Monday, December 7, 2009

Mount Union Earns NCAA Football Semifinal Berth; Wittenberg Ousted

The NCAA Division III football tournament continues this weekend with just one AICUO member still participating.

After a 400-plus mile road trip to Whitewater, Wis., Wittenberg fell to its host, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, by a 31-13 score. The Tigers trailed by a single point at halftime, but lost its starting quarterback to injury near the intermission. Wittenberg ends its season with a 12-1 record.

In Alliance, Mount Union, the defending national champion, hammered visiting Albright (Pa.), 55-3, to continue to the national semifinals.

In this Saturday's semifinal the unbeaten Purple Raiders host Wesley (Del.) at noon.

The winner continues to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va., on December 19, to play the winner of the Wisconsin-Whitewater v. Linfield (Ore.) semifinal. Three of the four semifinalists are independent colleges.

—Bob Burke