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Minnesota State-Mankato, Colorado State-Pueblo to play for Division II football title in KCK

Assistant field manager Josh Tvrdik prepares an end zone on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for Saturday's NCAA Division II Football Championship game at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Minnesota State University-Mankato and Colorado State University-Pueblo will each be playing for its first national title when they face off at 3 pm.
Assistant field manager Josh Tvrdik prepares an end zone on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for Saturday's NCAA Division II Football Championship game at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. Minnesota State University-Mankato and Colorado State University-Pueblo will each be playing for its first national title when they face off at 3 pm. The Kansas City Star

The NCAA Division II football championship game Saturday at Sporting Park is set.

Two No. 2 regional seeds, Minnesota State-Mankato and Colorado State-Pueblo, will each seek their first national title in their first championship game appearance. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. and will air on ESPN2.

Minnesota State-Mankato eliminated Pittsburg State from the Division II playoffs in the second round. The Mavericks, 14-0 and from the Northern Sun Conference, beat top-seeded Concord (W.Va.) 47-13 in the national semifinals behind 177 yards and four touchdown passes from Ricky Lloyd.

Colorado State-Pueblo, 13-1, is from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The ThunderWolves edged No. 6 seed West Georgia 10-7 on Zach Boyd’s 38-yard fourth-quarter touchdown catch in the semifinals.

Regular adult tickets start at $20 and are available through Ticketmaster.

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