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Alfred knocked out of NCAA football playoffs

It was not a day for defense at Alfred’s Yunevich Stadium on Saturday.

Alfred University and Mount Union put on an offensive show in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. When the clock hit all zeros, Mount Union had come away with a 70-45 win to advance.

The Purple Raiders are one of the great dynasties in college football. They have won 12 national championships. The previously unbeaten Saxons (12-1) found out why in a playoff game that saw the teams pile up more than 1,000 combined yards. Alfred had 32 first downs to Mount Union’s 29.

Alfred stayed with Mount Union through the first half, trailing by only 35-26. But the Purple Raiders scored 28 points in the final quarter to break the game open.

Among local players, A.J. LiCata (Frontier) finished with 13 tackles and forced a fumble for the Saxons. Tight end Ralph Pagliei (Orchard Park) caught four passes for 31 yards.

Tyler Johnson of Alfred completed 36 for 67 for 534 yards, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Jayden Gavidia and Brendan Buisch caught two touchdown passes each.

Mount Union (12-1) piled up 322 rushing yards.

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