INDIANA, Pa. —De’Antwan Williams ran 30 times for 152 yards and the go-ahead touchdown as No. 11 Indiana (Pa.) knocked off No. 25 Shepherd 27-17 in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs on Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson Hawks (11-1) ran for 203 yards, becoming the only team to rush for more than 110 yards against the Rams this season.
Shepherd (8-3) took a 17-14 lead midway through the third quarter on a 42-yard field goal by Ryan Earls.
But IUP ruled the rest of the game. Williams scored on a 5-yard run with 1:45 left in the third to give the Hawks a 21-17 lead.
Brett Ullman hit a 39-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to make it 24-17. Less than three minutes later — following an interception by IUP’s Alexander Bergdahl — Ullman connected again from 31 yards out for a 27-17 Hawks edge.
IUP converted two other Shepherd turnovers into points in the first half. Following a Rams fumble, IUP quarterback Mike Box hit Terrill Barnes for a 5-yard touchdown pass to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead with 8:27 left in the first quarter.
The Rams tied the score just three minutes later when quarterback Bobby Cooper ran for an 18-yard touchdown.
But Cooper was picked off late in the first half by Carl Fleming, who returned the interception 77 yards for a score to give IUP a 14-7 halftime lead.
Cooper got the Rams even early in the third quarter with his second touchdown run of the game, a 1-yarder. Cooper hit on 12-of-28 passes for 96 yards.
Box completed 6 of 20 passes for 122 yards for the Hawks. IUP had 325 yards of total offense, while Shepherd had 250.
David Carter had 13 tackles to pace the Rams. Mike Franklin added 10 stops and three tackles for loss.
The Crimson Hawks face New Haven in a second-round game next weekend.