Tim Flynn

McKinney bound! Mines advances to first NCAA DII Football Championship game

The Orediggers beat Shepherd 44-13 in front of a standing room-only crowd to punch their ticket to Mines' first-ever national championship game
Mines football players celebrate with championship game banner

After 2021's playoff run came three points short in the national semifinals, there was one goal for Colorado School of Mines football: play four more quarters.

They will finally have that chance.

The Orediggers dominated from start to finish, beating Shepherd 44-13 in the NCAA Division II semifinals Dec. 10 and advancing to the championship game for the first time in program history in front of an electric standing-room-only crowd at Marv Kay Stadium.

Mines (13-2) will play Ferris State on Dec. 17 in McKinney, Texas at noon Central Time for the national title. The game will air live on ESPNU. Ticket information is available on the Mines Athletics website

"Our guys are playing at a different level right now," said head coach Brandon Moore. "We're definitely peaking at the right time, we're hitting on all cylinders, schematically and discipline-wise and play-wise."

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Tim Flynn

Tim Flynn

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