HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- Quarterback Josh Justice rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns, and Lenoir-Rhyne advanced to the NCAA Division II championship game by beating West Chester 42-14 on Saturday.
Isaiah Whitaker added two touchdown runs and Michael Patrick had a late scoring run for the option-oriented Bears (13-1).
They scored the final 30 points after falling behind 14-12, rushed for 451 yards and didn't attempt a pass.
Justice scored on runs of 4, 2 and 1 yard to help the Bears earn their first Division II title-game appearance. It's their first national championship game of any kind since the 1962 team lost to Central Oklahoma State in the NAIA final.
Sean McCartney was 12 of 22 for 135 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for West Chester (13-2).