Despite a second-half comeback that tied the game early in the 4th period, Mount Union yielded two scores in the final 1:17 to come up short in the NCAA Division III football championship game, losing 38-28 to Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Quarterback Kurt Rocco, injured in the semifinal round, returned to throw for three touchdowns and run for a fourth, but two 4th-period turnovers halted the Raiders’ momentum. When Whitewater’s Levell Coppage ran 31 yards for the game-winning touchdown, Mount Union could not answer in the time remaining.
The loss ends Mount Union’s 29-game winning streak, which included last year’s national championship. The Raiders conclude their 2009 season with a 14-1 record.