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Mount Union edges Capital to advance to D-III semis

12/6/2005 - College Football

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mike Jorris passed for 315 yards and three
touchdowns, including a 2-yard score to Anthony Antonucci with 3:41
to play, to lift Mount Union over Capital 34-31 in an NCAA Division
III quarterfinal playoff game Saturday.
The Purple Raiders (12-1) will host Rowan (11-1) next Saturday
in the semifinals. Rowan defeated Delaware Valley 27-21 on
Saturday.
Jorris completed 23-of-32 passes, including touchdowns of 3 and
88 yards to Pierre Garcon, while freshman Nate Kmic rushed for 177
yards on 38 carries for Mount Union, which is seeking its eighth
national championship and first since 2002.
In three playoff games, Kmic has run for 695 yards and eight
touchdowns.
It was Purple Raiders' 19th consecutive win over the Crusaders
(10-3) since 1987, but the second time they needed a fourth-quarter
rally to defeat Capital this year. In an Ohio Athletic Conference
game Oct. 1, Mount Union scored 21 points in a 2:13 span to win
42-24.
Lewis Howes caught 12 passes for a school-record 245 yards and
three touchdowns for Capital. His 22-yard reception from Rocky
Pentello with 7:05 left gave the Crusaders a 31-27 lead.
Robert McDavid returned the kickoff 45 yards for Mount Union and
Jorris directed the Purple Raiders the final 46 yards in eight
plays to win it.
Pentello went 18-for-28 for 312 yards and four touchdowns. He
connected with Kive Kraft for an 11-yard score in the first quarter
and with Howes for scoring strikes of 70, 21 and 22 yards.
With the scored tied 24-all, the Purple Raiders took advantage
of two Capital mistakes late in the third quarter.
Pentello fumbled when sacked by Justen Stickley. Greg Brauer
recovered for the Purple Raiders at their own 44. The Crusaders
then were called for running into punter Andrew Gerber, giving
Mount Union a key first down.
That led to Mike Zimmerman's 24-yard field goal 45 seconds into
the fourth quarter that put Mount Union in front 27-24.
Kmic rushed seven times for 65 yards on Mount Union's first
drive. His 38-yard run set up a 26-yard field goal by Zimmerman.
Five plays after Kyle Hausler recovered a fumble by Kmic at the
Mount Union 28, Pentello found Kraft all alone in the end zone with
an 11-yard pass for a 7-3 lead.
It was the first time Mount Union trailed in 22 quarters since a
21-14 loss to Ohio Northern on Oct. 22 that snapped the Purple
Raiders' 110-game regular season winning streak.