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Game Time...13th-ranked Northwestern travels to Crete, Neb. to play 20th-ranked Doane in the GPAC opener for both teams. The top 25 match-up is the featured NAIA game of the week. Northwestern is 1-0 this season while the host Tigers are 0-1. Watch/listen to the game via the Tigers Sports Network (Doane) at the following link: Watch Now! Live stats available here: Live Stats! or listen to the game via the KSOU broadcast: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 16-12 in a rivalry that began in 1982. The Red Raiders have won eight of the last 10 match-ups, including a 28-14 win last year in Orange City, Iowa.
Last Year...The Red Raiders earned a 28-14 home win over Doane in week three of the 2012 season.
Also a match-up of ranked teams, #17 Northwestern scored first late in the first quarter off a four-yard touchdown pass from Davis Bloemendaal to Brice Byker for a 6-0 lead. #16 Doane answered on its very next drive, marching 80 yards on 10 plays capped by a 26-yard touchdown halfback option pass from Jesse Ver Velde to Josh Boggs. With the extra point, Doane took its only lead of the game, 7-6. Both defenses held strong until late in the first half when Northwestern scored on a three-yard run by Brandon Smith and after a Bloemendaal two-point conversion, the Red Raiders brought a 14-7 lead into halftime.
Northwestern added to its lead late in the third quarter on a five-yard touchdown pass from Bloemendaal to Ben Green to make it 20-7. The Red Raiders scored again on its next possession when Theo Bartman took one in from seven yards out. Bloemendaal hooked up J.C. Hoegh on the two-point conversion to put NWC up 28-7 with 12 minutes left to go. Doane concluded the scoring with four minutes to go on a 14-yard run by Alex Dose and with the extra point, put the score at 28-14. Northwestern covered up the ensuing on-side kick to seal the win.
Northwestern out-gained Doane 406-234 and recorded a huge advantage on the ground, 262-81. Bartman and Smith both totaled over 20 carries and 100 yards rushing to pace the Red Raider offense. Bloemendaal was an efficient 15-of-22 for 144 yards and two score while Smith (5-43) and Bartman (4-40) were the top pass catchers. Aaron Jansen led the Raider D with 8.5 tackles, three for a loss.
Doane was led by Dose who went for 25 carries on 72 yards and a score. He also caught five passes for 27 yards. Jeff Weander completed 15-of-26 passes for 127 yards and one interception. Jeremy Wallace paced the Tigers defense with 14 tackles.
Last Week...The 20th-ranked Tigers suffered a 24-21 overtime road loss to Friends University in a game played last Saturday in Wichita, Kan.
Doane fell behind 12-0 by halftime as Friends scored on a one-yard run on the game's opening drive and then after a 71-yard pass play midway through the second quarter. Both extra points were missed. Doane put its first points on the board with two field goals by Jordan Peterson in the third quarter, a 46-yarder at the 10-minute mark and a 30-yard strike later in the third. Doane grabbed its first lead early in the fourth when quarterback Phil Hamburger found tight end Nolan Samuelson for an 11-yard touchdown to put the score at 13-12. Friends seized the lead back (18-13) after another touchdown pass with just 90 seconds left on the clock. With Doane on the move, Friends intercepted a Tigers' pass and proceeded to kneel down and take a safety in an attempt to run out the clock. With Friends leading 18-15, Doane took over after the free kick and went 33 yards on two completions, followed by a 49-yard field goal by Pedersen with no time remaining to send the game into overtime.
Doane scored first in the overtime on another Pedersen field goal but Friends scored the game-winning touchdown on a two-yard run to earn the upset.
The Tigers totaled 357 yards, 143 rushing and 214 through the air. Kenneth Boggs rushed for a game-high 88 yards on 19 carries while Hamburger added 63 yards on 15 carries. Hamburger completed 17-of-33 passes for 209 yards and a score. Nolan Kawata was the primary target, totaling seven catches for 86 yards. Ben Muff led the defense with 9.5 tackles and an interception.
The Red Raiders opened the season with a big 55-37 road win over Bacone College (Okla.), a team earning votes in the preseason poll. Northwestern opened the game with 21 straight points, taking advantage of the big play on offense and forcing turnovers and good field position on defense. They led 28-6 at the end of the first quarter, 42-18 at the half and put the game away by the end of the third, leading 55-24.
Northwestern had a huge day offensively, totaling 604 yards, and remarkable balance with 288 yards rushing and 316 passing. Senior quarterback Davis Bloemendaal had his third career 300-yard passing game, completing an efficient 17-of-25 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns, matching his career high. He also rushed for 61 yards and two scores, earning him both GPAC and NAIA offensive player of the week honors. Junior wideout Ben Green set a career high with seven catches for 177 yards and three scores. Jessie Riley paced the rushing attack with 12 carries for a career-best 108 yards while Theo Bartman added 93 rushing yards, 53 passing yards and a total of three touchdowns.
The Raider D allowed 492 yards but accounted for two turnovers and eight sacks. Nate Van Ginkel had 5.5 tackles and a sack while Isaiah Twitty had 4.5 tackles and two sacks.
Scouting Doane...Head coach Matt Franzen, in his seventh year with the Tigers, returns 14 starters (7 offense/7 defense) and 38 letterwinners off a 2012 team that finished third in the GPAC at 6-3. They ended the year with a 7-3 mark, ranked 20th in the final coaches' poll, the same spot where they sit today.
Heading the offense, which averaged 376 yards and 30 points per game, is junior wideout and return man Josh Boggs, an honorable mention all-conference player who totaled 22 catches for 279 yards last season. Tight end Nolan Samuelson returns after catching 10 balls for 87 yards and three touchdowns. Phil Hamburger takes over under center and is joined by newcomer Kenny Boggs in the backfield. The Tigers also return three starters along the o-line, including Dillon Carmichael who earned All-American honors last year.
The Tigers' defense gave up 18.6 points per game in 2012 and returns a pair of all-conference linebackers in Jeremy Wallace and Rob Keeney. Keli'i Jackson and Ben Muff return in the secondary, combining for 51 tackles and three interceptions last year.
Northwestern News and Notes...Kyle Achterhoff is in his fifth season as the head coach and 16th overall season as a coach within the Red Raider program. He has guided Northwestern to a top 25 ranking at the end of each of his four seasons, earning a playoff bid in 2012 for the first time since 2006. Achterhoff is 34-10 all-time heading into the match-up against Doane.
Offensively, Northwestern is led by Bloemendaal, who is in his third season as the starter under center. The senior just passed Travis Kooima (2001-04) for ninth place with 4,505 career passing yards, needing 226 more to surpass Jeremy DiBie (4,730) to move into eighth place. Bloemendaal also passed up Kooima and moved into seventh place all-time with 44 career touchdown passes. Bartman, another senior, ranks 13th all-time in career rushing with 2,024 yards, just 103 yards shy of 12th (Larry Smith 1960-62). The senior running back has scored a touchdown in 13 straight games and is tied with Taylor Malm for 10th place all-time with 29 career scores. Northwestern currently ranks second in the NAIA in pass efficiency, third in total offense and fifth in scoring offense.
Defensively, Northwestern is sixth in rush defense (60ypg) and first in the nation with eight sacks. Linebackers Isaiah Twitty and Nate Van Ginkel anchor the middle of the field, each earning all-conference honors last season. The Raider D also boasts an experienced secondary, returning all of its starters, including all-conference players, Jerel Kyles, Jermaine Ambrose, Jake Zylstra and Justin Wohlert.
Up Next...Northwestern hosts Dakota Wesleyan next Saturday, Sept. 21 in its home opener at 1:00pm.