Doane held No. 4 Morningside College to seven yards on their first seven plays but the Mustangs got going late in the first quarter and scored six touchdowns in seven possessions to jump out to a 42-0 lead over the Tigers. Doane would rally with 27 points but it was not enough as the Mustangs won 49-27.
Morningside received four touchdown passes from Ian Gilworth while Tyler Childress ran for a pair of TDs.
Trailing 42-0, Doane scored late in the third quarter on a 49-yard touchdown run from Randall Reese. The touchdown was the first of four consecutive possessions in which the Tigers put the ball in the end zone following a Mustang fumble.
In the fourth quarter, Anthony Dunn hooked up with Jeremiah Saffold for an eight-yard score with 11:28 remaining. After a fumble by Joe Don Hunter, the Tigers marched 46 yards on eight plays as Dunn took the ball in from one yard out with 7:35 remaining.
Following a Jake Peterson fumble that was forced by Josh Warren, Dunn found Antony Ritton for a 66-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-15 with 3:53 remaining. The score stood at 42-27 after a missed extra point attempt following a mishandled snap.
Morningside recovered the Doane on-side kick and five plays later, Childress ran 31 yards to close out the scoring.
Doane was led through the air by Dunn as he completed 24-of-28 passing attempts for 288 yards. His leading receiver was Eamonn Feeney who finished with six catches for 74 yards. Blake Erickson added five receptions and Ritton posted four receptions for 89 yards.
On the ground, Reese ran for 51 yards while Alex Hall added 26 yards.
Defensively, Warren finished with 13 total tackles, three for lost yardage. He added two forced fumbles and a pass break-up. Zach Brenner finished with seven total tackles. Seth Styskal, Vince Martinez and Jay Bartlett collected fumble recoveries. Styskal had the lone sack for Doane.
Doane will travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face rival Nebraska Wesleyan on November 8 at 1:00 PM.