Morningside of Iowa loses NAIA championship game 30-27


December 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ROME, Ga. (AP) — Michael Josifovski made a 35-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to force overtime and hit a 26-yarder in the extra session to give Marian, Indiana a 30-27 victory over Morningside of Iowa in the NAIA championship game Thursday night. Marian (12-1) won its first national 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.

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