Mount Union

December 20, 2009 by  

Mount Union:SALEM, Va. — Levell Coppage had three touchdowns and Wisconsin-Whitewater scored 10 points in the final 1 minute, 17 seconds to beat defending champion Mount Union 38-28 in the NCAA Division III championship game on Saturday.

The Purple Raiders (14-1) had their winning streak snapped at 29 games.

Jeff Donovan threw two touchdown passes for the Warhawks (15-0), who won their second national championship in the past three years. This is the fifth straight year that the two teams have met in the national championship game.

Mount Union had won three of those four previous matchups, including last year’s game, which was played under sunny skies and with temperatures in the 60s.

Saturday’s game had its starting time moved back five hours due to a winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on Salem in less than 24 hours.

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