DII Football Championship: Northwest Missouri State defeats North Alabama to win national championship
The two winningest programs in the history of the NCAA Division II football playoffs faced off on Saturday, when North Alabama and Northwest Missouri State clashed at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, to determine the 2016 NCAA Division II National Champion.
Northwest Missouri State picked up its sixth title when the Bearcats defeated North Alabama, 29-3.
Seventh-ranked UNA, a three-time national champion, is making its fifth championship game appearance and advanced with a 23-13 road win over third-ranked Shepherd. Top-ranked Northwest Missouri State, a five-time champion, is in the championship game for the 10th time in school history after knocking off Ferris State at home, 35-20.
North Alabama and Northwest Missouri State are tied for the most playoff appearances in Division II history with 21 each. The Bearcats rank first in all-time playoff wins with 46, while UNA is second with 35. Former NWMSU head coach Mel Tjeerdsma and current UNA head coach Bobby Wallace have the most coaching wins in Division II playoff history, and they are the only coaches in Division II history to win three national championships.