Mary Hardin-Baylor upsets Mount Union
In Alliance, Ohio, freshman Josh Welch threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Walter Sharpon fourth down with 49 seconds to play, lifting Mary Hardin-Baylor to a 38-35 victory over Mount Union in the NCAA Division III semifinals.
Mary Hardin-Baylor outscored Mount Union 17-0 in the fourth quarter to hand the Purple Raiders (12-1) just their third loss in 123 games.
The Crusaders (13-1) will play for their first championship in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl on Dec. 18 in Salem, Va., against the winner of the semifinal between Linfield and Rowan.
Mount Union has won six of the past eight Division III titles. Its previous two losses were in the 1999 semifinals to Rowan - a 24-17 setback after 54 straight wins - and to St. John's (Minn.) in last year's title game.
That 24-6 loss snapped the longest winning streak in NCAA history at 55 games. Oklahoma set the major-college record for consecutive victories, winning 47 straight from 1953-57.
Welch completed three key passes on the winning 68-yard drive, including the touchdown that came after he was sacked for a 4-yard loss on third down. After a timeout, Welch threw into a crowd of players in the end zone. Sharp leaped, fought off two defenders and came down with the ball to help the Crusaders become the first team from the American Southwest Conference to advance to the title game.
Mount Union scored 14 points in 70 seconds late in the third quarter to take a 35-21 lead. Wade Kirkreturned a blocked punt 11 yards for a touchdown 1:10 after quarterback Zac Bruneybroke a 21-21 tie with a 10-yard scoring run.
Mount Union took a 21-14 lead 4:10 into the second half when Bruney hit Jason Cavell with a 25-yard TD pass. The Crusaders promptly drove 71 yards to tie it as Chad Starnes ran the final 2 yards on fourth down to score.
Mount Union went right back the other way, going 62 yards in four plays. Rick Cicconebroke up the middle for 37 yards to the Crusaders' 10 and Bruney ran into the end zone on the next play for a 28-21 lead.
The Purple Raiders had scored on their first pass, a 51-yard strike from Bruney to Drew Hanley2:11 into the game. Welch ran 13 yards around left end to tie it eight minutes later, 7-7.
The Crusaders drove to the Purple Raiders' 8 in the second quarter before Ross Watson intercepted Welch's pass at the goal line to keep it tied.
• Madre Hill,former Southeastern Conference rushing leader for Arkansas and member of the 2002 AFC Champion Oakland Raiders has been named the running backs coach for South Carolina.
"We're real excited about having Madre Hill join the South Carolina coaching staff," Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurriersaid.
Hill, 29, scored a school-record six touchdowns in a game against South Carolina in 1995.
"This is a great opportunity, and I am fully committed to helping South Carolina become a championship team," Hill said.
Russian stars top World in exhibition
In Moscow, Nikolai Zherdevand Alexander Perezhoginscored 18 seconds apart, leading the Russian Stars past the NHL World Stars 5-4 in an exhibition game during the lockout.
Alexander Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchukand Alex Kovalevalso scored for Russia, which surged to a 5-1 lead.
Ray Whitneyscored twice for the touring NHL team.
The game was the second of the World Stars' 10-game, seven-country tour. The World Stars beat Riga 2000, 4-2 in the opener in Latvia on Thursday.
Travelator gallops to win at Garland
In New York, Travelatorwon the $80,925 Garland of Roses Handicap by a head at Aqueduct.
Sensibly Chic was second in the field of seven.
The win was the third in nine starts this year for the 4-year-old daughter of A P Jet,who carried 116 pounds and jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr.six furlongs in 1:10 over the muddy track.
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