No. 8 ranked University of Mount Union plays No. 2 ranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the national semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4:30 pm (eastern) at Crusader Stadium in Belton, Texas.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9. The ticket windows will be open from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm both of those days. Online ticket sales will be available to previous season ticket holders on Tuesday and will open up to the general public online after 6:00 PM on Wednesday. Mount Union fans can block visitor's side tickets beginning Tuesday by calling the UMHB ticket office at (254) 295-4455. Visitor's side tickets will NOT be available for purchase online to ensure they go to Purple Raider fans. If purchased in advance, reserved seats are $10, general admission tickets are $8 and student tickets are $4. The Crusader Stadium ticket windows will open at 1:30 PM on game day. Game day ticket prices are $12 for reserved seats, $10 for general admission and $4 for students.
How They Got Here
Mount Union (12-1) earned one of the six at-large bids to the NCAA Playoffs and is the only team since the playoffs went to 32 teams in 2005 to win three straight road games to get to a semifinal game.
The Purple Raiders went on the road to beat Hobart (N.Y.), 38-21, in the first round, Johns Hopkins (Md.) 28-21 in the second round and Alfred (N.Y.) 70-45 in the quarterfinals.
Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-0) won its 12th straight American Southwest Conference title and earned the one bid into the tournament reserved for independents or teams from a non-automatic qualifying conference (pool B).
The Crusaders beat Redlands (Calif.) 50-28 in the first round, Linfield (Ore.) 27-10 in the second round and Wheaton (Ill.) 38-16 in the quarterfinals.
This will be the third all-time meeting between the teams after a pair of memorable NCAA semifinal playoff meetings.
In 2004, Mary Hardin-Baylor rallied from a 35-21 deficit in the fourth quarter to win 38-35 in an NCAA semifinal game at Mount Union Stadium.
In 2012, Mount Union scored 34 points in the fourth quarter to rally from being down 28-14 and won 48-35 in an NCAA semifinal game at Mount Union Stadium.
Mount Union has won 12 NCAA Championships since winning its first in 1993. The Raiders have played in the national championship game 19 times since then and sport an all-time record of 94-15 in NCAA play. Mount Union has appeared in the tournament a record 28 times and appeared in the Stagg Bowl every year since 2005.
In just its 19th season of football, Mary Hardin-Baylor is in the tournament for a 15th time with a record of 30-14. The Crusaders have made the national title game once in 2004.
Both teams are the only two Division III programs in the country to win at least one playoff game in each of the last 12 seasons.
Up Next ...
The winner of this game will play the winner of the John Carroll versus Wisconsin-Oshkosh game in the national championship game -- Stagg Bowl -- Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in Salem, Va.
The game will be broadcast live on online on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.
The game will also be broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker. You can also hear the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.