Perhaps it was just meant to be. The Husson Eagles winning their first ever NCAA playoff game,23-21, playing on Amos Alonzo Stagg Field at Springfield College.

Stagg won 314 games as college football coach including years spent at Springfield (then called Young Men's Christian Association Training School).

The Eagles first NCAA elevates their history and makes them the top Division III team in New England.

Husson held the vaunted rushing attack of Springfield to 264. Considering the Pride were leading the nation with a 462 yard average, that's a good day for the Eagles defense.

Tailback John Smith carried the ball 43 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns. QB Corey Brandon threw for 209 yards and a TD. The Eagles controlled the clock, over 39 minutes of possession time while Springfield had the ball just over 19 minutes.

A Devin Pickett 22-yard field goal turned out to be the difference in the final score.

Quan Soyini intercepted and Springfield pass in the final moments to preserve the win.

The Eagles move to 10-1 and the NCAA second round opponent will be Deleware Valley University from Pennsylvania. The NCAA announces host sites on Sunday.

NOTE: The Eagles are the only team from New England is alive in the NCAA playoffs. Deleware Valley beat Western New England 35-0 and Brockport defeated Plymouth State 66-0.