KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Scoreboard) The quarterfinal pairings of the 2011 NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) have been announced by the national office on Sunday. St. Francis (Ill.), appearing in the FCS for the second time overall and first since 1987, is the only rookie quarterfinalist of this year’s bunch. Defending national champion Carroll (Mont.) and MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) both hosted games in the round-of-eight last season.
Since 2000, the home teams in the FCS Quarterfinals are 32-11 overall, with all four hosts winning last year. The average margin of victory in the 2010 Quarterfinals was over 24 points.
St. Francis (10-2) is heading to its second-straight road playoff game this year as it takes on Marian (Ind.). Both clubs are playing in just their second all-time FCS and have never met previously in the playoffs. Marian is one of two teams remaining with an undefeated record at 11-0. Marian is 0-1 all-time in the Quarterfinals, while St. Francis is playing in its first such game.
Carroll will host its 31st all-time playoff game as it welcomes Independent member Azusa Pacific (Calif.). The Cougars (9-2) will try to win for the first time in three postseason meetings against Carroll (11-1) on Saturday. Carroll took a 35-21 decision in the 2010 First Round and defeated the Cougars, 14-10, in the 2004 Semifinals. Both previous games took place in Helena, Mont. Carroll is 11-5 all-time in the Quarterfinals, while Azusa Pacific is 3-0.
With 29 combined playoff appearances, Saint Francis (Ind.) and Georgetown (Ky.) match up in Georgetown, Ky. The teams have split six previous FCS meetings during a seven-year span (1999-2000; 2002-05). The Tigers (11-0) are 3-0 at home against Saint Francis (9-2) with all wins coming in the first three meetings of the series. Georgetown owns a 6-2 Quarterfinal record and St. Francis is 6-3.
MidAmerica Nazarene and Saint Xavier (Ill.) will clash for the first time in the FCS as the Pioneers host their second-straight Quarterfinal. MidAmerica Nazarene (10-1) won for the first time in the round-of-eight (in four tries) with a 34-10 triumph over Morningside (Iowa) in 2010. St. Xavier (11-1), who is 4-1 all-time in the Quarterfinals, is looking to advance to its fourth Semifinal for the fourth time since 2006.
The 56th Annual Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship is scheduled for Dec. 17 in Rome, Ga. Rome-Floyd County and Shorter (Ga.) University will host the event at Barron Stadium for the fourth-straight year. The event will be televised live on CBS Sports Television with kickoff slated for 4:30 p.m. EST. For ticket information, call 1-800-858-7601 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-858-7601 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
2011 NAIA Football Championship Series
Quarterfinals | Saturday, Nov. 26 | All Times Local and subject to change
• St. Francis (Ill.) (10-2) @ Marian (Ind.) (11-0), 1 p.m.
(All-time series in FCS: 0-0)
• Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (9-2) @ Carroll (Mont.) (11-1)&, 12:07 p.m.
(All-time series in FCS: Carroll leads 2-0)
• Saint Francis (Ind.) (9-2)$ @ Georgetown (Ky.) (11-0), 1:30 p.m.
(All-time series in FCS: tied at 3-3)
• Saint Xavier (Ill.) (11-1) @ MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (10-1)&, 1 p.m.
(All-time series in FCS: 0-0)
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