SELINSGROVE, PA (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The Utica University football team was one of just five at-large selections to the NCAA Division III football playoffs, presumably the last team into the tournament and an underdog going into their matchup with undefeated and #11 Susquehanna.

The Pioneers completed an upset victory, 17-10, on Saturday afternoon, their first playoff win in their first playoff game in program history after forcing five interceptions, three to senior defensive back Jamel Smith, advancing to the second round to now face national #2 Mount Union.

The Purple Raiders have a long history of success in the DIII playoffs, 107-19 all-time in the playoffs alone (compared to Utica’s 1-0), and have won 13 National Championships since 1993, their most recent in 2017.