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Game Time...13th-ranked Northwestern opens conference play as they play host to Doane on Saturday, Sept. 13. Kickoff on Korver Field at DeValois Stadium is scheduled for 1pm. Both teams come into the weekend with 0-1 records. Watch/listen live to the game and live stats via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern holds a 16-13-2 all-time record against Doane in a rivalry that began during the 1982 season. The Red Raiders are 7-3 over the last 10 games against Doane but the teams have split their last four match-ups.
Last Year...The Red Raiders lost to Doane 34-27 in a match-up of ranked teams played in week two in Crete, Neb.
After trailing 24-7 at the half, Northwestern ralled and tied the score at 27 with a touchdown pass from Davis Bloemendaal to Brice Byker early in the fourth quarter. Bloemendaal also hooked up with Ben Green for a 20-yard touchdown and Ben Loftis returned a blocked punt for a special teams touchdown during the comeback.
Doane, however, marched 84 yards on 10 plays for its game-winning touchdown drive, ending with a Kenneth Boggs 13-yard run with 3:32 left to play. Northwestern's next drive ended with a fumble at midfield, preserving teh Tigers win.
Statistically, the game was just as close with Doane totaling 25 first downs and 408 yards while Northwestern gained 27 first downs and 393 yards. Bloemendaal threw for 254 yards and three scores while Theo Bartman rushed for 97 yards on 20 carries. Green totaled a game-high nine catches for 102 yards and two scores. Greg Hegstad led the Raider D with nine tackles and Jermaine Ambrose added seven.
Boggs led Doane with 21 carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Phil Hamburger threw for 201 yards and a score while rushing for 67 yards. Jeremy Wallace led all players with eight tackles, one sack and one pass defended.
Scouting Doane...The Tigers dropped their season opener against #19 Friends (Kan.) 33-7 last weekend in Crete, Neb. Doane found themselves down 20-0 at the half before scoring its only touchdown early in the third quarter on a pass from Brandon Stuart to Josh Boggs. Friends added two more touchdowns later in the final period.
Doane had more first downs (21-17) and gained 255 total yards but committed five turnovers, 11 penalties and missed on all three field goal attempts. Stuart completed 8-of-24 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown over the final three quarters. Nate Meier and Kenneth Boggs shared the workload in the backfield and combined for 25 carries and 94 yards. Clayton Moore had a big day in the return game with 152 yards on three kickoff returns. Ben Muff led the defense with 5.5 tackles and both Justin Malleck and Garrett Borcher registered a sack.
Matt Franzen is in his eighth season as the Tigers' head coach and returns 14 starters off a 2013 team that finished tied for fifth in the GPAC with a 5-4 conference record, 5-5 overall.
Junior Phil Hamburger returns under center for the Doane offense, completing 51% of his passes for 667 yards, six touchdowns and one touchdown last year. He also rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns. Kenny Boggs, now in his senior year, led the team with 484 rushing yards, averaging over five yards per carry. Both Moore (436 yards) and Meier (431 yards) also return in the Tigers' backfield. Doane returns three of its top four receivers from last year, led by Nolan Kawata with 22 catches for 260 yards. Two of the five starters return along their offensive line but they did lose All-American Dillon Carmichael, who graduated last spring.
Defensively, the Tigers have seven starters return from a 2013 team that gave up 350 yards of offense to their opponents. Senior JerSean Walder led the GPAC with six interceptions last season and is back to anchor the secondary. Junior safety Ben Muff joins him in the defensive backfield and had 46.5 tackles and two interceptions last season. Three starters along the defensive line are back, led by senior Cory Valasek who had 20 tackles last year.
Northwestern News and Notes...Coming off a bye week, 13th-ranked Northwestern looks to earn its first win of the 2014 season after losing to Bacone (Okla.) in the season opener played on Aug. 30.
The Red Raiders dominated the first half, leading 27-8, but Bacone rallied in the second half, outscoring NWC 33-6 to get the win. Northwestern had the advantage in total yards (376-178), first downs (22-11) but committed seven turnovers that led to all of the Warriors points. Jessie Riley and Paul Hutson combined for 150 rushing yards and averaged over four yards per carry to lead the Red Raider offense. Hutson reached the endzone twice. Braden Miltenberger threw for 141 yards and two scores and Ben Green totaled three catches for 24 yards and a score. Greg Hegstad led the Raider D with 9.5 tackles and both Brett Coston and Lawton DeJong recorded six tackles. Sam Van Ginkel had two sacks and scored the Red Raiders first touchdown off a fumble recovery.
Northwestern leads the NAIA in total defense and rush defense, giving up 178 yards and just 33 on the ground. Levi Ettleman is the top punter in the NAIA, averaging 51 yards over his three attempts.
Up Next...Northwestern plays it first road game next weekend as they play Dakota Wesleyan on Sept. 20 in Mitchell, S.D.
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