DII football: West Florida stuns No. 1 seeded Indiana (Pa) to play for … – NCAA.com
Nothing should come as a surprise anymore with this West Florida football team. Once again, the Argonauts did the unthinkable, beating undefeated Indiana (Pa.) to advance to the finals of the Division II Football Championship.
The Argos continue their dream season, punching a ticket to Kansas City behind a 27-17 upset of No. 1 seeded IUP. It is simply remarkable with all things considered. This is just the second season West Florida has had a football program. Head coach Pete Schinnick has his team playing for a championship with only 25 games under its belt.
West Florida made the trip to George P. Miller Stadium in Indiana, Pa as the lowest seed remaining. The Argos used an incredible first half to silence the high-powered IUP offense and jump out to an early 17-0 lead. The Crimson Hawks entered the semifinals averaging 471.8 yards per game — 12th-best in DII football — and 36.9 points per game. The Argos defense, that has stepped up since the playoffs started, controlled the first half, limiting the Crimson Hawks to just 60 yards and a little over 10 minutes of possession.
One of the most dominant 30 minutes in our history, and it came against the #3 team in the country.
Total yards: 221 to 60
Rush yards: 168 to 37
1st downs: 13 to 5
Yards/play: 5.3 to 2.6
Time of possession: 19:43 to 10:17
Points: 17 to 0 #GoArgos
— UWF Football (@UWFFootball) December 9, 2017
It was all the Argos needed. Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year Mike Beaudry found Kevin Grant for his second touchdown pass of the day to put West Florida up 24-0 early in the third quarter. Beaudry finished the day with 152 yards and two touchdowns against the Crimson Hawks’ 12th-ranked defense. IUP made its run,