Michael Ayers

Ashland linebacker Michael Ayers signals to the sideline during AU's win over Notre Dame in the first round of the playoffs. Ayers had 11 tackles and an interception in Saturday's 19-13 loss to IUP in the super region semifinals.

INDIANA, Pa. — Ashland came up short in its quest to reach Division II football’s Elite Eight.

Top-seeded Indiana University Pennsylvania came up with a big fourth-down stop in the third quarter and later returned a blocked punt 25 yards for a touchdown in a 19-13 win over the fourth-seeded Eagles in the Super Region 1 semifinals Saturday at IUP’s George P. Miller Stadium.

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