Marian (Ind.) defeated Morningside, 30-27, in overtime in the NAIA championship football game on Thursday.
Fifth-ranked Marian (Ind.) (12-1) defeated number-3 Morningside (13-1), 30-27, in overtime in the NAIA championship football game on Thursday.
Marian wins its first-ever NAIA national championship. The lower ranked team has now won six of the last seven national titles. The Knights are the second-straight Mid-States Football Association team to win the national championship.
Morningside led 20-10 after three quarters, but gave up 17 points in a wild fourth quarter that saw three lead changes.
"The guys played hard, they fought hard," said Morningside head coach Steve Ryan. "We made some great plays down the stretch. They just made one more."
"It was a special season. We believed that we were going to win it the whole time," said Morningside quarterback Joel Nixon. "Marian's a great team. They deserved the victory. They made the plays they needed to to win it."
Fred Jones ran for 118 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns for Morningside. Quarterback Joel Nixon completed 22 of 39 passes for 228 yards. Kyle Schuck and Joel McCabe each had touchdown receptions.
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