With just over two minutes remaining, Slippery Rock was a handful of minutes and plays from winning a conference championship and making the NCAA football playoffs.
However, led by a last-minute drive, Bloomsburg ended those hopes with a 10-yard touchdown run from Franklyn Quiteh with 27 seconds remaining to get a 42-38 home victory Saturday in the PSAC championship.
With the win, the Huskies (10-1, 6-1) automatically qualify for the Division II playoffs. The only remaining playoff hope for The Rock (9-2, 6-1) would be to receive an at-large selection.
After a first-quarter touchdown pass from Nigel Barksdale to Ken Amos evened the score at 7-7, Slippery Rock did not trail until the final 30 seconds of the game. The Rock even led by as many as 15 points late in the third quarter.
Mike Wainauskis, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, kicked a 24-yard field goal with 2:16 remaining in the game to break a deadlock and give Slippery Rock a 38-35 lead. But Bloomsburg responded with an eight-play, 70-yard drive in less than two minutes that ended with Quiteh's winning touchdown.
In his final collegiate game, Barksdale finished with 421 total yards (343 passing) and two touchdowns (both passes). Bethel Park graduate John Schademan had a team-high 10 catches for 169 yards and a touchdown.
■ Duquesne 24, Central Connecticut State 21: Montour graduate Dillon Buechel threw for 288 yards and a 66-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as the host Dukes (6-4, 4-2) clinched at least a share of the Northeast Conference title.
■ Sacred Heart 42, Robert Morris 25: The Colonials (5-5, 3-2) scored 19 of their 25 points in the fourth quarter, but were unable to complete the rally after falling behind, 28-6, in a loss that ended their three-game winning streak.
■ Washington & Jefferson 38, Waynesburg 13: Keystone Oaks graduate Dion Wiegand rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown as the host Presidents (8-2, 7-1) outscored the Yellow Jackets (7-3, 5-3), 24-3, in the second half en route to capturing the 23rd PAC championship in program history.
■ IUP 42, Shippensburg 21: De'Antwan Williams rushed for 315 yards, a single-game program record, and three touchdowns as the visiting Crimson Hawks (9-2, 5-2) picked up their fourth consecutive victory.
■ Wagner 10, Saint Francis 7: Kyle Harbridge rushed for 98 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown, but the host Red Flash (4-6, 2-3) managed just 144 total yards of offense.
■ California 48, Millersville 14: Nick Grissom rushed for 48 yards and three touchdowns, James Harris threw for 233 yards and the visiting Vulcans (7-4, 4-3) ended their season with a comfortable victory.
■ Westminster 30, Geneva 27: Dak Britt had 378 total yards (271 passing) and two touchdowns as the host Titans (4-6, 3-5) defeated the Golden Tornadoes (5-5, 4-4).
■ Bethany 56, Saint Vincent 35: Matt Grimard threw for 416 yards and six touchdowns, Brandon Hill rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown, and the visiting Bison (4-6, 3-5) defeated the Bearcats (0-10, 0-8), who finished their second consecutive winless season.
■ Case Western Reserve 35, Carnegie Mellon 32: Rob Kalkstein, a Gateway graduate, threw for 327 yards, three touchdowns and set the program's career passing yardage record, but the Tartans (3-7) lost their fifth consecutive game to end the season.
■ Seton Hill 17, Cheyney 10: Jarvis McClam scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 5:59 remaining in the game as the visiting Griffins (1-10, 0-7) snapped their 23-game losing streak.