1992 WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON
2022 NOMINEE – TEAM OF YESTERYEAR – FOOTBALL
NCAA DIVISION III runners-up and South Region Champions.
Defeated Rowan College, 18-13, in Glassboro, NJ, to earn the College’s first trip to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Bradenton, FL.
Lost a heartbreaking, 16-12, decision to Wisconsin-LaCrosse in the title game.
W&J won eight consecutive regular-season games to win the Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship. After losing to Ithaca in the regular-season finale, the Presidents qualified for th NCAA tournament and routed Lycoming, 33-0, in Williamsport and then Emory and Henry, 51-15, at home to advance to the national semifinals.
Eleven W&J players were named to the PAC First-Team, eight to the second team and four earned honorable mention, 23 players in all.
The team was led by All-American running back Chris Babirad, who broke several single-season and school records for rushing and scoring. His stunning TD run and 207 rushing yards versus Rowan sealed the victory and sent the Presidents to the national championship game. He gained more than 800 yards in four playoff games.
The victory over Rowan, one of the biggest and best in the W&J coaching career of John Luckhardt, put the Presidents in elite status in NCAA Division III football and punctuated – at that point – a tremendous turn around in W&J football fortunes as Luckhardt took over a struggling program in the early 1980s.