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#LiDarralling sweeps campus during football postseason play

#LiDarralling sweeps campus during football postseason play

This December, the football team played in the Division III National Semifinals for the first time since 2008 and for the fourth time overall. The team won 13 games for just the second time in school history, matching the mark set in 2004 by the national runner-up team.

The team traded punches with the #1 team in the country, but in the end the Mount Union Purple Raiders hit the knockout blow in a 48-35 victory over the Cru Saturday, Dec. 8, in Alliance, Ohio. The loss ended UMHB’s season at 13-1. Mount Union improved to 14-0 on the season and advanced to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl for the eighth straight season.

The week before, the Cru earned national media coverage when senior quarterback LiDarral Bailey acted on what he called “instinct,” narrowly avoiding a sack and flipping the football to wide receiver Caleb Moore in the end zone during the Cru’s quarterfinal playoff game against Wesley College. The play, which gave UMHB a 25-17 lead with 1:16 left in the third quarter, earned the Cru the Play of the Week and was featured on ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, and Sports Illustrated. The Cru went on to win the game 32-20, securing a spot in the NCAA DIII Semifinals.

“All glory to God,” Bailey said after the game. “I rolled out, and I knew I only had one option to throw to; that was Caleb, and he was covered. It was just instinct, and I just played off of it.”

Excitement around the play grew so much that current student Jonathan Kendall started a social media craze when he reenacted the play and posted it using social media with the hashtag #LiDarralling. Countless individuals added to the fun including President O’Rear and former UMHB football players and current NFL players Nate Menkin (Philadelphia Eagles) and Jerrell Freeman (Indianapolis Colts).