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Mount Union books return trip to Salem

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Jake Simon rolls into the end zone untouched with five seconds to go to lift Mount Union to its 16th Stagg Bowl.
Photo by Dan Poel, d3photography.com 

It took all 60 minutes, but No. 1 Mount Union earned its eighth consecutive trip to the Stagg Bowl on Jake Simon's 12-yard touchdown run with five seconds left, breaking a 35-all deadlock with No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor in an epic clash that had been anticipated for much of the season. Matt Fechko returned a mishandled UMHB lateral for the final 48-35 margin.

The Purple Raiders overcame five turnovers with a 34-point fourth quarter, and an 11-catch, 200-yard game from wide receiver Jasper Collins. The Crusaders scored three consecutive touchdowns in an eight-minute span of the second and third quarters, going ahead 28-14 on Brodrick Crain's 42-yard interception return for a touchdown. Box score

Sophomore Purple Raiders quarterback Kevin Burke came back with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Julius Moore to cap a 15-play drive, and then Nyejel Thomas recovered a punt blocked by Hank Spencer for the touchdown that tied the game at 28. Crain forced a Blair Skilliter fumble, and LiDarral Bailey connected with Caleb Moore on a 35-yard pass, then ran it in three yards for a 35-28 lead with 7:30 left.

Burke threw toward Collins four times on another 15-play drive, including an 18-yard pickup on third-and-6. Skilliter tied the game with a 2-yard run with 3:42 left. UMHB went three and out, and Simon ran for 11 yards on third-and-2, and Burke followed with a 25-yard completion to Collins and a 15-yard run to set up the touchdown with five seconds left.

It'll be another all-purple final, as Mount Union (14-0) faces St. Thomas (14-1), which advanced with a 28-14 home win over UW-Oshkosh. Both the Titans and UMHB finish their seasons 13-1.

Linebacker Javicz Jones finished with 10 tackles, an interception and a sack for UMHB, and fellow linebacker Mike Maldonado added 11 tackles. Defensive back Cody Jones had 10.

Mount Union outgained UMHB 457-275, with a 189-162 edge in rushing with nearly the same number of carries. Burke was 20 of 33 for 268 yards and three touchdowns, but had two interceptions and was sacked four times.

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
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Wesley at Brockport
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Case Western Reserve at Mount Union
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12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Washington and Jefferson
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12:00 PM
Husson at Delaware Valley
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1:00 PM
Berry at St. Thomas
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North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
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Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Trine at Wartburg
Nov. 17: All times Eastern
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Merchant Marine 35, at Buffalo State 20
@ Newark, Del.
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Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Muhlenberg 32, at Carnegie Mellon 6
@ Newark, Del.
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at Franklin and Marshall 21, Widener 7
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Susquehanna 28, at Albright 9
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Framingham State 48, Curry 14
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Cortland 35, at Union 28
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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at Ithaca 27, Salisbury 17
@ Newark, Del.
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at WPI 17, SUNY-Maritime 3
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Nov. 19: All times Eastern
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at Alfred 29, Stevenson 16
@ University of Delaware
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