Stagg Bowl XXII
Albion 38, Washington and Jefferson 15
Dec. 10, 1994, in Salem, Va.
While the Britons had picked up momentum all through their MIAA schedule, outscoring league opponents 220-45, the playoffs proved tough going. Each of the three playoff games went to the final minute before the winner was determined.
Against Augustana, Albion survived a fourth-quarter Viking comeback from a three-touchdown deficit to win 28-21. Albion’s defense forced 12 turnovers from Mount Union and St. John’s, but it took two extra-point kick blocks to preserve the win over Mount Union, 34-33, and a come-from-behind drive in the final four minutes for the Britons to escape Minnesota with a 19-16 victory.
Arriving as a distinct underdog at the NCAA Division III championship game, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va., Dec. 10, 1994, Albion faced Washington & Jefferson, a playoff participant in each of the past five years and the preseason favorite for the title.
But Albion would not be denied. The Britons sailed to a 38-15 triumph that included 31 unanswered points in a 30-minute stretch. No last-minute heroics were needed this time. Albion blew the game open with a 17-point second quarter, and then locked up the win with two second-half touchdowns.
As a team, Albion saved its best overall game of the season for
last. On defense, the Britons held Washington &
Jefferson’s vaunted running game to 114 yards, and its total
offense to 236 yards, nearly 200 below its season average. On
offense, Albion scored in every quarter, something the Britons had
not done in their previous 1994 playoff contests.
Individually, seniors Jeff Robinson and Jim Davis saved their best performances for the final game of their collegiate careers. Robinson rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns to lead the offense. Davis was the defensive standout, registering 15 tackles, including three for loss and a quarterback sack.
First round, Nov. 19
Mount Union 28, at Allegheny 19
at Albion 28, Augustana 21
Wartburg 22, at Central 21
at St. John's 51, La Verne 12
Widener 14, at Dickinson 0
at Washington and Jefferson 28, Trinity (Texas) 0
at Plymouth State 19, Kings Point 18
at Ithaca 10, Buffalo State 7 (2 OT)
Quarterfinals, Nov. 26
at Albion 34, Mount Union 33
at St. John's 42, Wartburg 14
at Washington and Jefferson 37, Widener 21
at Ithaca 22, Plymouth State 7
Semifinals, Dec. 3
Albion 19, at St. John's 16
Washington and Jefferson 23, at Ithaca 19
Stagg Bowl XXIII, Dec. 10
Albion 38, Washington and Jefferson 15, at Salem, Va.