He ran for 273 yards and three touchdowns

By Chris Kahn Associated Press Published:

He ran for 273 yards and three touchdowns in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl Saturday night, leading Mount Union to a 30-27 victory over Bridgewater for its sixth national championship.

In four playoff games, Moore compiled a season's worth of statistics, setting records for the most yards (998), points (72), TDs (12) and rushing attempts (138). His 95-yard TD run in the third quarter against the Eagles set a record for the longest rushing play in tournament history.

This is as good as it gets in Division III, where excellence rarely leads to professional football.

"I guess it's time to join the working world," Moore said after the game.

In January, the business administration major will start a job as a stock broker. The 6-foot, 200-pounder from Mogadore will leave football with career numbers that any running back would envy.

Moore finished the season with 2,349 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns, winning the 2001 Gagliardi Award as the best player in Division III. He ends his college career with a team record 4,940 yards on the ground.

"I'm not sure I'll ever have the chance to coach another player as fine as Chuck," said Purple Raiders coach Larry Kehres. "He carried us through the playoffs."

After opening a 23-13 lead in the first half, Mount Union (14-0) was able to control the clock by handing Moore the ball 19 times in the final 30 minutes.

"We planned it that way," Kehres said.

Bridgewater (12-1), making its first trip to the title game, had no answer for Moore. The tough, speedy back rarely had problems running over defenders in his path.

"Mount Union is not a real complicated team," Eagles coach Mike Clark said. "They beat you with good people."

From the Purple Raiders' 5-yard line in the third quarter, Moore burst to the left and sprinted down the sideline for his third touchdown. He ended the game with all but one of Mount Union's rushing yards.

"They didn't touch me," Moore said of his 95-yard TD run. "It's easy when all you have to do is run."

The Eagles scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull within three points with 1:55 remaining, but Mount Union ran Moore three straight times for 25 yards to take the final seconds off the clock.

"To beat a great team like that, we had to play to perfection and we weren't quite there," Clark said. "Our kids were up to the challenge. We weren't intimidated by a tradition. It was a great one, but we were capable of competing with them and I wasn't surprised by that."

The win gives the Purple Raiders their sixth title in eight years and their 82nd win in 83 games.

Minutes after the game, Moore sat looking at his final stat sheet.

"It's a weird feeling," he said. "It has to end sometime, and there's no better way to do it than this.

"Monday morning, a lot's going to hit me."

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