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2007 playoffs: New faces hoist trophy


UW-Whitewater got over the hump on its third try in Salem Stadium against Mount Union.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, D3sports.com

UW-Whitewater scored first in each of the previous two meetings against Mount Union in the Stagg Bowl. But in this instance, the Warhawks built a 17-0 lead and held on to win 31-21.

The victory, the first for UW-Whitewater in Salem, meant the Warhawks showed Mount Union was not unbeatable, writes Ryan Tipps. And every time Mount Union loses, says Keith McMillan, it proves they're human, as does the Purple Raiders' emotions in defeat. Photo gallery.

Mount Union cut the lead to three twice as Nate Kmic scored three touchdowns. But Justin Beaver and the 22 other Warhawks seniors would not be denied.

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Beaver rushed for 253 yards and a score against a Purple Raiders defense that gave up less than 25 yards per game all season. Danny Jones' second 1-yard touchdown plunge of the game put the game away, 31-21.

D3football.com also announced its All-American teams on game day in Salem. Following the game, D3football.com announced its final awards: Justin Beaver was named Offensive Player of the Year, Mary Hardin-Baylor linebacker Jerrell Freeman was named Defensive Player of the Year and UW-Whitewater's Lance Leipold was named Coach of the Year.

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