1997 playoffs

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Stagg Bowl XXV
Mount Union 61, Lycoming 12

Dec. 13, 1997, in Salem, Va.
Mount Union took the lead with 13:11 left in the first quarter when running back Ryan Gorius capped a six-play, 78-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Bill Borchert capped the first-quarter scoring by hitting receiver Marc Lantos on a 23-yard scoring pass with 3:47 left.

Lycoming (12-1) cut the lead to eight when Joe Spang caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jason Marraccini at the 10:30 mark of the second quarter. The point-after attempt failed.

The Purple Raiders quickly regained the momentum and squashed any Lycoming hope of staying in the game. Borchert connected with receiver Reiko Gollate on a 36-yard touchdown pass and then hit Brian Tyla for a 3-yard score to take a comfortable 28-6 lead at half time.

Borchert continued his brilliant performance in the third quarter as he ran for a score and threw two more touchdown passes. The Purple Raiders held a commanding 49-6 lead and were well on their way to the title.

Borchert, the recipient of the 1997 Gagliardi Trophy that honors the top player in Division III, has thrown for 916 yards and 13 touchdowns in the last two championship games.

Running back Brian Thompson led Lycoming with 86 yards on 19 carries. For Mount Union, Gorius ran for 86 yards and Steve Evans added 72 on 13 carries. Tyla led the Purple Raiders with seven catches for 102 yards. All-American wide receiver Kevin Knestrick caught six passes for 163 yards.

The victory gave Mount Union, which finished 14-0 and has the best winning percentage in college football in the 1990s, its second consecutive title and the third in the past five years.

In the past eight years, Mount Union is 94-6-1, a winning percentage of .936.

The Purple Raiders have won 28 consecutive games -- the longest current winning streak in college football -- since losing to UW-La Crosse 20-17 in the semifinals of the 1995 playoffs.

Lycoming finished second for the second time in school history. The Warriors lost in overtime to Allegheny in the 1990 title game.

Team 1 2 3 4 T
Lycoming 0 6 0 6 12
Mount Union 14 14 21 12 61

First quarter 
Mount Union:
Ryan Gorius 20 run (Bill Andrea kick) (13:11)
Mount Union: Marc Lantos 23 pass from Bill Borchert (Andrea kick) (3:47)
Second quarter
Lycoming:
Joe Spang 5 pass from Jason Marraccini (kick failed) (10:30)
Mount Union: Reiko Gollate 36 pass from Borchert (Andrea kick) (8:00)
Mount Union: Brian Tyla 3 pass from Borchert (Andrea kick) (4:48)
Third quarter
Mount Union:
Borchert 10 run (Andrea kick) (12:50)
Mount Union: Tyla 18 pass from Borchert (Andrea kick) (8:05)
Mount Union: Gorius 14 pass from Borchert (Andrea kick) (4:33)
Fourth quarter
Mount Union:
Gollate 11 pass from Borchert (kick failed) (12:06)
Mount Union: Steve Evans 2 run (kick failed) (5:30)
Lycoming: Tim Dumas 34 pass from Andy Showalter (pass failed) (2:07)

Stats Lycoming Mount Union
First downs 5 33
Rushing yards 67 258
Passing yards 116 439
Return yards 140 80
Passes (Cmp-Att-Int) 7-16-1 25-41-0 
Punts-average 10-31.3 1-43.0 
Fumbles-lost  1-0  2-2 
Penalties-yards 2-20  9-102 

Attendance: 5,777

Playoff results

First round, Nov. 22
at Mount Union 34, Allegheny 30
John Carroll 30, at Hanover 20
Simpson 34, at UW-Whitewater 31
Augsburg 34, at Concordia-Moorhead 22
at Lycoming 27, Western Maryland 13
at Trinity (Texas) 44, Catholic 33
at Rowan 43, Coast Guard 0
at New Jersey 34, Cortland State 30

Quarterfinals, Nov. 29
at Mount Union 59, John Carroll 7
at Simpson 61, Augsburg 21
at Lycoming 46, Trinity (Texas) 26
at Rowan 13, New Jersey 7

Semifinals, Dec. 6
at Mount Union 54, Simpson 7
at Lycoming 28, Rowan 20

Stagg Bowl XXV, Dec. 13
Mount Union 61, Lycoming 12, at Salem, Va.

Western Maryland is now known as McDaniel.

Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
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at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
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MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
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at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
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at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
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St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
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at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
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at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
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at Western New England 59, Curry 28
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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Colby 9, at Williams 7
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at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
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at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
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Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
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at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
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Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
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at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
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at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
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at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
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at Springfield 28, WPI 23
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at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
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at Denison 45, Wooster 7
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
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at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
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at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
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at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
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at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
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at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
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at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
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at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
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at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
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Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
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Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
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at Centre 49, Chicago 27
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at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
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Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
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at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
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Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
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at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
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at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
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Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
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Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
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Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
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at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
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Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
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at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
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Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
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at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
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Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
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at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
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Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
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at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
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at Ripon 33, Knox 19
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Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
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UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
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UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
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at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
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Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
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Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
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at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
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at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
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Langston at McMurry
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
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Sep. 29: All times Eastern
6:30 PM
Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
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Sep. 30: All times Eastern
6:30 PM
Emory and Henry at Washington and Lee
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Sep. 24: All times Eastern
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at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
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at Hobart 27, Union 23
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Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
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at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
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Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
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Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
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at Utica 24, Cortland 13
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at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
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at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
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Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
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St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
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at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
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at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
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UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
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UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
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Central 42, at Loras 34
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St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
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Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
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at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
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