Tabor College gave the KCAC a much-needed shot of football credibility on Saturday with a 16-14 victory over Doane College in the first round of the NAIA playoffs. Doane had played McPherson College in its season opener, winning 54-7.
Tabor, now 11-1, goes on the road Saturday to play No. 1-ranked Morningside, Iowa. Morningside defeated St. Xavier, Ill., 75-69 in four overtimes Saturday in perhaps the wildest playoff game in national history. Earlier this season, Morningside was a 77-17 winner over KCAC member Sterling College, which went on to finish third in the conference.
The KCAC’s other playoff entry, Kansas Wesleyan, was routed 52-8 by defending champion Southern Oregon.
Among the other teams to advance was Montana Tech, a 44-10 winner over Dickinson State of North Dakota. Former McPherson College head coach Pete Sterbick is Montana Tech’s offensive coordinator.