Bo Levi Mitchell threw four touchdown passes as Eastern Washington defeated error-prone Villanova, 41-31, on Friday night at Cheney, Wash., in the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Eagles (12-2) advance to their first national championship game, where they will play the winner of Saturday's contest between Georgia Southern (10-4) and Delaware (11-2) on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas.
Villanova (9-5), the defending national champions, lost four fumbles, each leading to Eastern Washington scores.
The Eagles improved to 8-0 on their unique red turf.
Fangupo to BYU
USC Coach Lane Kiffin said reserve defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo made a "family decision" to transfer to Brigham Young, where he will try to play as a walk-on. Fangupo, a 25-year-old senior who is married, made four tackles in seven games last season.
— Gary Klein
Franklin takes Vanderbilt job
James Franklin, the offensive coordinator who was in line to succeed Coach Ralph Friedgen at Maryland, was introduced as Vanderbilt's third head coach this season.