St. Francis was hoping to go back back back to Daytona Beach.
The Cougars lost to No. 1 Morningside in the NAIA semifinal game on the road in overtime, 34-28. There was a winter weather advisory during the game which made conditions tricky.
USF won back-to-back national titles in 2016 and 2017. The championship game will take place on December 15th.