The No. 3-ranked Mustangs (12-0) are in the semifinals for the second time, joining the college’s 2005 team that finished 12-1. Morningside’s semifinal round opponent has yet to be determined.
Saturday’s contest was the high scoring shootout it was expected to be as two of the nation’s most prolific offensive attacks squared off.
Southern Oregon amassed 587 yards total offense, the most yards the Mustangs have allowed all season, while Morningside rolled up 505 yards total offense.
Morningside quarterback Joel Nixon fired a four-yard touchdown pass to Joel McCabe for the winning margin in the overtime.
The Mustang touchdown came after Southern Oregon was forced to settle for a 37-yard field goal by Colin Amsler on its overtime possession.
MISSOURI VALLEY 10,
MARSHALL, Mo. — The No. 2 Missouri Valley College Vikings continue their quest for a National championship after a NAIA Football Championship Series quarterfinal win over No. 18 Bethel (Tenn.) University 10-7 Saturday afternoon at Gregg-Mitchell Field. The win puts the Vikings in the FCS semifinals on Saturday.
The Vikings were held to one of their lowest offensive outputs of the season, in both points and yards, but the Viking defense made plays around their endzone, and kept the Wildcats from gaining any momentum.
SAINT XAVIER 35,
CHICAGO — Scoring all four of its touchdowns on the day with its running attack, the No. 4 ranked Saint Xavier University football team showed off its balance on offense with a 35-21 victory over No. 7 University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) in the 2012 NAIA Football Championship Series quarterfinals Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars (11-1) racked up 508 yards of total offense in Saturday’s win with 207 coming off the rush and 307 through the air. Leading 32-21 heading into the final quarter, the SXU defense stepped up big keeping the visiting Patriots off the scoreboard to preserve the victory. Following the game, Saint Xavier senior quarterback Jimmy Coy and junior linebacker Zach Dolphwere named the Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Players of the Game, respectively.
MARIAN 45, SAINT FRANCIS 34
INDIANAPOLIS — For the second straight season, the Marian University football team is headed to the NAIA Football Championship Series semifinals after the No. 5-ranked Knights posted a 45-34 victory over the No. 6-ranked University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on Saturday afternoon at St.Vincent Health Field in Indianapolis.
The Knights improved to 10-1, while the Cougars ended their season at 9-3.
The Knights used 17 unanswered points in the first half to stake themselves a 17-7 lead and out-scored the Cougars 28-27 in the second half to hold on for the 11-point victory.