Mount Union Tops Final Coaches Poll
Mount Union (Ohio) finishes their season at No. 1 in the AFCA Division Coaches’ Poll with their win against St. Thomas (Minn.) in the Stagg Bowl. This is the Purple Raiders first National Title with Vince Kehres at the reins and their twelfth National Title overall. The Tommies pulled within a touch down at the end of the third quarter, but two quick scores from Mount Union to start the fourth put the game out of reach. Vince Kehres is only in his third year as a head coach and has guided the Purple Raiders to the Stagg Bowl in all three years, the third time proving to be the charm.
The rest of the Top 5 consists of Linfield (Ore.) at No. 3, who squared off against the Tommies in the Semifinals; Wisconsin-Whitewater, who took on Mount Union in the Semifinals; and Wisconsin-Oshkosh, who lost their rematch with Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Quarterfinals.
2015 American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll – December 21, 2015
|Rank||School (1st votes)||Rec.||Pts||Prev||Post-Season||Head Coach|
|1.||Mount Union (Ohio) (42)||15-0||1050||1||D. No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.), 49-35 in Stagg Bowl||Vince Kehres|
|2.||St. Thomas (Minn.)||14-1||1008||3||Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 49-35 in Stagg Bowl||Glenn Caruso|
|3.||Linfield (Ore.)||12-1||949||2||Lost to No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.), 38-17 in Semifinals||Joseph Smith|
|4.||Wis.-Whitewater||12-2||924||8||Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 36-6 in Semifinals||Kevin Bullis|
|5.||Wis.-Oshkosh||11-2||851||5||Lost to No. 8 Wis.-Whitewater, 31-29 in Quarterfinals||Pat Cerroni|
|6.||Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)||11-2||798||10||Lost to No. 2 Linfield (Ore.), 38-35 in Quarterfinals||Pete Fredenburg|
|7.||Wesley (Del.)||11-2||782||12||Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 56-35 in Quarterfinals||Mike Drass|
|8.||Wabash (Ind.)||12-1||756||7||Lost to No. 3 St. Thomas (MInn.), 38-7 in Quarterfinals||Erik Raeburn|
|9.||Wheaton (Ill.)||11-1||722||4||Lost to No. 8 Wis.-Whitewater, 31-17 in 2nd Round||Mike Swider|
|10.||Johns Hopkins (Md.)||11-1||662||6||Lost to No. 12 Wesley (Del.), 42-37 in 2nd Round||Jim Margraff|
|11.||St. John’s (Minn.)||10-2||625||11||Lost to No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.), 38-19 in 2nd Round||Gary Fasching|
|12.||Thomas More (Ky.)||11-1||614||9||Lost to No. 7 Wabash (Ind.), 33-27 in 2nd Round||Regis Scafe|
|13.||Hardin-Simmons (Texas)||9-2||495||13||Lost to No. 10 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), 37-19 in 1st Round||Jesse Burleson|
|14.||Wartburg (Iowa)||9-1||405||14||DNQ for Playoffs||Rick Willis|
|15.||Wis.-Platteville||8-2||376||16||DNQ for Playoffs||Mike Emendorfer|
|16.||Washington & Lee (Va.)||10-1||332||15||Lost to No. 9 Thomas More (Ky.), 51-21 in 1st Round||Scott Abell|
|17.||Albright (Pa.)||10-2||296||18||Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 66-7 in 2nd Round||John Marzka|
|18.||Cortland State||9-3||227||NR||Lost to No. 2 Linfield (Ore.), 38-22 in 2nd Round||Dan MacNeill|
|19.||St. Norbert (Wis.)||10-1||223||17||Lost to No. 8 Wis.-Whitewater, 48-0 in 1st Round||Dan McCarty|
|20.||Albion (Mich.)||9-2||201||20||Lost to No. 7 Wabash (Ind.), 35-14 in 1st Round||Craig Rundle|
|21.||Whitworth (Wash.)||9-2||185||21||Lost to No. 2 Linfield (Ore.), 48-10 in 1st Round||Rod Sandburg|
|22.||Western New England (Mass.)||10-1||172||19||Lost to No. 6 Johns Hopkins (Md.), 52-20 in 1st Round||Keith Emery|
|23.||John Carroll (Ohio)||8-2||162||22||DNQ for Playoffs||Tom Arth|
|24.||Huntingdon (Ala.)||10-2||157||NR||Lost to No. 10 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), 43-23 in 2nd Round||Mike Turk|
|25.||Ohio Northern||9-3||121||NR||Lost to No. 5 Wis.-Oshkosh, 42-7 in 2nd Round||Dean Paul|
Dropped Out: North Central (Ill.) (23); Guilford (N.C.) (24); Dubuque (Iowa) (25).
Others Receiving Votes: North Central (Ill.), 116; Dubuque (Iowa), 98; Guilford (N.C.), 68; Texas Lutheran, 63; Framingham State (Mass.), 48; Salisbury (Md.), 37; La Verne (Calif.), 22; Washington & Jefferson (Pa.), 18; Amherst (Mass.), 14; Franklin (Ind.), 14; Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), 13; East Texas Baptist, 9; St. John Fisher (N.Y.), 9; Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 8; St. Scholastica (Minn.), 6; Delaware Valley (Pa.), 4; Olivet (Mich.), 4; Hendrix (Ark.), 2; St. Lawrence (N.Y.), 2; Hobart (N.Y.), 1.