NCAA Division III championship

 

St. Thomas (14-0) vs. Mount Union (14-0) 6 p.m. Friday (ESPNU, 104.1-FM)

St. Thomas update

Overview: The Tommies have outscored their four postseason opponents 171-57, using their strong offensive line — which averages 306 pounds a player — to control the line of scrimmage. UST has an average time-of-possession edge of 38:40 to 21:20 against its past three opponents. … UST has 32 takeaways and 22 turnovers. … Its only other title game appearance was in 2012, when it lost to Mount Union 28-10.

 

Players to watch: RB Jordan Roberts (1,957 rushing yards, 34 total TDs), QB John Gould (2,851 passing yards, 25 TDs, 11 INTs), TE Charlie Dowdle (19 TDs in past 20 games), LB Jesse Addo (9½ sacks), LB Steve Harrell (eight sacks).

Mount Union update

Overview: The Purple Raiders have outscored their four postseason opponents 213-71. … They have a record 11 Division III national titles and are playing in the national championship game for the 11th straight season (they have lost five of the past six Stagg Bowls). … Mount Union’s defense is ranked No. 1 nationally. … The Purple Raiders have only seven turnovers all season (two fumbles, five interceptions).

 

Players to watch: QB Taurice Scott (3,139 passing yards, 41 TDs, five INTs), RB Logan Nemeth (1,737 rushing yards), DL Tom Lally (18 sacks this season, 40 for his career — both school records).

DENNIS BRACKIN