SALEM, Va. - Mount Union is back on top of Division III football.
Kevin Burke led two second-half touchdown drives and the Purple Raiders ended a three-year losing streak in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl with a 28-10 victory over St. Thomas of Minnesota on Friday night.
The victory gave Mount Union coach Larry Kehres his 11th national title in 16 appearances in the Stagg Bowl, all in the past 20 years. His record improved to a staggering 332-24-3 in 27 seasons.
Burke threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Chris Denton on fourth down late in the third quarter to give the Purple Raiders (15-0) a 21-10 lead, then directed a 14-play, 87-yard drive for the clinching score with 4:28 to play. The sophomore quarterback completed three third-down passes to keep the drive alive.
The Tommies (14-1), making their first appearance in the championship game, managed only 15 yards of offense in the third quarter against Mount Union's top-rated defense, and couldn't stop the Purple Raiders' top-ranked offense after closing to 14-10 on a field goal in the third quarter.
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