December 23, 2004
Jeff Strauch wrapped up his college career on December 11 in Mount Union's 38-35 loss to Hardin-Baylor in the NCAA Division 3 semifinals. Jeff finished the year as the leading rusher for the Purple Raiders, running for 1,035 yards on 169 carries for a 6.0 yard average. He also caught 23 passes for 173 yards and returned seven kickoffs for a 25.4 yard average. He scored nine TD's rushing and four receiving. Mount Union finished the year as OAC champs, with a 12-1 overall record .
Co-captain Dave Rehker's Miami Redhawks will play Iowa State in the Independence Bowl on Tuesday December 28 in New Orleans. Miami enters the game with an overall record of 8-4. The Redhawks won the MAC East Division title before falling 35-27 to Toledo in the MAC Championship game on December 2. Big Dave started at center but left the game in the second quarter with a hairline fracture of his right ankle. Nonetheless, he plans on starting Tuesday night and will play as long as he is able in what will be his final college game.
Jesse Cole and the Florida State Seminoles will take on West Virginia in the Gator Bowl on January 1. Watch for #57 on the punt return and kickoff teams.