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Georgetown College football coach Bill Cronin received his first bath in a while Saturday. The traditional celebratory dousing of the coach has been gone for a few years, but after a fourth down rush by Logan Osborne assured the Tigers a postseason bid, the players showed their enthusiasm.
The postseason return is four years in the making, as the last time GC was in the playoffs was in 2006 against St. Xavier.
Many thought the Tigers would draw the power out of Illinois once again, however, some final weekend shake-ups put Georgetown a few spots higher to play No. 3 MidAmerica Nazarene out of Olathe, KS.
The Pioneers finished out an undefeated season with a 37-7 win over No. 9 Missouri Valley and now will play host to the Tigers at Pioneer Stadium.
Currently the Pioneers list kickoff time as 2 p.m. EST.
It is the second meeting between these two teams with Georgetown holding the 1-0 edge in the series.
MNU touts a stiff defensive unit - ranking in the Top 5 in NAIA in pass defense, total defense and scoring defense. The team also has several dangerous special teams players in kick-returner Kyle Bowen and punt returner William Griffin. The Pioneers quarterback is 11th nationally in pass efficiency.
The Tigers will look to test that stingy defense, which currently allows just 13.7 points per game. GC is averaging 47.9 ppg game and only once been held to less than three touchdowns.
This marks the 16th postseason appearance. The Tigers are 22-12 in the playoffs with three national championships - 1991, 2000, 2001. GC has also been national runners-up twice, 1999 and 2002, with seven undefeated regular seasons and four perfect seasons.
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