Dec. 14, 1996, in Salem, Va.
Courtesy Mount Union Sports Information
Mount Union and Rowan exchanged leads six times in the first half of play with the score reading 24- 21 Profs at the break.
Mount Union outscored Rowan 35-0 in the second half as the defense allowed just 96 total yards in the third and fourth quarters. The Raiders totaled 385 yards of offense in the final two periods. Twenty-six records were either tied or broken in the contest, including Bill Borchert's 505 yards passing and seven touchdown passes on 26-of-38 attempts for the day. Kevin Knestrick also set a Stagg Bowl mark with 211 yards receiving.
Tackle B.J. Payne and outside linebacker Brian Wervey led the Raider defense with 12 tackles each.
First round, Nov. 23
at Mount Union 31, Allegheny 26
Illinois Wesleyan 23, at Albion 20
at UW-La Crosse 44, UW-River Falls 0
at St. John's 21, Simpson 18
at Lycoming 31, Ursinus 24
at Albright 31, Washington and Jefferson 17
Rowan 21, at Buffalo State 20
at New Jersey 17, Coast Guard 16
Quarterfinals, Nov. 30
at Mount Union 49, Illinois Wesleyan 14
at UW-La Crosse 37, St. John's 30
at Lycoming 31, Albright 13
Rowan 7, at New Jersey 3
Semifinals, Dec. 7
Mount Union 39, at UW-La Crosse 21
at Rowan 33, Lycoming 14
Stagg Bowl XXIV, Dec. 14
Mount Union 56, Rowan 24, at Salem, Va.