Argos one win away from playing for national championship

One win is all the University of Florida is away from playing for a national championship.

To get there, the Argonauts will have to knock off Indiana (Pa.) in the NCAA Division II semifinal round Saturday afternoon at George P. Miller Stadium in Pennsylvania. Kickoff is 11 a.m. local time.

It won’t be easy.

With 18 appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs, including four straight trips, the Crimson Hawks are no stranger to the postseason.

They are the lone unbeaten left in the playoffs and are making their first national semifinal appearance since 1999. They are a two-time national runner-up, winning titles in 1990 and 1993.

Game-time temperature is expected to be around 30, so that will be new to a roster loaded with Floridians.

IUP, the champion of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and ranked in the top five nationally all year, advanced to the national semifinals with a 27-22 win over Assumption.

The Crimson Hawks have scored 30 or more eight times and have allowed 20-plus only three times.

But the Argos are in the midst of a storybook season and are unfazed from having to win three playoff games on the road to get here.

They took down the No. 16 team in the nation in Wingate in the opening round, winning 31-0, and then rallied from 14-7 deficits against both West Georgia and West Alabama in the last two weeks to win the South Region championship.

The Argos have more playoff wins than they do years of existence (2) and hope to move on step closer to a title this weekend. They are 10-3, doubling their win total from a year ago, and have won five consecutive games.

The Argos are averaging 346.5 yards per game and allowing 330.1 yards per outing. The Crimson Hawks are averaging 471.8 yards per game and giving up 280.7.

Star Power

The Quarterbacks

UWF: Mike Beaudry: 229-of-412, 2,811 yards, 26 touchdowns, 12 interceptions

IUP: Lenny Williams: 206-of-311, 2,703 yards, 30 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

Running Backs

UWF: Chris Schwarz: 170 carries, 638 yards, 5 touchdowns; Anthony Johnson: 83-370, 2 touchdowns

IUP: Samir Bullock: 192 carries, 1,144 yards, 12 touchdowns; Justice Evans: 145 carries, 969 yards, 7 touchdowns

Wide Receivers

UWF: Antoine Griffin: 52 catches, 732 yards, 3 touchdowns; Ka’Ron Ashley: 32-444, 6 touchdowns

IUP: Allen Wright: 73 catches, 716 yards, 4 touchdowns; Dom McNeil: 32-632, 5 touchdowns

Defense

UWF: Marvin Conley: 97 tackles; Reggie Barnes: 94 tackles; Trent Archie 80 tackles; John Williamson: 62 tackles.

IUP: Damon Lloyd: 99 tackles; Nick Amendola: 99 tackles; Max Redfield: 78 tackles; Takhi Turner, 66 tackles.

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