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Posted: Saturday December 10, 2011 8:28PM ; Updated: Saturday December 10, 2011 8:29PM

UW-Whitewater, Mount Union to vie for D-III crown

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WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team won its 44th straight game, earning a spot in the NCAA Division III championship game by defeating St. Thomas (Minn.) 20-0 on Saturday.

Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-0) will meet the University of Mount Union (Ohio) in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl on Friday in Salem, Va.

Mount Union defeated Wesley College (Del.), 28-21, in the other semifinal.

Wisconsin-Whitewater scored on three of its four first-half possessions, racking up a 17-0 lead.

After quarterback Matt Blanchard threw for a touchdown and ran for another, the Warhawks tried to push their lead to 20-0. However, St. Thomas (13-1) blocked Eric Kindler's 41-yard field goal attempt with five seconds remaining before halftime.

The Warhawks opened the second half with a methodical 16-play drive from their 20-yard line, which ended with a 29-yard Kindler field goal. The drive took 7:43 off the clock and gave Wisconsin-Whitewater its 20-0 advantage.

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