Marian bids ’night to Morningside

John Bazemore/Associated Press

Clifford Brown and Marian went up and over Zac Schleuger and Morningside for a 30-27 victory in overtime Thursday night in Rome, Ga., to win its first NAIA championship and hand the Mustangs their first loss of the season.

By Guy Curtwright
The Associated Press


Michael Josifovski made a 35-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to force overtime, then hit a 26-yarder in the extra session to give Marian (Ind.) a 30-27 victory over Morningside (Iowa) in the NAIA championship game Thursday night.

Marian (12-1) won its first national National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics title in only its sixth season of football.

In the semifinals, Josifovski made a 51-yard field goal on the final play for a 20-17 victory over Missouri Valley College.

Adam Wiese was 25 of 39 for 233 yards and a touchdown for the Knights, and Tevin Lake rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

Joel Nixon was 22 of 39 for 228 yards and two touchdowns for Morningside Mustangs (13-1), and Fred Jones ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Nixon also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.

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