Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
The Northern Colorado Bears finished the season at 5-6 following its 28-27 victory over North Dakota.
The Northern Colorado Bears won't be in the FCS playoffs when the field is announced on Sunday afternoon, but the team closed out the 2012 season with a 28-27 victory over North Dakota on Saturday. The team's third straight victory (and fourth in five games) moved the Bears to 5-6, a marked improvement from its 2011 0-11 campaign.
Northern Colorado quarterback Seth Lobato connected with Sawyere Monson for a 23-yard touchdown pass with 4:16 left in the third quarter to tie the game at 27. Dave Eden pushed the ball through the uprights for the extra point and the 28-27 lead. That was just enough to give the team the victory almost 20 game-minutes later.
Lobato finished the game with 20 completions in 35 attempts for 210 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. The touchdown was a 21-yard throw to wide receiver Jace Davis about five minutes into the game. In the second quarter, running back Tromaine Dennis scored rushing touchdowns of 1 and 67 yards. He finished with 222 yards on 28 carries.
North Dakota quarterback Braden Hanson was 34-of-48 for 382 yards with three touchdown passes and three interceptions. Zeb Miller kicked two 27-yard field goals for the six remaining points. The loss dropped North Dakota to 5-6.