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War Hawks Finish Year In Top 15

<font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">McMurry University's football team ended Nov. 26 in Belton with a loss in the second round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs, but the two most prominent national top 25 polls send the War Hawks out on a high note as the AFCA ranked McMurry No. 15 and D3football.com ranked them 14 in the final polls of the season.</span></font>
ABILENE, Texas - McMurry University's football team ended Nov. 26 in Belton with a loss in the second round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs, but the two most prominent national top 25 polls send the War Hawks out on a high note as the AFCA ranked McMurry No. 15 and D3football.com ranked them 14 in the final polls of the season.

The War Hawks finished 9-3 on the season and defeated Trinity in the first round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs Nov. 19. In a season of firsts, the War Hawks earned the program's first NCAA Division III playoff appearance after an 8-2 regular season along the way earning
national rankings for the first time since the 1999 season.

McMurry began the season with an 82-6 loss to NCAA Division I FCS Stephen F. Austin before rebounding to defeat FCS UT-San Antonio at the Alamodome in front of 34,000+ fans Sept. 10. From there, McMurry trailed No. 3-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor 28-6 before storming back to
score 21 unanswered points and fell 28-27 in Belton after a two-point conversion with less than two minutes left failed that could have won the game.

However, from there, McMurry won seven straight games including a win over cross-town rival Hardin-Simmons, which hadn't been done since 1963. Also during the streak, McMurry defeated nationally-ranked Louisiana College on the road and solidified a playoff spot by finishing second in the American Southwest Conference.

The War Hawks landed the Offensive Player of the Year in the ASC in quarterback Jake Mullin and nine players were honored on the all-conference team. Head coach Hal Mumme was named D3football.com South Region Coach of the Year.

Coincidentally, the national ranking by the Division III polls sends the school out on a high note as the university begins its transition to the NCAA Division II beginning in the 2012-13 school year.
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