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.

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