SIOUX CITY - Morningside cooled off a surging Concordia University team when the Mustangs shut out the Bulldogs 50-0 last Saturday at Elwood Olsen Stadium. Concordia went into the contest riding a hot streak of five victories in its last six games. Morningside amassed 616 yards total offense and stuffed the Concordia ground game for just 14 yards rushing in 31 attempts.
Mustang quarterback Joel Nixon passed for 338 yards and five touchdowns with scoring strikes of 12, 23, and 32 yards to Joel McCabe and eight and 28 yards to Kyle Schuck. Jon Halvorson scored the Mustangs' other two touchdowns with runs of two and 15 yards and David Galloway kicked a 36-yard field goal.
McCabe finished with career high totals of nine receptions for 161 yards and three touchdowns, while Halvorson paced the Mustangs' infantry attack by rushing for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns in nine carries.
Schuck, a 6-2, 180 lb. junior wide receiver from Cherokee, had touchdown receptions of eight and 28 yards in the Mustangs' 50-0 rout of Concordia. Schuck, who tied a Morningside single-game record with four touchdown receptions in last week's game against Dordt, has caught 13 touchdown passes this season to share the team touchdown lead with McCabe. Schuck caught four passes for 50 yards against Concordia to raise his season's totals to 36 receptions for 585 yards, an average of 16.2 yards per catch.
Saturday's win allowed the Mustangs (9-0) to clinch the outright GPAC title this season. Morningside was also the outright GPAC champion in 2011 with an 8-1 league record and in 2005, when they posted a perfect 10-0 league slate.
The Mustangs close out their regular season against crosstown rival Briar Cliff this Saturday afternoon before moving on to the national playoffs.