Justin Hill and D’Angelo Fulford have given a hostile start to Mount Union all season, so when the Purple Raiders were secured a cautious battle against Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Division III national title, it was nothing unexpected the match did it once more.
Fulford hit Hill for a 42-yard touchdown pass right on time in the final quarter Friday night, pushing Mount Union’s prompt 10-0, and the Purple Raiders won their thirteenth football national title with a 12-0 triumph over the guarding champions Friday night.
“We simply needed to make a play,” said Hill, who, as Fulford, is just a sophomore. “D-12 tossed the bunch together and I needed to make a play. I’m an effect player so I needed to make a play when we required it.”
The touchdown pass, which scarcely cleared the hands of protective backs Reginald Cole and Jefferson Fritz, was the 50th scoring toss for Fulford this season, and the twentieth that went to Hill. It accompanied 11:17 remaining, and gave the Mount Union resistance a conviction that all is good.
“We felt that we could hold them under 10 focuses in any event throughout the previous 10 minutes of the amusement,” cornerback Louis Berry said.
The Purple Raiders (15-0), who lost to Mary Hardin-Baylor in the elimination rounds last season, held the Crusaders to 144 yards.
“All that we did they were prepared for it,” running back Markeith Miller said. “They had an incredible course of action.”
Mount Union additionally completed with eight sacks for 48 yards, including a wellbeing by Nick Brish, and two capture attempts.
The Crusaders (14-1) had not trailed all season and had their 29-diversion winning streak snapped. They additionally were closed out for simply the second time in the 20-year history of their program. The main other was a 28-0 misfortune to Mississippi College on Oct. 17, 1998, the principal season Mary Hardin-Baylor handled a group.
Mentor Pete Fredenburg was left to mourn missed open doors. The Crusaders ran a punt back for a touchdown in the main half, however it was invalidated by a running into the kicker banner, and after that attempted a phony punt that missed the mark, prompting Mount Union’s first-half field objective.
“There were a huge number of things that we could have improved the situation to keep them off the scoreboard,” he said.
The Purple Raiders took a 3-0 lead on Alex Louthan’s 31-yard field objective 1:15 preceding halftime. The drive was set up by Gabe Brown’s capture of Carl Robinson III at the Crusaders 47 yard-line. Dark colored’s interference came one play after Mount Union’s Fulford was captured by Jefferson Fritz close to the objective line. It was only the fourth time all season that Fulford had been blocked.
Fritz picked off Fulford again in the second from last quarter, giving the Crusaders the ball at their own 31, yet four plays later, Berry made a jumping block attempt to get this show on the road the ball back for Mount Union. They headed to the Crusaders 25, yet Jawanza Evans-Morris was ceased for no pick up on a fourth-and-1.
The shutout was the first in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl since West Georgia beat Augustana 14-0 out of 1982.