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@ Dakota Wesleyan
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@ Dakota Wesleyan
Game Time...Northwestern College heads to play Dakota Wesleyan for its first road game of the 2014 season in a GPAC match-up between ranked teams. 18th-ranked Northwestern is 1-0 in the GPAC, 1-1 overall, while Dakota Wesleyan is ranked 15th with a perfect 2-0 record, 1-0 in conference play. Listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern is 12-2 all-time against DWU in a rivalry that began in 2000. The Red Raiders have won the last four match-ups, outscoring DWU 140-65 during that span. Dakota Wesleyan last defeated Northwestern 13-10 in the final game of the 2009 season.
Last Year...Northwestern held off a big fourth-quarter rally to defeat DWU 49-42 in the Red Raiders' home opener last season.
The teams combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense but the game's outcome came down to a last-second goal-line stand by the Red Raider defense that stopped DWU's incredible comeback.
Trailing 42-28 heading into the final quarter, DWU scored 14 straight points and was driving again, getting down to the NWC one-yard line with five seconds left. The Tigers' then spiked the ball to stop the clock and then gave the ball to running back Francois Barnaud, who was stopped for no gain by Isaiah Twitty and Jermaine Ambrose as time expired.
Davis Bloemendaal completed 21-of-34 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns while Ben Green caught five passes for 74 yards and two scores while throwing for an additional touchdown. Theo Bartman led the rushing attack with 22 carries for 122 yards and a score. Twitty led the Raider D with nine tackles and Sam Van Ginkel totaled 3.5 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery that he returned eight yards for a touchdown.
DWU was led by quarterback Jon Bane who completed 21-of-44 passes for 444 yards and three touchdowns. Anthony Muilenburg totaled six catches for 251 yards and two touchdowns and Barnaud added 29 carries for 83 yards and three scores. Jared Van Winkle was the top player on defense with 10.5 stops and Brady Bonte had eight tackles.
Scouting DWU...The Tigers are off to a 2-0 start to the season and moved up to 15th in this week's coaches' poll. They earned a 23-19 come-from-behind win over the University of Wisconsin-Stout in week one and then opened GPAC play with a 27-16 home victory over Briar Cliff last weekend.
Ross Cimpl is in his third season as the Tigers' head coach and is 16-7 all-time heading into the weekend. He returns 15 starters off a 2013 team that finished tied with Northwestern for second in the GPAC at 7-2, 8-3 overall. They closed the 2013 season ranked 20th in the NAIA coaches' poll.
Dakota Wesleyan is tied for fifth in the GPAC in scoring offense (25ppg) and third in total offense, averaging 417 yards per game. They rank third in the conference in rushing (236 yards per game), led by senior Francois Barnaud, who leads the NAIA in rushing. Barnaud, a first team all-GPAC selection in 2013, has 442 yards on 56 attempts, averaging nearly eight yards per carry, to go with four touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Dillon Turner directs a Tigers' passing attack that ranks seventh in the GPAC (181 yards per game). In two games, Turner has completed 64% of his passes for 203 yards and one interception. He also is second on the team in rushing, totaling 29 carries for 72 yards and two scores. Sophomore Alex Robertson is the top wide receiver with 11 catches for 140 yards while another sophomore, Kodi Larson, has eight catches for 111 yards. DWU returns a pair of all-conference offensive linemen in Jake Verry and Kyle Hencke. Collectively, the o-line is last in the GPAC in giving up 12 sacks in two games.
Defensively, DWU ranks 12th in the NAIA in points given up (17.5) and has been especially tough against the run, giving up just 96.5 rushing yards per game. They are ninth in the GPAC against the pass and rank fifth in total defense (348 yards per game). DWU returns three linebackers that earned all-conference honors, led by first team all-GPAC and BSN All-American Brady Bonte. Bonte has 13 tackles in two games this season and is joined by Anthony Cervantes and Jeff Maassen who have 15 and 14 stops, respectively. Junior defensive back Tanner Munk, an honorable mention all-conference pick last year, has a team-high 18 tackles and one interception.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders dropped to 18th in this week's poll after being ranked 13th in the preseason. They are 1-1 this season, losing to Bacone (Okla.) in week one but defeated Doane 17-10 in overtime to open GPAC play last week.
Offensively, Northwestern is tied for fifth in the GPAC in points per game (25) and ranking seventh in the GPAC in total yards (298 per game). Junior Jessie Riley leads Northwestern with 164 yards of total offense, ranking sixth in the GPAC in rushing yards per game (82). He also leads the team with eight catches for 77 yards. Sophomore Paul Hutson was 30 carries for 91 yards and two scores to go with five catches for 58 yards. Craig Bruinsma will make his second career start under center and has completed 44% of his passes for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception this season. Senior Ben Green, a first team all-conference pick last year, has six catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Levi Ettleman has five catches for 49 yards and a score while also averaging 42 yards per punt attempt.
The Raider D ranks sixth in the NAIA in yards (256 per game) and is giving up 25 points per game. They are third against the run (115ypg) and second against the pass (141.5). Senior linebacker Greg Hegstad leads the GPAC with 22 tackles, including five for a loss. Brett Coston, another senior linebacker, has 12 tackles and junior Lawton DeJong leads all linemen with nine stops. DeJong has 1.5 sacks and Sam Van Ginkel, an All-American last year, has two sacks and a fumble recovery. Justin Wohlert leads the secondary with two interceptions and eight passes defended.
Up Next...Northwestern will head on the road for the second straight weekend as they play Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1pm in Lincoln, Neb.
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