Sunday’s women’s DI college final promises to be a barnburner as two high-powered offenses in Ohio State and Northern Iowa will face off.
UNI hammered Michigan 51-8, their second straight 50+ playoff outing. Meanwhile OSU beat Minnesota 33-13.
For the Buckeyes it’s a return to the lofty heights of territorial playoffs after a couple of years of struggle.
“We have a very young team – most of them sophomores,” said Head Coach Phillip Payne.
And they are starting to come of age.
“Today we started off the game playing the way we’re capable of,” Payne said. “We had a nice mix of strong-running forwards and some fast backs.”
Some very fast backs – faster than he’s ever had, said Payne.
Courtney Milon is one of those, and she claimed three tries and the Man of the Match honors. Akua Adu-Gyamfi added two of her own.
That sets up a big final match for Sunday; a game that could well see over 100 points scored in total.
“I hope the defenses play better than that,” said Payne. “But I do think it will be a high-scoring game. The last couple of years we didn’t have the horses. Now we feel we have the talent go toe-to-toe with them.”