Auburn has hired Iowa State's Gene Chizik as its football coach, turning to a former defensive coordinator who helped the Tigers forge a perfect season in 2004 but who has won five games in two years as a head coach.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said that Chizik told him yesterday he was accepting the Auburn job. He called the timing of the situation, and how it transpired, "hurtful and disappointing."

The former Auburn defensive coordinator will succeed Tommy Tuberville, who resigned following 10 seasons with an 85-40 record. Auburn was a disappointing 5-7 in a season that ended with a lopsided loss to Alabama.

The 46-year-old Chizik is 5-19 in two seasons at Iowa State after stints running the defenses at Auburn and Texas. He coached the nation's top scoring defense on a 2004 Auburn team that went 13-0.

Record-setter.

As

Mount Union

advanced yesterday to the Division III final by beating

Wheaton

, 45-24, Nate Kmic gained 310 yards for the victors to become college football's career rushing leader.

Kmic has 7,986 career yards, 24 more than the record set by Chadron State's Danny Woodhead (2004-07).

In the Division III final, Mount Union will face

Wisconsin-Whitewater

, a 39-13 victor over

Mary-Hardin Baylor

.

Other games.

Richmond

edged

Northern Iowa

, 21-20, in a Division I-AA semifinal. . . .

Minnesota-Duluth

won the Division II championship by defeating

Northwest Missouri State

, 21-14. . . .

Grambling State

beat

Jackson State

, 41-9, for the Southwestern Athletic Conference title.