Ithaca beats Dayton, 34-20, for III crownFullback Jeff...

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December 15, 1991

Ithaca beats Dayton, 34-20, for III crown

Fullback Jeff Wittman and flanker Nick Ismailoff combined for five touchdowns yesterday, leading Ithaca to a 34-20 victory over Dayton in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Bradenton, Fla. The win gave Ithaca (12-1) its third NCAA Division III football title in 12 years.

Dayton, which was making its seventh championship game appearance since 1974, fell to 13-1.

Wittman finished with 181 yards on 30 carries, and Ismailoff had 193 yards on 10 catches. Wilkowski was 15-for-25 for 262 yards. Dayton's Steve Keller was nine of 16 for 71 yards and tailback Keith Miller rushed for 58 yards on 11 attempts.

* Brian Hutchins ran for one touchdown and threw to Ronnie West for another score, leading Pittsburg State to a 23-6 victory over Jacksonville State in the NCAA Division II championship game in Florence, Ala. The Gorillas (13-1-1) had won two NAIA titles, but this was their first championship since switching to the NCAA three years ago.

Jacksonville State (12-1) lost in the final for the second time in three years and fell to 0-3 in championship games.

* Chris Vecchione ran 6 yards with a recovered fumble in the first quarter for the game's only touchdown, as host Youngstown State defeated Samford, 10-0, in an NCAA Division I-AA semifinal.

Sophomore Tameron Smith had a career-high 246 yards on 46 rushes for Youngstown State (11-3), which had the ball for 42 minutes, 45 seconds and recorded 19 first downs. The Penguins held Samford (12-2) to eight first downs, minus-4 yards rushing and 144 yards in total offense, and intercepted six passes, tying a school record set in 1978 against Eastern Illinois. Samford failed to make a third-down conversion in 19 attempts.

* Michael Payton hit Troy Brown on a 36-yard scoring pass, as host Marshall defeated Eastern Kentucky, 14-7, in the other Division I-AA semifinal.

Marshall (10-3) advanced to the championship game in Statesboro, Ga., against Youngstown State, which beat Samford the other semifinal.

Brown, who had more than 1,600 all-purpose yards coming into the game, raced away from Glenn Williams and took Payton's pass in stride to give Marshall (10-3) a 14-0 lead with 4:30 left in the third quarter.

* Erik White threw two touchdown passes to Mark Szlachcic, and the Bowling Green defense stopped Fresno State on the 3-yard line in the final seconds of a 28-21 victory in the California Bowl in Fresno.

It was the first loss for Fresno State (10-2) of the Big West Conference in five California Bowl appearances. Bowling Green (11-1) of the Mid-American Conference won its first California Bowl game in three tries.

* The Northwood Midget Rams of the Northwood Football League defeated the Dallas Trojans, 14-0, to win the National Pop Warner Midget Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

Golf

Mike Hill had birdies on the last two holes on the way to a under-par 67 and a two-stroke lead going into today's final round of the Champions tournament, the season-ending event on the Senior PGA Tour, in Dorado, Puerto Rico.

Perhaps more important than the lead over Bob Charles, however, was the three-stroke advantage Hill held over the two players he most wants to beat -- George Archer and Jim Colbert.

Those three are in a scramble for leading money-winning honors, a position that probably also will determine the seniors' Player of the Year in a vote of players his month. The money race concludes with the distribution of $2 million in prize money and bonus awards today.

* Heavy rains forced postponement of the third round of the LPGA World Match Play Championship in Princeville, Hawaii. Plans were to play 18 or 36 holes today, depending on the conditions, and conclude the tournament tomorrow.

Boxing

Manning Galloway of Columbus, Ohio, won a 12-round split decision over South African Nika Kumalo and retained the World Boxing Organization welterweight title in Cape Town, South Africa. Galloway (47-13) was awarded the decision by two judges on scores of 115-113 and 116-113. The other judge voted for Kumalo, 115-112. Kumalo is 30-5.

Skiing

World champion Franz Heinzer of Switzerland won the second men's World Cup downhill of the season, edging Austrian Leonard Stock by .27 hundredths of a second in Valgardena Italy. Heinzer took many risks but still had a faultless performance down the 3,446-meter Saslong track, clocking 2:00.17.

A.J. Kitt, whose victory in France was the first by a male U.S. downhiller since 1984, lost a pole during his run and finished fourth, .61 hundredths of a second behind the winner.

Nordic combined

Fabrice Guy of France took the lead in World Cup Nordic combined in Prague, Czechoslovakia, after opening-day jumps of feet, 5 inches and 295-3. Fabrice scored 226.0 points for his two jumps at the 70-meter hill, followed by American Ryan Heckam, who had 216.9 points for jumps of 275-9 and 249-6. The advantage in points gives Fabrice a 1:00.7 lead over Heckam in )) today's 15-kilometer cross country run, which is the final discipline of the two-day event.

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