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LIVE BLOG: Valdosta State takes on Ferris St. in Division 2 National Championship

Valdosta State Head Coach Gary Goff looks on as his team prepares for the 2021 DII National...
Valdosta State Head Coach Gary Goff looks on as his team prepares for the 2021 DII National Championship(Ryan Kelly/WCTV Sports)
Published: Dec. 18, 2021 at 8:52 PM EST
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McKinney, TX. (WCTV) - Hey everybody! WCTV Sports’ Dominic Miranda and Ryan Kelly here at McKinney ISD Stadium for the Division 2 Football National Championship between the Valdosta State Blazers and the Ferris State Bulldogs. Live updates below:

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FINAL: Valdosta St. 17 Ferris St. 58

Bulldogs dominate this from the 2Q on en route to capping off an undefeated season (14-0) & winning the first Football National Title in program history. Over 400 yards on the ground. Scored 45 unanswered points.

END 3Q: VSU 17 Ferris State 58

Bulldogs are 15 minutes away from its first Football National Championship in program history. It would be it’s 2nd overall National Championship as an athletic department.

3Q | 1:33: Ivory Durham throws his 2nd INT of the game. This time its a 43 yard PICK 6 from Liam Daly. Ferris State leads 58-17. VSU’s 3rd turnover of the ball game. Bulldogs have scored 45 unanswered points.

3Q | 3:44: Touchdown Ferris State. After a 72 yard pitch and catch from Mylik Mitchell to Xavier Wade to set the Bulldogs up inside the Blazer 10, Evan Cummins punches it in for Ferris State. Bulldogs lead the Blazers 51 to 17. Blazers have not scored since 2:47 in the 1Q. Ferris State with over 400 rushing yards.

3Q | 7:53: Bulldogs knock in a 32 yard field goal. Now lead Valdosta State 44-17.

3Q | 9:59: Ivory Durham hit as he was trying to throw the ball...fumbles. Ferris State takes over possession at the Blazer 20 yard line.

3Q | 11:50: VSU forces a turnover on downs. Ferris State went for it on 4th down inside the Blazer 10 and was stuffed. Some momentum built for VSU. Heading the other way.

3Q | 15:00: Bulldogs first play in the 2nd half is a 73 yard rush for Tyler Minor. Ferris State already at the VSU 9 yard line looking to build on this big lead.

HALFTIME: VSU 17 Ferris State 41

318 rushing yards for the Bulldogs. FSU scored 28 unanswered points to end the half. Blazers just not looking like themselves right now on offense. Going to have to do some soul-searching in the locker room.

2Q | :11: Two plays later.. On Ferris State’s 2nd pass of the game...it’s first completed pass... it’s a 47 yard TD strike from Mylik Mitchell to Tyrese Hunt-Thompson. Bulldogs lead 41-17 with 11 seconds left in the 1H. FSU has scored 28 unanswered points.

2Q | :55: Blazers attempt a fake punt on 4th and 10 from their own 37. Incomplete pass and a penalty adding insult to injury. Ineligible receiver down field. 1st and 10 for Ferris State in Blazer territory.

2Q | 1:36: Touchdown Ferris State. Tyler Minor punches it in from the 1 yard line capping off a 9 play 80 yard drive. Bulldogs go on top of Valdosta State 34-17. A 2 minute drill Touchdown would be massive for the Blazers right here.

2Q | 9:18: Touchdown Ferris State. Bernhardt with his 3rd Touchdown of the game. This one from 2 yards out. Bulldogs lead the Blazers 27-17. Bernhardt with 10 rushes for 130 yards and 3 TD’s already in this game.

2Q | 13:31: Ivory Durham’s 3rd down pass is tipped up into the air and intercepted by Ferris State. Bulldogs take over possession at the Blazer 44 yard line up 20-17.

END 1Q: VSU 17 Ferris State 20.

Wild back and forth opening frame here from Texas. Ferris State with 194 rushing yards and ZERO passing yards. 1st and 10 for the Blazers from its own 35 when 2Q begins.

1Q | 1:54: Touchdown Ferris State. 78 yard rush by Jeremy Burrell. This game is already insane. Bulldogs back on top of VSU 20-17 with 1:54...still in the 1Q. Bulldogs have 194 rushing yards already....on just 7 carries.

1Q | 2:47: Blazers fail to score a touchdown after being gifted excellent field position. Settle for a 25 yard field goal by Estin Thiele. Valdosta State leads Ferris St. 17-13.

1Q | 3:44: TOUCHDOWN BLAZERS! Ivory Durham connects with Travon Roberts on an 8 yard pass. PAT is good. 14-13 VSU leads Ferris State. Yes...still the first quarter. Back and forth we go here for the National Title.

1Q | 6:37: Bernhardt with a 50 yard run...followed by a 5 yard touchdown run. Bulldogs go back on top of VSU 13-7. Ferris State has only run 4 offensive plays. Bernhardt running all over the place. Makings of another shootout between these two teams.

1Q | 7:58: TOUCHDOWN BLAZERS! A BEAUTIFUL 17 yard toss from Durham to Seth McGill capping off a 13 play, 75 yard drive. What a response from the Blazers. Ivory Durham made several HUGE plays with his legs and his arm that drive. Many were 3rd down conversions. 7-6 Blazers lead.

1Q | 13:09: On Ferris State’s first offensive play from scrimmage, QB Jared Bernhardt keeps it for a 56 yard touchdown on the ground. Bulldogs go on top of the Blazers 6-0 (PAT no good). This was after VSU went 3 and out on its first possession. Ferris throws the first punch. We’ll see if VSU can respond.

Coin Toss: Ferris State wins the toss, defers, and Valdosta State will receive the opening kickoff.

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