1991 playoffs

Stagg Bowl XIX
Ithaca 34, Dayton 20
Bradenton, Fla.

Ithaca captured its third national championship with a 34-20 win over Dayton in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl at Hawkins Stadium in Bradenton, Fla.

Junior fullback Jeff Wittman and senior split end Nick Ismailoff combined for five touchdowns for the Bombers in the win. Wittman scored three touchdowns and finished with 159 yards rushing on a school playoff-record 30 carries. Wittman’s touchdown runs covered 1, 3 and 6 yards.

Senior quarterback Todd Wilkowski completed 15 of 25 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdown passes went to Ismailoff, who made 10 receptions for 193 yards.

The defense was equally impressive. In the second half, Ithaca did not allow a first down and yielded only 13 yards to the Dayton offense. Junior linebacker Billie Mays Jr. had 10 tackles and senior strong safety Joe Palladino picked off two passes and made nine tackles.

Ithaca held Dayton to 135 rushing yards, 112 below its season average entering the game. The Flyers were making their seventh Stagg Bowl appearance.

Team 1
Ithaca 6 14 0 14 34
Dayton 10 7 0 3 20 

First quarter
Dayton:
Hofacre 17 pass from Keller (Burns kick)
Ithaca: Wittman 1 run (kick failed)
Dayton: Burns 30 FG
Second quarter
Dayton:
 Alexander 9 run (Burns kick)
Ithaca: Ismailoff 42 pass from Wilkowski (Sullivan kick)
Ithaca: Wittman 3 run (Sullivan kick)
Fourth quarter
Ithaca:
Wittman 6 run (Sullivan kick)
Dayton: Burns 24 FG
Ithaca: Ismailoff 32 pass from Wilkowski (Sullivan kick)

Att: 5,469

Stats Ithaca Dayton
First downs 29 11
Rushes-yards 65-296 37-135
Passing yards 262 79
Att-Cmp-Int 26-15-1 21-10-2
Total yards 558 214
Punts-avg. 3-37.7 7-38.7
Return yards 1 28
Fumbles-lost 5-3 2-1
Penalties-yards 2-22 3-38

Individual leaders

Rushing: IC — Wittman 30-159; Wilkowski 18-63; Adams 10-51.
UD — Miller 11-55; Peterson 12-35.

Passing: IC — Wilkowski 25-15-1, 262; Wittman 1-0-0.
UD — Keller 16-9-1, 71; Daniels 5-1-1, 8.

Receiving: IC — Ismailoff 10-193; Gamble 3-47; Slayton 2-22.
UD — Franks 3-24, Taylor 3-22.

Playoff results

First round
St. John's 75, Coe 2
UW-La Crosse 28, Simpson 13
Allegheny 24, Albion 21 (OT)
Dayton 27, Baldwin-Wallace 10
Ithaca 31, Rowan 10
Union 55, Mass-Lowell 16
Lycoming 18, Washington and Jefferson 16
Susquehanna 21, Dickinson 20
Quarterfinals
St. John's 29, UW-La Crosse 10
Dayton 28, Allegheny 25 (OT)
Ithaca 35, Union 23
Susquehanna 31, Lycoming 24
Semifinals
Dayton 19, St. John's 7
Ithaca 49, Susquehanna 13
Stagg Bowl XIX
Ithaca 34, Dayton 20
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