Behind the title: Led by defensive end Markus White, the NJCAA defensive player of the year, the Grizzlies entered the Top of the Mountains Bowl ranked No. 2 in the country and with an 11-0 record. Turned out, even a dominating, 56-27 win over the No. 1 team in the country – Snow College – wasn’t good enough to get them the NJCAA title all by themselves. In a decision that still has people scratching their heads, the NJCAA held a special meeting over the weekend to decide to name co-national champions, splitting the title between Butler and then-No. 3 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, which defeated No. 15 Kilgore 62-28 in the Heart of Texas Bowl. The decision, according to NJCAA assistant executive director Mark Krug, was made for the “good of the sport” and the voters were only allowed to rank teams 3-20. “There’s nothing we can do about it,” Butler coach Troy Morrell said after the rankings came out. “We’ve done everything we can do on the field. It shouldn’t tarnish anything our kids accomplished. We beat six ranked opponents.” White, running back Beau Johnson and offensive lineman Wade Weibert were all named first-team All-Americans for Butler.
Tomorrow: Butler goes back-to-back for a second time. Game story and box score from ’07 after the jump.