KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (FCS Schedule) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the pairings for the 2015 NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinals. The four games will take place at campus sites on Saturday, Nov. 28.
Since 1997, host schools in the playoffs own a 200-59 (.772) record in the FCS, including at 53-18 (.746) mark in the quarterfinals. Last season, hosts went 2-2 in the quarterfinals. This was the first time multiple road teams had won since 2007.
The 60th annual NAIA Football National Championship, presented by Waste Pro, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The City of Daytona Beach will host the event at Municipal Stadium for the second-straight season. For information on the NAIA’s partner hotels and details on the championship week schedule details, visit http://bit.ly/NAIARaceToDaytona2015. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 starting at 6 p.m. EST.
2015 NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinal Pairings
Saturday, Nov. 28 | Campus Sites | Times TBA
Game 1 – Tabor (Kan.) (11-1) at Morningside (Iowa) (11-1)
Game 2 – Southern Oregon (9-2) at Baker (Kan.) (11-1)
Game 3 – Marian (Ind.) (9-2) at Grand View (Iowa) (11-1)
Game 4 – Montana Tech (10-1) at Saint Francis (Ind.) (10-0)
Quarterfinal Team Notes
• Grand View (Iowa) is hosting a FCS quarterfinal game for the third-straight year, while Morningside (Iowa) has hosted the round of eight two-consecutive times.
• Of the four Quarterfinal matchups, only Marian (Ind.) and Grand View have previously met in the playoffs. The Knights are 2-0 all-time against the Vikings in the FCS, including a 34-6 win in the quarterfinals last season.
• Top-ranked Morningside is appearing in the quarterfinals for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons. The Mustangs are 4-5 all-time in this juncture of the playoffs, including a 56-28 victory against Missouri Valley a season ago.
• Baker (Kan.) (4-2) and Marian (3-1) are the only remaining qualifiers with winning records in the FCS quarterfinals.
• Saint Francis (Ind.) boasts the most quarterfinal appearances among the group with 12. The Cougars also boast the most all-time FCS wins among the qualifiers with 22.
• Both Montana Tech and Tabor (Kan.) are winless all-time in the round of eight.
• Morningside’s 75-69, four-overtime win against Saint Xavier (Ill.) set the FCS single-game record for combined points scored (144). The previous mark was 113, which was accomplished twice previously (Lindenwood (Mo.) def. Lambuth (Tenn.), 65-48, in 2008 and Arkansas-Pine Bluff def. Western Montana, 60-53 in 1994). Additionally, quarterback Ryan Kasdorf set the FCS total yards record with 580, downing the previous record of 557 total yards by former member Adam State’s (Colo.) Bobby Saiz in 1989 against Emporia State (Kan.).
• Six different conferences are represented in the quarterfinals of the FCS, including multiple programs from the Frontier Conference and Mid-States Football Association Mideast League.
• Grand View (11-1) enters Saturday with the longest active winning streak at 11 games. Saint Francis and Tabor are next with 10-game streaks.
• Saint Francis (10-0) is the only remaining unbeaten team in NAIA football. Last season, no unbeaten teams were in the playoffs – the first time since 1994.
• Dickinson State (N.D.), which lost its first round game at Montana Tech, owns the most playoff appearances among the qualifiers with 16. The Blue Hawks, who won their first-ever North Star Athletic Association crown this season, are 5-16 all-time in the FCS and qualified for the first time since 2010.
• Saint Francis (Ind.) (15), Baker (Kan.) (14), Morningside (12) and Saint Xavier (10) are the other clubs that have qualified for the event 10-or-more times.
• Three of last year’s semifinalist won first round games – Morningside, Marian and Southern Oregon
• Southern Oregon looks to become the first team to repeat as national champion since former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) accomplished the feat in 2008 and 2009. The Raiders downed Kansas Wesleyan, 52-8, in the first round.
• Three teams left in the field have previously won national championship – Southern Oregon (2014), Grand View (2013) and Marian (2012).