ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) — Backup quarterback Matt Piloto passed for 335 yards and four touchdowns to lead Mount Union past Bethel (Minn.) 34-14 on Saturday — and into its 14th Division III championship game.
The Purple Raiders (14-0) will play Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl for the sixth consecutive year, seeking to avenge a 38-28 loss a year ago.
Piloto replaced Neal Seaman after one series. Seaman limped off with a leg injury sustained while making a touchdown-saving tackle at his own 3-yard line after throwing an interception.
Quarterback Josh Aakre’s 1-yard run gave the Royals (12-2) a 7-0 lead.
Piloto threw TD passes of 25, 80, 25 and 7 yards. Tyler Almeida kicked field goals of 24 and 23 yards before the Royals’ Logan Flannery scored on a 4-yard run with 1:37 left.
Mount Union will seek its 11th national championship — first since 2008.
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