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Valdosta State defeats Minnesota State 35-19


MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Cayden Cochran passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for two second-half scores as Valdosta State defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 35-19 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs Saturday.

Austin Scott added 159 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Blazers (11-2), who will face Winston-Salem in the championship game Dec. 15 in Florence, Ala.

Cochran threw second-quarter touchdowns of 8 yards to Gerald Ford and 9 yards to Seantavious Jones, helping Valdosta State overcome a 10-0 deficit. Cochran added scoring runs of 5 yards and 1 yard in the second half, the latter giving the Blazers a 28-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Jones had four receptions for 122 yards in the game.

Minnesota State (13-1) got 195 yards passing and 127 yards rushing from Jon Wolf.

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