Allegheny's football team capped an extraordinary season by claiming the NCAA Division III championship with a 21-14 victory against Lycoming in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. The Gators finished 13-0-1 under first-year head coach Ken O'Keefe.
It remains the only Stagg Bowl to be decided in overtime.
Lycoming took a 14-0 lead before momentum swung back in the other direction. The Gators went on a 16-play drive, capped by an 11-yard option run by quarterback Jeff Filkovski, and Filkovski hit Julio Lacayo with a 7-yard pass with 1:38 to go to tie the game, capping a 12-play, 73-yard drive.
The Warriors had a chance to win the game in regulation, but a 41-yard field goal attempt by John Phillips fell short.
Kurt Reiser caught a touchdown pass from Filkovski in overtime after the Gators went the required 25 yards in just three plays. Ed Dougherty opened the Warriors' overtime possession with a pass completion, but linebacker Darren Hadlock sacked him on second down. Defensive lineman Jeff Pearson batted down his third-down pass and Tony Bifulco sealed the game with an interception, beating Dave Bodmer to the ball. Filkovski finished 15-for-26 passing for 115 yards through the air, while rushing for 64 yards on 22 carries.
Hofstra 35, Cortland State 9
Trenton State 24, Ithaca 14
Washington and Jefferson 10, Ferrum 7
Lycoming 17, Carnegie Mellon 7
Dayton 24, Augustana 14
Allegheny 26, Mount Union 15
St. Thomas 24, UW-Whitewater 23
Central 24, Redlands 14
Hofstra 28, Trenton State 3
Lycoming 24, Washington and Jefferson 0
Allegheny 31, Dayton 23
Central 33, St. Thomas 32
Lycoming 20, Hofstra 10
Allegheny 24, Central 7
Stagg Bowl XVIII
Allegheny 21, Lycoming 14 (OT), at Bradenton, Fla.
Trenton State is now known as The College of New Jersey.