ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Jake Simon scored a touchdown from 12 yards out with five seconds left to play as Mount Union rallied past Mary Hardin-Baylor 48-35 on Saturday -- earning an eighth consecutive trip to the Division III championship game.
Mary Hardin-Baylor attempted to tie the game on the final play, but fumbled while trying numerous, desperation lateral attempts. Mount Union's Matt Fechko recovered the fumble and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown to create the final margin.
The Purple Raiders (14-0), who overcame five turnovers, will play St. Thomas (Minn.) in the championship on Friday in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va.
They are seeking an 11th national title, but first since 2008. Mount Union lost to Wisconsin-Whitewater in each of the last three years.
Mary Hardin-Baylor falls to 13-1.