Division III Football Championship: The most interesting numbers from the Stagg Bowl
The 2017 Stagg Bowl ended as so many others have before. Mount Union walked out of Salem Stadium as DIII football national champions for the 13th time in its storied history.
It wasn't the typical Mount Union win. The 45th Stagg Bowl pitted two solid defenses in Mount Union and Mary Hardin-Baylor against each other. Instead of numbers typical of Mount Union's No. 1 ranked offense, the Purple Raiders grinded out a hard-fought 12-0 victory.
Take a look at some other numbers that stood out from the 2017 Stagg Bowl.
1998 — The last time that Mary Hardin-Baylor was shutout.
1982 — The last time there was a shutout in the Stagg Bowl. West Georgia defeated Augustana (NY) 14-0 in Phenix City, Ala. Dayton and Wittenberg were the only other two teams to shut an opponent out in the Stagg Bowl until Mount Union's win on Friday.
144 — Total yards gained by Mary Hardin-Baylor, which was not its lowest output of the postseason. The Crusaders tallied just 143 yards in the quarterfinals, yet still rose victorious 24-10.
74 -- Yards rushing this vaunted UMHB defense held Jawanza Evans-Morris and Josh Petruccelli to on Saturday. The two comibined fo 2,078 yards rushing during the season.
50 — Touchdowns D'Angelo Fulford threw for in 2017 after he connected with Justin Hill for his 20th touchdown reception of the season. It was the game's lone touchdown.
MOUNT EXTENDS THE LEAD! D'Angelo Fulford to Justin Hill, who makes an incredible touchdown catch! 10-0 Mount with 11:17 left to play. Fulford's 50th touchdown pass and Hill's 20th TD catch #gomountgo #d3fb pic.twitter.com/Yuwioq8txS— MountUnionRaiders (@purpleraiders) December 16, 2017
31.3 — Average points scored by Mount Union in its previous trips to the Stagg Bowl. The 12 points scored against Mary Hardin-Baylor were not its lowest output though. The Purple Raiders scored six in 2003 and 10 points in both 2000 and 2011.
29 — Consecutive games the Crusaders had won before Friday's loss, dating back to the start of 2016. There's no reason to think they don't start a new streak on opening day in 2018.
25 — Years that the Stagg Bowl was played in Salem, Va. Mount Union won the very first Stagg Bowl from Salem Stadium in 1993, and it also won the last as the championship moves to Texas next season.
20 — Times Mount Union appeared in the Stagg Bowl over those 25 years in Salem. The Purple Raiders finish the Salem Era 13-7.
15.5 — Average points scored by Mary Hardin-Baylor in its previous two trips to Salem.
12 — The lowest combined points scored in a Stagg Bowl history.
8 — Sacks allowed by UMHB, the most it gave up all season. One sack went for a safety in the fourth quarter, which essentially iced the game for Mount Union and earned Nick Brish Most Outstanding Player honors.
4 — Points per game the No. 1-ranked Crusader defense was allowing in the postseason. They gave up just seven per game all season.