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The series between Georgetown College and University of Saint Francis stayed with tradition as the host school won. The No. 3 Tigers (12-0) defeated the No. 9 Cougars (9-3) 26-14 at Toyota Stadium in 2011 NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinals. GC now waits to hear the pairings for opponent and location of next Saturday's semifinal game. NAIA is set to announce those later this evening.
Georgetown's defense thwarted one of the nation's top offenses, including a huge fourth and goal from the one early in the second quarter. The momentum shift did not result in a touchdown right away, but gave the Tigers renewed energy.
Then a gamble deep in the Cougars own territory late in the third all but sealed the game. With Georgetown up 10-0, former GC coach Kevin Donley now at the helm of USF, rolled the dice on a fake punt from his own 14 on fourth and 1. The special teams unit stayed at home and dropped Kyle Mathewson for a loss of one.
USF marched down the field for its first score of the day just before the start of the fourth quarter, but the Tigers took the punch and answered with a five-play, 83-yard score - Pawsat to Rob Maden.
USF scored another touchdown to pull within 10, but it was too little too late. Georgetown drove the ball for nearly five minutes, draining the clock to 2:41 and turning the ball over on downs on USF's 14-yardline. Two plays later, the Cougars bad snapped forced Justin Boser to kick the ball out of the back of the endzone and the final score of the day.
USF had a solid stand deep in its territory early as the game was deadlocked at zero. But GC coach Bill Cronin elected for the points just before halftime and a 3-0 advantage. The Tigers first series in the second half went 75 yards capped by Pawsat's strike to Rashad Mason and the 10-0 lead.