CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — With Towson starting quarterback Peter Athens out of the game with a shoulder injury, backup Connor Frazier got some simple instructions from coach Rob Ambrose.
"He said lets have some fun," Frazier said, after scoring on a 1-yard run with 17 seconds left to lift Towson to a 35-31 victory over Eastern Washington in a Football Championship Subdivision semifinal game on Saturday.
"Being a backup, I have to be ready for anything," said Frazier, who rallied the Tigers from a 31-21 deficit for the win.
Towson (13-2) took over on its 29 with 1:35 left in the game and went 71 yards for the winning points.
Eastern Washington (12-3) got the ball back with 12 seconds left, but Vernon Adams' first pass was intercepted.
Towson will play two-time defending champion North Dakota State (14-0) in the national title game on Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas.
"It's a proud day to be a Tiger," Ambrose said. "I'm extremely proud of my guys."
Eastern Washington was making its third trip to the semifinals in four seasons, and won the 2010 national championship.
"When you finish the season in a loser-go-home situation, it is going to hurt," Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin said. "Everybody in the locker room is hurting, but they should have their heads held high."
The Tigers have won 12 straight games on the road dating to last season.
Towson scored the first 21 points of the game, gave up 31 straight points, and then scored the final two touchdowns late for the win.
Adams threw for 394 yards and two touchdowns for Eastern Washington, which outgained the Tigers 580 yards to 483.
Frazier completed 6-of-10 passes for 98 yards, and also ran 18 times for 98 yards and the winning touchdown.
Towson marched 75 yards down the wet, slippery field on its first possession, with quarterback Athens throwing a 1-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Holder for a 7-0 lead
Eastern moved down the field on its first possession, but receiver Cooper Kupp fumbled on Towson's 12 and the Tigers recovered. Derrick Joseph caught passes for 50 and 16 yards for Towson, and Terrance West dove over from the 1-yard line for a 14-0 lead. It was West's FCS-record 40th touchdown of the season, 39th on the ground.