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Flashback: Lycoming Borrows Penn State’s Shoes For Playoffs

WILLIAM N. WALLACE New York Times Published:
December 2, 1990

"This team never ceases to surprise me,” Girardi said.

Wearing shoes borrowed from Penn State and playing defense like Penn State, the undefeated Warriors of Lycoming College upset previously undefeated Hofstra, 20-10, today and advanced to the final of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III football tournament.

Lycoming, from Williamsport, will play another Pennsylvania college, Allegheny from Meadville, for the championship next Saturday at Bradenton,Fla., in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

Hofstra played the game without Rhory Moss, its regular quarterback. Moss, who had passed for 3,310 yards and 25 touchdowns, was declared ineligible for the contest by the university after an N.C.A.A. official notified Jim Garvey, the athletic director, late Friday afternoon of an alleged violation of N.C.A.A. regulations by Moss.

The nature of the violation was not divulged and Garvey said, in a statement, “The university has decided in the best interests of the integrity of Mr. Moss, his team mates, Hofstra University and the N.C.A.A. tournament to withdraw him from play.” Commendable Performance Tim Lynch, the sophomore who replaced Moss, did a commendable job after a slow start. But his blockers wilted under an assault from the blitzing Lycoming defense and Lynch was sacked six times. He completed 32 of 49 pass attempts for 339 yards but three were intercepted.

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