The Mustangs' winning touchdown came just moments after Midland had taken a 27-21 lead with just 20 seconds left in the game on a 15-yard TD pass from Greg Panelli to Derrick Middleton to break a 21-21 tie. However, the Warriors' Tanner Jones missed the PAT to open the door for the Mustangs.
Morningside's Preston Ives fielded a short kickoff and returned the ball 29 yards to midfield to set up the winning touchdown heave from freshman Nikkel to sophomore Schuck.
The Mustangs, who had been upset 30-23 by Nebraska Wesleyan University the previous Saturday, appeared headed for their second straight defeat when a nine-yard touchdown pass from Panelli to Luke Procopio on the first play of the fourth quarter put the Warriors in front 21-3.
The Mustangs had mustered only 73 yards total offense through the first three quarters as the freshman Nikkel displayed growing pains while forced into his first varsity service after an injury kept starter Jordan Jacupke out the contest. Jacupke was one of four starters who missed the game with injuries, joining J-back Joel McCabe and defensive stalwarts Jared Goforth and Chris Calvillo on the sidelines.
Morningside improved its record to 3-1 and will have a week off before it hosts Doane College for Homecoming 2011 on Saturday, Oct. 8.