ALLIANCE, Ohio – Wisconsin-Whitewater's reign is over.
Host Mount Union rolled past Whitewater 36-6 in an NCAA Division III football semifinal.
The Purple Raiders will meet St. Thomas (Minn.) in a battle of 14-0 teams for what would be Mount Union's 12th national title in Friday's Stagg Bowl.
"[Whitewater] beat us the last couple years and it feels good to beat them, but we didn't come here to beat Whitewater, we came here to win 15 games,'' said Mount Union tailback Logan Nemeth, who ran for two touchdowns in the second half and finished with 214 yards on 32 carries. "We've got to win one more.''
The top-ranked Purple Raiders spotted the Warhawks (12-2) a 6-0 first-quarter lead on a pair of Lake Bachar field goals, but dominated the rest of the way — especially on the ground.
"I think it was a lot of guys who got tired of hearing about how we got dominated in the trenches [in 2013 and 2014],'' Mount Union coach Vince Kehres said of his offensive line's success.
They became the first team since 2012 to hold Whitewater without a touchdown.
"We always know it's going to be an amazing battle between these two teams," first-year Warhawks coach Kevin Bullis said. "I'm disappointed that we didn't make it a closer battle."
Mount Union held Whitewater scoreless after Bachar's career-best 46- and 45-yard field goals, scoring the game's final 36 points.
Whitewater has been Mount Union's biggest hurdle in recent years. The win stopped a five-game losing streak vs. the Warhawks dating back to the 2008 Stagg Bowl. Whitewater beat the Purple Raiders in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 championship games.