Trailing 13-0 heading in the second quarter, No. 3 Morningside scored 27 unanswered points and held on for a thrilling 40-35 win over No. 14 Montana Tech in the first round of the Football Championship Series.
After an 8-yard touchdown run by Fred Jones to pull the Mustangs to within 13-7, senior linebacker Sean Elliott picked off Nick Baker and returned it 25 yards to tie the game at 13.
Senior quarterback Joel Nixon then manufactured two scoring drives, hitting Kyle Schuck on a 10 yard pass and Joel McCabe on a 38 yard strike to put the Mustangs up 27-13.
With a 27-20 lead with less than a minute to play following a touchdown by Montana Tech, Colby Henderson returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to give the Mustangs a 34-20 edge at the break.
Trailing by 11 midway through the fourth quarter, Montana Tech's James Roberts hauled in a 26 yard TD pass from Baker to pull the Diggers within five.
They would get the ball back with two minutes to play, but would fumble. The Mustangs would run out the clock from there.
"Coming into this game, we hadn't trailed all season. And, we really had a true test of our character today," Nixon said. "You saw our team fight it out to the end. It wasn't the prettiest win, but you better believe we'll take it. We're moving on."
"We needed to come down to earth and realize we have a lot of things to correct," Elliott added. "There's going to be better offenses in the playoffs. We all need to be ready and focus and ready to work harder."
Indianapolis, IN. -- Senior quarterback Davis Bloemendaal threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and Theo Bartman ran for 124 yards, but it wasn't enough as No. 12 Northwestern fell to #5 Marian 42-32 in the first round of the Football Championship Series.
Scoreless midway through the first quarter, the Knights hit paydirt first on a 9 yard hookup between Adam Wiese and Brandon Sherman to put Marian up 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jordan Micalef followed his blockers and racked 99 yards to tie the game up at 7.
Down 21-7 nearing the end of the first half, Bloemendaal hit Brice Byker for an 18 yard touchdown to pull the Red Raiders within 21-13 at the break.
Northwestern would carry that momentum into the second half.
Following a Mike O'Brien field goal to make it a 21-16 ball game, the Red Raiders took their first lead on a one yard run by Brandon Smith to make it 24-21.
But, Marian outscored Northwestern 21-8 the rest of the game to advance to the FCS quarterfinals.
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