Rowan 33, Lycoming 14
GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) _ Greg Lister threw two touchdown passes and Aaron Bosco led a rejuvenated rushing attack with two touchdown runs as Rowan beat Lycoming 33-14 in an NCAA Division III semifinal game Saturday.
The Profs (10-2) advanced to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, which decides the Division III champion, for the second straight season and the third time in four years. Rowan will meet Mount Union, which defeated the Profs in the 1993 Stagg Bowl. Mount Union defeated Wisconsin-La Crosse 39-21 on Saturday.
After rushing for 127 yards in its first two playoff victories, Rowan ran for 158 yards and three touchdowns on a muddy field caused by a steady downpour. Lycoming (11-1) had allowed just 130 rushing yards in its two playoff wins.
Bosco, who had a game-high 63 yards, gave Rowan a 7-0 lead with a 39-yard run with 23 seconds left in the first quarter. Lister made it 14-0 when he found Jason Dorsey over the middle for a 20-yard TD pass early in the second quarter.
Lycoming appeared ready to rally when Jamie Allen’s 10-yard touchdown run capped a 75-yard drive with 2:59 left in the half. But Rowan, playing its first home playoff game this year, came back with a 75-yard scoring drive in the half’s final 49 seconds. The drive was capped by Lister’s 19-yard pass over the middle to Eugene Foster as time ran out.
The Profs upped the score to 26-7 on Jyi Peterson’s 1-yard run late in the third quarter, sealing Rowan’s seventh straight win.
After passing for 2,699 yards this year, Lycoming quarterback Keith Cadden completed 21 of 45 passes for 196 yards. The Warriors gained just 71 rushing yards.
Rowan lost to Wisconsin-LaCrosse 36-7 in last year’s Stagg Bowl and fell to Mount Union 34-24 in the 1993 Bowl. The Profs are trying to become the college’s second national champion in 1996. Rowan’s men’s basketball team won the Division III title last March.