Football - Sun, Nov. 21, 2010
Georgetown College was outscored 17-3 in the fourth quarter in a tough opening round loss in the 2010 NAIA Championship Series.
The Tigers (8-3) opened up a two score with 10 minutes remaining, but MidAmerica Nazarene found its offense at the right time as the Pioneers pulled off the comeback, 27-24, in Olathe, KS.
MNU got things started off a quarterback keeper by Sean Ransburg for a one-yard score to trail 24-17 with 8:10 remaining. Georgetown, which had been fairly successful all day at holding on to the ball and sustaining a drive went three and out.
A bad snap on the punt sailed through the back of the endzone, giving MNU new momentum and life with just more than seven minutes remaining.
The Pioneers (11-0) then went on a drive that Ransburg capped off with another score. MNU converted the two-point conversion for a 27-24 lead with 2:59 remaining.
The Tigers then put together a drive that gave them a shot to tie. With 38 seconds left, Bennett Gatto rushed for a first down to the Pioneer 21. GC took a few shots for the endzone, but with seven seconds left brought out sophomore Alex Kreimer.
The kicker missed a 47-yarder by hitting the cross bar just before half and hit a 40-yarder with 10 minutes remaining in the game for a 24-10 lead. However, with seven seconds left and the Tigers trailing three, MidAmerica was able to break through and block the attempt.
Georgetown reached the postseason for the first time since 2006 and won the Mid-South Conference East Division outright by going undefeated. The last time the Tigers lost was on Sept. 25 to Shorter College 47-46 in overtime.