a yard out after a botched punt to lead Sioux Falls to its first NAIA national championship.

It was the third straight championship game loss for St. Francis (13-1), defeated the past two years by Carroll College. Sioux Falls (14-0) was in its first title game since 2001.

, when it lost to Georgetown, Ky.

Erickson’s kickoff return tied it at 13 with 1:44 left in the first quarter, and Sioux Falls made it 16-13 in third on Matt Lindgren’s 23-yard field goal.

Moments later, St. Francis had a drive stalled at the Sioux Falls 40 and was forced to punt. The snap skipped through the legs of Clint Bontempo and rolled 45 yards before the punter fell on it at the St. Francis 15. Two plays later, Dvoracek scored his 21st touchdown of the season for a 23-13 lead with 7:25 left in the third period.

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