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Georgetown College's Logan Osborne never had such an important two yards to gain. With the game and the Tigers postseason hopes on the line, the sophomore converted a fourth-down and two to allow GC to hold on against Belhaven University on Senior Day, 24-19.
The Tigers had secured a postseason bid this past weekend when it won the Mid-South Conference East Divisional title, but needed a win in the final game to be able to accept the bid. A team must be in the Top 20 and with the Tigers sitting at No. 18; they wanted to leave nothing to chance.
"We are going to the playoffs, so who knows," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "I think our best games are in front of us."
Georgetown (8-2, 6-0) opened a 14-0 lead before the Blazers (4-7, 1-5) mounted a comeback. Late in the fourth quarter they scored a touchdown, but failed on the two-point conversion to trail 24-19. The ensuing onside kick failed and after BU used up all its timeouts, it was fourth and two.
Osborne took the sweep to the left and got the critical two yards as the Tigers held on for the win, returning to the postseason for the first time since 2006.
"It wasn't the prettiest win, but it did us some good," Cronin said.
The Tigers have been averaging an NAIA second best 51 points per game, but after the two touchdowns struggled to find an offensive rhythm.
GC's defense held strong on numerous occasions Saturday at Toyota Stadium, stopping the Blazers on four fourth-down conversions, including a goal line stance.
The bids and brackets for the NAIA postseason will be announced Sunday starting at 2:30 p.m. at Victory Sports Network. In order to hear where the Tigers will be next weekend go to www.livestream.com/victorysports or www.victorysportsnetwork.com.
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