Marian University wins national football title

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 University of Indianapolis a 30-27 victory over Morningside (Iowa) in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics football championship game Thursday night in Rome, Ga.

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.

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 (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 an installment of IBJ's "Leading Questions" series in 2011, Marian President Dan Elsener discussed how starting a football program from scratch would come to symbolize the school's dedication to setting lofty goals and achieving them in short order. His comments appear in the video below.

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