Marian University, already a dominant force on the national cycling scene (the Knights clinched their 19th national cycling championship in September), dominated the gridiron this season, as well. The 5th ranked Knights conquered a 20-10, third-quarter deficit to take out Iowa's 3rd ranked Morningside College to win the NAIA national championship 30-27 in overtime.
That spirit of fighting until the last minute also paid off for Butler University on Saturday, when its men's basketball team defeated No. 1-ranked Indiana University 88-86 in overtime. Sophomore Alex Barlow's sloppy shot, taken with just over two seconds left on the game clock, was anything but precision execution. Still, it captured perfectly (as did the whole game) just what makes basketball in the state of Indiana so dang beautiful.