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UMHB Finishes 2nd In D3Football.com Poll, 3rd In AFCA Poll

Belton (December 17, 2012) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team finished second in the country in the final D3football.com Top 25 Poll of the 2012 season. The Cru totaled 587 points and edged out national runner-up St. Thomas (MN) by two points to match the highest final national ranking in school history. UMHB also finished the 2004 season ranked second in the country by D3football.com after falling to Linfield College in the Stagg Bowl that year. National champion Mount Union was a unanimous selection at #1, taking all 25 first-place votes and 625 total points in the poll. St. Thomas (585 points), Wisconsin-Oshkosh (547 points) and Linfield College (517 points) rounded out the top five in the D3football.com Poll.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team finished the 2012 season ranked third in the country in the final American Football Coaches Association’s Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll of the Year. The Cru totaled 974 points in the poll and dropped one spot from its final regular season ranking of #2. National champion Mount Union claimed all 42 first-place votes and 1,050 points as the consensus #1 pick. National runner-up St. Thomas (MN) took second and edged out UMHB with 997 total points. Wisconsin-Oshkosh finished fourth and Linfield College was fifth to round out the top five. The #3 final ranking matches the second-highest final ranking in an AFCA Top 25 Poll for the Cru. UMHB was ranked 2nd in the nation in the final 2004 AFCA Coaches Top 25 Poll.

UMHB was the only American Southwest Conference team ranked in the final AFCA Top 25 Poll of the 2012 season, but Louisiana College did finish with the 26th highest vote total. The Cru posted two victories over 6th-ranked Wesley College and Franklin College finished 18th in the AFCA Top 25 after losing to UMHB in the Second Round of the NCAA Division III National Championships.

UMHB posted five wins over teams ranked the final poll this season. Wesley College finished 6th in the nation with a 10-2 record and both of those losses coming against the Cru. Franklin College was ranked 20th with a 9-3 record, including a 63-17 loss to UMHB in the second round of the playoffs, and Louisiana College was ranked 23rd with a 9-3 mark that included two losses to the Cru.

UMHB went 13-1 overall this season and won its tenth American Southwest Conference Championship with a 7-0 league mark. The Cru tied the school and ASC record with 13 overall wins and set a new program record with 13 consecutive victories. UMHB advanced to the Semifinals of the NCAA Division III National Championship before falling to Mount Union 48-35.

The D3football.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members, and is published weekly during the regular season.

Final D3football.com Top 25

1 Mount Union (25) 15-0 625 1
2 Mary Hardin-Baylor 13-1 587 2
3 St. Thomas 14-1 585 4
4 UW-Oshkosh 13-1 547 5
5 Linfield 11-1 517 3
6 Wesley 10-2 512 6
7 North Central (Ill.) 9-3 437 14
8 Elmhurst 10-2 412 17
9 Hobart 12-1 391 7
10 Widener 11-1 384 9
11 Salisbury 9-3 322 11
12 Bethel 9-3 280 21
13 UW-Platteville 8-2 259 13
14 Wittenberg 10-2 256 24
15 Coe 10-1 236 10
16 Cal Lutheran 8-2 223 8
17 Pacific Lutheran 7-3 220 20
18 Concordia-Moorhead 8-2 217 22
19 Heidelberg 9-2 188 12
20 Franklin 9-3 184 16
21 Wheaton (Ill.) 8-2 155 15
22 Johns Hopkins 10-2 132 19
23 Louisiana College 8-3 117 23
24 Cortland State 9-2 110 18
25 Rowan 7-3 65 25

Final AFCA Top 25 Poll

1.
Mount Union (42)
15-0
1050
1
D. No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.), 28-10, in Stagg Bowl

2.
St. Thomas (Minn.)
14-1
997
3
Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 28-10, in Stagg Bowl

3.
Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)
13-1
974
2
Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 48-35, in semifinals

4.
Wis.-Oshkosh
13-1
914
6
Lost to No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.), 28-14, in semifinals

5.
Linfield (Ore.)
11-1
876
4
Lost to No. 6 Wis.-Oshkosh, 31-24, in quarterfinals

6.
Wesley (Del.)
10-2
855
5
Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), 32-20, in quarterfinals

7.
Hobart (N.Y.)
12-1
765
7
Lost to No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.), 47-7, in quarterfinals

8.
Widener (Pa.)
11-1
647
9
Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 72-17, in quarterfinals

9.
Elmhurst (Ill.)
10-2
609
21
Lost to No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.), 24-17, in second round

10.
North Central (Ill.)
9-3
566
18
Lost to No. 4 Linfield (Ore.), 30-14, in second round

11.
Wittenberg (Ohio)
10-2
551
13
Lost to No. 7 Hobart (N.Y.), 35-10, in second round

12.
Johns Hopkins (Md.)
10-2
474
15
Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 55-13, in second round

13.
California Lutheran
8-2
459
8
Lost to No. 18 North Central (Ill.), 41-21, in first round

14.
Salisbury (Md.)
9-3
444
14
Lost to No. 9 Widener (Pa.), 28-7, in second round

15.
Coe (Iowa)
10-1
421
10
Lost to No. 21 Elmhurst (Ill.), 27-24, in first round

16.
Wis.-Platteville
8-2
381
12
DNQ Playoffs

17.
Bethel (Minn.)
9-3
376
23
Lost to No. 6 Wis.-Oshkosh, 37-14, in second round

18.
Franklin (Ind.)
9-3
355
20
Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), 63-17, in second round

19.
Heidelberg (Ohio)
9-2
351
11
Lost to No. 13 Wittenberg (Ohio), 52-38, in first round

20.
Cortland St. (N.Y.)
9-2
327
17
Lost to No. 5 Wesley (Del.), 56-6, in second round

21.
Concordia (Ill.)
10-1
243
16
Lost to No. 23 Bethel (Minn.), 24-23, in first round

22.
Wheaton (Ill.)
8-2
239
19
DNQ Playoffs

23.
Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.)
8-2
163
22
DNQ Playoffs

24.
Waynesburg (Pa.)
10-1
109
24
D. Carnegie-Mellon (Pa.), 28-14, in ECAC Southwest Bowl

25. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)
7-3
108
NR
Lost to No. 4 Linfield (Ore.), 27-24, in first round


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