1998 playoffs

Stagg Bowl XXVI
Mount Union 44, Rowan 24
Dec. 12, 1998, in Salem, Va.

Mount Union claimed its fourth national title in six years ('93, '96, '97, '98) and third in a row, with a 44-24 come-from-behind win against Rowan. The Purple Raiders (14-0), who trailed 24-16 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter, outscored the Profs 28-0 in the final 18 minutes of play to win the '98 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

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Rowan (10-3) had taken a 21-16 lead on a 10-yard TD pass from Gus Ornstein to Taman Bryant and went up 24-16 on a 44-yard field goal. The Purple Raiders tied the game with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Gary Smeck to Dave Hassey with 2:32 remaining in the third quarter. Less than a minute later, Chuck Moore scored on a 9-yard run which had been set up by a Jason Hall sack and Jeremy Yoder fumble recovery.

"The two fumbles were big points in the game," said Rowan coach K.C. Keeler. "We missed an assignment on one and let them get up the middle. You can't do that against a ... team like Mount Union."

A pair of fourth-quarter Ryan Gorius touchdowns put the game away and extended college football's longest current winning streak to 42 games. Mount Union is five wins shy of tying Oklahoma's all-time collegiate mark for consecutive wins (47).

"In a way, this might be the most satisfying title we've won because of the way we got here," noted Mount Union coach Larry Kehres. "We played in numerous close games and had to come from behind several times to get the job done. As a coach, I couldn't be prouder of this team's work ethic and determination in achieving this goal."

Game Statistics

Team 1 2 3 4 T
Mount Union 7 9 15 13 44
Rowan 14 0 10 0 24

First quarter
Rowan:
Justin Wright 1 run (Mark Migliori kick) 8 plays, 53 yards, 3:25.
Mount Union: Darin Kershner 47 pass from Gary Smeck (Rodney Chenos kick) 1-47 0:09
Rowan: David Sadowski 1 run (Migliori kick) 8-95 3:41
Second quarter
Mount Union:
Chenos 27 field goal 7-58 2:04
Mount Union: Chuck Moore 2 run (kick blocked) 4-20 0:54
Third quarter
Rowan: Taman Bryant 10 pass from Gus Ornstein (Migloiri kick) 8-80-3:16 
Rowan: Migliori 44 field goal 8-31 2:49 
Mount Union: Dave Hassey 3 pass from Smeck (Kershner pass from Smeck) 6-62 2:32
Mount Union: Moore 9 run (Chenos kick) 1-9 0:04
Fourth quarter
Mount Union:
 Gorius 1 run (Chenos kick) 11-52 4:29
Mount Union: Goris 14 pass from Smeck (Chenos kick failed) 9-43 4:22 

Stats Mount Union Rowan
First downs 20 19
Rushes-yards 39-112 40-131
Passing yards 307 200
Att-comp-int 34-19-1 40-17-0
Total plays-yards 73-419 80-331
Fumble returns-yards 1-1 0-0
Punt returns-yards 5-49 3-12
Kickoff returns-yards 3-57 7-130
Int. returns-yards 0-0 1-0
Punts-average 6-27.0 6-34.2
Fumbles-lost 2-0 3-2
Penalties-yards 5-41 5-42
Possession time 28:35 31:25
Sacks by-yards 7-64 2-13
RUSHING: Mount Union-Dave HASSEY 10-59; Ryan GORIUS 12-33; Chuck
MOORE 8-28; Gary SMECK 9-minus 8. Rowan-Justin WRIGHT 30-181; David SADOWSKI
2-13; Gus ORNSTEIN 8-minus 63.

PASSING: Mount Union-Gary SMECK 19-34-1-307. Rowan-Gus ORNSTEIN
17-40-0-200.

RECEIVING: Mount Union-Adam MARINO 7-131; Darin KERSHNER 5-89; Dave
HASSEY 2-33; Ryan GORIUS 2-24; Chuck MOORE 2-23; Adam IRGANA 1-7.
Rowan-David TRINIDAD 6-78; Taman BRYANT 3-26; Justin WRIGHT 3-23; Bobby
WOOLFORK 2-45; David SADOWSKI 2-19; Jason DORSEY 1-9.

INTERCEPTIONS: Mount Union-None. Rowan-Mark HENDRICKS 1-0.

Attendance: 5145
Kickoff time: 2:10 pm End of Game: 5:45 pm Total elapsed time: 3:35
Officials: Referee: Bob Zahradka; Umpire: Phil Dalen; Linesman: Jeff Linehan;
Line judge: John Page; Back judge: James Johnson; Field judge: Chris Riba;
Temperature: 45 degrees Wind: brisk Weather: Rainy and cold

SACKS (UA-A): Mount Union-Jason HALL 3-0; B.J. PAYNE 2-0; Brett
McLEAN 0-1; Rich GOEBELT 0-1; Jeremy YODER 0-1; Matt SHENIGO 0-1.
Rowan-Randy MAROTTO 1-0; Leroy THOMPSON 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Mount Union-Jason HALL 4-8; B.J. PAYNE 6-5; Rich
GOEBELT 5-4; Justin SLOAN 5-3; Matt SHENIGO 1-6; Kris BUGARA 1-5; Matt DOMIN
3-2; Jason KNAPP 1-4; Nate CROSBY 2-1; Jeremy YODER 0-3; Andy CONROY 0-3;
Nick CAMPBELL 2-0; Dan WONDOLOWSKI 0-2; Derrick JONES 0-2; Brett McLEAN 0-2;
Dave HODGSON 0-2; T.J. MANCUSO 0-2; Brandon BAKOS 0-1; Jesse PEARSON 0-1;
Marcus COLDSNOW 0-1; BrooksGREENLEAF 0-1. Rowan-John GAVLICK 7-3; Earl
WHILBY 7-3; Damon TROY 4-1; Thamon WRIGHT 3-1; Randy MAROTTO 2-2; Leroy
THOMPSON 3-0; Curtin COLLINS 3-0; Thomas HOWARD 2-1; Cornelius WHITE 2-1;
Mark HENDRICKS 1-2; Steffon DAVIS 1-1; Evens PIERRE 0-2; Luke CARPENTER 1-0;
Clinton TABB 1-0; Greg GUDIS 0-1; J. RICHARDSON 0-1; Ron GIBSON 0-1.

Playoff results
First round, Nov. 21

at Mount Union 21, Albion 19
at Wittenberg 13, Millikin 10
at Lycoming 49, Catholic 14
at Trinity (Texas) 30, Western Maryland 20
UW-Eau Claire 28, at Central 21
at St. John's 33, Pacific Lutheran 20
Buffalo State 38, at Springfield 35
Rowan 26, at New Jersey 2

Quarterfinals, Nov. 28
at Mount Union 21, Wittenberg 19
Trinity (Texas) 37, at Lycoming 21
UW-Eau Claire 10, at St. John's 7
at Rowan 19, Buffalo State 17

Semifinals, Dec. 5
at Mount Union 34, Trinity (Texas) 29
at Rowan 22, UW-Eau Claire 19

Stagg Bowl XXVI, Dec. 12
Mount Union 44, Rowan 24, at Salem, Va.

Western Maryland is now known as McDaniel.

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