UW-Whitewater survived a defensive slugfest with a familiar nemesis Friday night and emerged with its third consecutive NCAA Division III football championship.The Packers put together nineteen consecutive(*) wins in 364 days, before having a learning experience in Kansas City. But nothing in Packer history, either in the regular season or those epic playoff battles with the Giants at the beginning of the Lombardi Era, or the Cowboys at the end, approaches Whitewater's history in Division III.
A key turnover led to the Warhawks' only touchdown, and they fended off Mount Union, 13-10, in their seventh consecutive meeting in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.
Whitewater sported a 44-game winning streak and had not lost since Mount Union won the 2008 championship. The Purple Raiders, meanwhile, were aiming for their 11th Division III title overall.Positional arms race puzzle: do some Upwardly Mobile athletics programs go to Division II or aim higher for the supposed money, or to get away from Whitewater and Mount Union?
(*)Practice games don't count toward pro football winning streaks.