NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE (IL) CARDINALS

After sweating out Selection Sunday to become, by all accounts, the final team admitted into the NCAA Division III Football Championship, the North Central College Cardinals completed a five-week barnstorming tour of the nation's top programs, kicking in the door to what had been a highly exclusive party and overwhelming the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 41-14, to claim the program's first national title at Woodforest Bank Stadium.