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Michigan Tech loses heartbreaker in DII playoffs

Detroit News staff

Angelo State scored two touchdowns in a 2:11 span of the fourth quarter Saturday and rallied to beat host Michigan Tech 42-41 in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Tech (9-2) led 41-28 after Brandon Cowle’s 35-yard touchdown catch from Tyler Scarlett, but Garrett Mead miss the conversion attempt and that proved costly.

Talon Smith caught TD passes of 88 and 50 yards from Kyle Washington to fuel Angelo State’s comeback. The 50-yarder gave Angelo State the lead for good with 3:31 left.

Charlie Leffingwell ran for 236 yards and three scores for Tech. His TD runs were 64, 10 and 3 yards. The last two helped stake Tech to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.

Scarlett threw for 225 yards and three scores. Cowle caught a 10-yarder and Iam Wienke an 18-yarder.

Division III

(At) Mount Union 63, Adrian 3: Kevin Burke threw for four scores and ran for another for Mount Union (11-0), a national finalist last season.

Cameron Cook’s 35-yard field goal accounted for the only points for Adrian (8-3).