Belton, TX – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team finished second in the country in the final D3football.com Top 25 Poll of the 2012 season. The Cru totaled 587 points and edged out national runner-up St. Thomas (MN) by two points to match the highest final national ranking in school history. UMHB also finished the 2004 season ranked second in the country by D3football.com after falling to Linfield College in the Stagg Bowl that year. National champion Mount Union was a unanimous selection at #1, taking all 25 first-place votes and 625 total points in the poll. St. Thomas (585 points), Wisconsin-Oshkosh (547 points) and Linfield College (517 points) rounded out the top five in the D3football.com Poll.
UMHB posted five wins over teams ranked the final poll this season. Wesley College finished 6th in the nation with a 10-2 record and both of those losses coming against the Cru. Franklin College was ranked 20th with a 9-3 record, including a 63-17 loss to UMHB in the second round of the playoffs, and Louisiana College was ranked 23rd with a 9-3 mark that included two losses to the Cru.
UMHB went 13-1 overall this season and won its tenth American Southwest Conference Championship with a 7-0 league mark. The Cru tied the school and ASC record with 13 overall wins and set a new program record with 13 consecutive victories. UMHB advanced to the Semifinals of the NCAA Division III National Championship before falling to Mount Union 48-35.
The D3football.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members, and is published weekly during the regular season.