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1973 playoffs

Stagg Bowl I: Wittenberg 41, Juniata 0
Dec. 8, 1973, in Phenix City, Ala.

From the NCAA News

Wittenberg University used a secret weapon to roll to the first NCAA Division III National Football championship in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Phenix City, Ala., over Juniata College.

The secret weapon was a Ball — quarterback Lloyd Ball, that is. Ball, a 5-11, 170-pound senior quarterback, scored the first four touchdowns for the Tigers in a 41-0 win for the Springfield, Ohio, based institution.

Ball’s four touchdown runs totaled five yards as all came on quarterback keepers near the goal line. His short runs came after he drove the Tigers downfield to get them in scoring position.

He completed eight of 13 passes for 178 yards to lead the Tiger air attack as three rushers-Doug Jacobs, Glenn Hendrix and Dave Johnson-each gained more than 50 yards rushing to lead a balanced running attack which netted 220 yards.

Juniata couldn’t sustain any long scoring drives due to the Wittenberg defense. The Indians lost only one fumble and had only one pass intercepted, but seemed to run out of downs after failing to pick up key yardage. The Indians totaled 15 first downs to Wittenberg’s 19 and picked up 238 yards total offense, but were held scoreless.

After Ball’s four touchdown runs, which all came in the first three quarters, Johnson and Hendrix scored a TD each in the fourth period to finish up the scoring. Kicker Jeff Burkam had one PAT attempt blocked, but converted the rest.

Tight end Lowell Harper latched onto three of Bail’s passes and galloped a total of 103 yards with them, including a 46-yard reception to the Juniata one-yard line which set up one of Ball’s scores.

Juniata finished 10-2, losing only to Wilkes, 25-15, besides the championship game.

Juniata was led by quarterback Gary Shope, the No. 2 all-time career offense leader at the institution. He completed 10 of 26 passes for 139 yards, including four to wide receiver Rick Rudolph for 55 yards. The Shope-to-Rudolph combination clicked for a 99-yard scoring play, the longest in Juniata history, earlier this season in a game against Geneva.

The Indians gained the final round berth opposite Wittenberg by dropping the University of Bridgeport, 35-14, in the semifinals at Bridgeport’s John F. Kennedy Stadium.

Wittenberg had defeated the University of San Diego, 21-14, on its home field in the semifinals of the four-team tournament to gain the finals and ended the season with a spotless 12-0 record.

Box score
Team 1 2 3 4 T
Juniata 0 0 0 0 0
Wittenberg 7 14 6 14 41

Scoring summary
W-Ball 2 run (Burkam kick)
W-Ball 1 run (Burkam kick)
W-Ball 1 run (Burkam kick)
W-Ball 1 run (kick blocked)
W-John 2 run (Burkam kick)
W-Hendrix 10 run (Burkam kick)

Playoff results
Semifinals
Juniata 35, at Bridgeport 14
at Wittenberg 21, San Diego 14

Stagg Bowl I, Dec. 11
Wittenberg 41, Juniata 0, at Phenix City, Ala.

Oct. 19: All times Eastern
Final
Martin Luther 21, at Northwestern (Minn.) 6
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at Stevenson 33, Wilkes 21
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at RPI 31, Hobart 24
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at MIT 13, Coast Guard 0
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Norwich 15, at Maine Maritime 7
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at Moravian 31, Juniata 14
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at Dean 53, Gallaudet 21
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Endicott 45, at Becker 13
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Frostburg State 24, at Montclair State 17
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SUNY-Maritime 68, at Castleton 41
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at Trinity (Texas) 28, Sewanee 14
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Johns Hopkins 51, at Gettysburg 14
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N.C. Wesleyan 29, at Brevard 21
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at Misericordia 37, FDU-Florham 33
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Union 29, at St. Lawrence 7
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at Ithaca 28, Rochester 3
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at Colby 23, Hamilton 21
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at Middlebury 35, Bates 34
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Trinity (Conn.) 48, at Bowdoin 6
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Springfield 23, at Catholic 11
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Amherst 33, at Wesleyan 3
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at Plymouth State 17, Massachusetts Maritime 14
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at Husson 54, Anna Maria 14
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TCNJ 13, at Kean 8
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Carnegie Mellon 41, at Thiel 7
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Salve Regina 30, at Curry 21
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King's 37, at Albright 26
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Trine 31, at Finlandia 0
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Susquehanna 41, at Ursinus 35
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Delaware Valley 52, at Lebanon Valley 7
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at Western New England 70, University of New England 13
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Franklin and Marshall 35, at Dickinson 14
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at Wittenberg 38, DePauw 23
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at Emory and Henry 52, Shenandoah 50
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at Wabash 32, Oberlin 7
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at Westminster (Pa.) 27, Washington and Jefferson 20
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at Hampden-Sydney 38, Guilford 35
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at Randolph-Macon 44, Bridgewater 41
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Cortland 56, at Hartwick 3
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at Denison 27, Ohio Wesleyan 10
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Waynesburg 12, at St. Vincent 10
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Salisbury 33, at Southern Virginia 0
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at Methodist 42, Greensboro 6
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Christopher Newport 39, at William Paterson 10
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Albion 49, at Adrian 42
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Thomas More 35, at St. Scholastica 0
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at Westminster (Mo.) 25, Minnesota-Morris 7
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Lake Forest 24, at Grinnell 0
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at Greenville 41, Crown 14
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at Merchant Marine 25, WPI 24
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at John Carroll 27, Marietta 24
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at Tufts 28, Williams 21
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Ohio Northern 49, at Capital 46
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Baldwin Wallace 35, at Wilmington 33
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at Mount Union 54, Heidelberg 0
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at Lycoming 52, Alvernia 0
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at Rose-Hulman 44, Anderson 6
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at Franklin 64, Earlham 20
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Hanover 48, at Manchester 14
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Mount St. Joseph 20, at Defiance 0
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at Utica 30, Alfred 22
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Maryville (Tenn.) 37, at LaGrange 17
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Framingham State 27, at Westfield State 2
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Morrisville State 35, at St. John Fisher 7
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at Muskingum 21, Otterbein 14
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at Berry 28, Millsaps 21
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at Muhlenberg 42, McDaniel 18
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at Rowan 28, Wesley 27
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at Wooster 28, Hiram 21
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Allegheny 54, at Kenyon 10
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at Nebraska Wesleyan 23, Luther 15
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Wheaton (Ill.) 20, at Augustana 3
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at Eureka 50, Benedictine 20
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, at Belhaven 0
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at Hardin-Simmons 58, Texas Lutheran 14
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Chicago 63, at Beloit 0
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at Concordia (Wis.) 45, Concordia-Chicago 34
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Aurora 25, at Rockford 7
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at Bethel 41, Concordia-Moorhead 13
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Lakeland 38, at Wisconsin Lutheran 12
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at St. John's 57, St. Olaf 7
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at Gustavus Adolphus 42, Augsburg 0
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Dubuque 38, at Buena Vista 7
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North Central (Ill.) 26, at Carthage 14
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at Ripon 58, Macalester 34
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at Monmouth 51, Cornell 0
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at Simpson 38, Loras 33
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at Knox 20, Illinois College 6
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UW-Stout 31, at UW-Stevens Point 27
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Millikin 14, at Elmhurst 13
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at MacMurray 20, Iowa Wesleyan 13
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at UW-Platteville 16
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at St. Thomas 68, Carleton 0
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at Mass-Dartmouth 41, Worcester State 27
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at Wartburg 47, Central 20
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at UW-Oshkosh 24, UW-La Crosse 13
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at UW-Whitewater 44, UW-River Falls 7
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at Birmingham-Southern 47, Austin 35
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Centre 41, at Rhodes 14
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at Carroll 23, North Park 0
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at Kalamazoo 17, Alma 10
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at Pacific Lutheran 33, Willamette 20
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at Brockport 65, Buffalo State 7
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at Averett 45, Huntingdon 17
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Washington and Lee 38, at Ferrum 35
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at Pacific 54, Lewis and Clark 22
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Redlands 35, at La Verne 17
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Whitworth 47, at Puget Sound 13
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 27, at Occidental 7
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Linfield 14, at George Fox 0
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at Hope 35, Olivet 30
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at Western Connecticut 50, Bridgewater State 48
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Case Western Reserve 27, at Geneva 14
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at Sul Ross State 28, Howard Payne 27
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East Texas Baptist 48, at Louisiana College 27
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Illinois Wesleyan 27, at Washington U. 21
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St. Norbert 46, at Lawrence 0
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at Pomona-Pitzer 42, Whittier 17
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Chapman 33, at Cal Lutheran 29
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Frostburg State 24, at Montclair State 17
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at RPI 31, Hobart 24
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Trine 31, at Finlandia 0
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at Wittenberg 38, DePauw 23
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at Westminster (Pa.) 27, Washington and Jefferson 20
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Delaware Valley 52, at Lebanon Valley 7
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Johns Hopkins 51, at Gettysburg 14
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at Mount Union 54, Heidelberg 0
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at John Carroll 27, Marietta 24
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at Berry 28, Millsaps 21
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at Rowan 28, Wesley 27
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at Muhlenberg 42, McDaniel 18
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Wheaton (Ill.) 20, at Augustana 3
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Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, at Belhaven 0
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at St. John's 57, St. Olaf 7
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at Hardin-Simmons 58, Texas Lutheran 14
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North Central (Ill.) 26, at Carthage 14
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at St. Thomas 68, Carleton 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 24, UW-La Crosse 13
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at UW-Whitewater 44, UW-River Falls 7
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at Brockport 65, Buffalo State 7
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Whitworth 47, at Puget Sound 13
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Linfield 14, at George Fox 0
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Case Western Reserve 27, at Geneva 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 27, at Washington U. 21
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