Tommies Fall to Mount Union in NCAA Division III Football Championship

St. Thomas' dreams of a national football championship and a perfect season were dashed Friday night, 49-35, at the hands of Mount Union.

The Tommies (14-1) twice held leads – 14-0 in the first quarter and 21-14 in the third – but couldn't hold off the Purple Raiders, who won their 12th NCAA Division III title and their first since defeating the Tommies three years ago in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

Mount Union rallied from a seven-point deficit to score 21 straight points over a four-minute stretch in the third quarter and a 35-21 lead. St. Thomas narrowed the gap to a touchdown but Mount Union responded with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

St. Thomas halfback Jordan Roberts closed his record-setting season with 135 yards to finish with 2,092 yards – the first 2,000-yard rusher in school history – and tied Sam Benger of Carnegie Mellon atop Division III. Roberts' 34 rushing touchdowns and 218 points rank first.

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