Morningside College defeated fourth-ranked Saint Xavier University 47-19 in the NAIA Championship Series Semifinals on Dec. 1 in Sioux City. The Mustangs held a 21-16 lead against the defending NAIA National Champions at the end of the first quarter, and then allowed only three more points the rest of the way, including a shutout in the second half.
Kyle Schuck, a 6-2, 180 lb. junior wide receiver from Cherokee, had his fifth 100-yard game of the season with eight receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the Mustangs' victory. Schuck caught touchdown passes of two yards in the second quarter and seven yards in the third quarter to raise his season's total to a team-high 19 touchdowns. Schuck, a first-team All-GPAC selection, has 63 receptions for 986 yards and 19 touchdowns, for an average of 15.7 yards per catch, this season. He is the Mustangs' leading scorer with 114 points, for the eighth highest point total in the nation. With 19 touchdown receptions, Schuck is two TD catches shy of the Morningside single-season record of 21 reception touchdowns, set by Trae Johnson in 2005. Schuck has 94 pass receptions for 1,513 yards and 25 touchdowns for an average of 16.1 yards per catch during his Morningside career.
The #3 Mustangs (13-0) meet Marian University in the Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship at 5:30 p.m., CST, on Thursday December 13
at Barron Stadium in Rome, Georgia. Ted Karras Jr. (Northwestern 1987) is in his sixth season as the head coach at Marian, where he has a 47-23 record for a .671 winning percentage. Karras has guided the Knights to three appearances in the NAIA Championship Series. He was the 2011 MSFA Mideast Conference and AFCA NAIA Region 2 Coach of the Year after he guided Marian to the Mideast Conference title and a perfect 10-0 regular season. The Knights were ranked No. 1 in the nation at the end of the regular season last year and advanced to the semifinals of the NAIA Championship Series, where they lost, 30-27, to league rival and eventual NAIA National Champion Saint Xavier University. Karras was a four-year starter during his playing career at Northwestern University and played one season professionally with the Washington Redskins.Karras is the nephew of the late Alex Karras, a 13-year veteran with the Detroit Lions and former National Football League television broadcaster, and the son of Ted Karras Sr., who played for the Chicago Bears from 1960-64.
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