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@ Briar Cliff
@ Briar Cliff
@ Briar Cliff
@ Briar Cliff
@ Briar Cliff
Game Time...Northwestern College looks to stay unbeaten in conference play as they host Briar Cliff in a GPAC match-up on Saturday, Oct. 11. Kickoff on Korver Field at DeValois Stadium is scheduled for 11am. Northwestern, ranked 13th in the NAIA, is 3-0 in the GPAC and 3-1 overall. Briar Cliff is 1-3 in the conference and 1-4 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or listen to the game via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern is 11-0 all-time against Briar Cliff in a rivalry that began in the 2003 season.
Last Year...Northwestern rushed for 258 yards in earning a 24-17 road win over Briar Cliff last year in Vermillion, S.D.
Both Theo Bartman and Paul Hutson rushed for over 100 yards and Jessie Riley scored the eventual game-winning touchdown from 2-yards out early in the fourth quarter. Bartman totaled 130 yards on 22 carries and Hutson carried the ball 18 times for 116 yards, averaging over six yards per attempt.
Northwestern led 14-7 at the half following a 19-yard touchdown pass from Davis Bloemendaal to Ben Green with 2:05 left in the second quarter. The teams traded field goals in the third quarter to make the score 17-10 heading into the fourth quarter. Riley put the Red Raiders up 24-10 with a touchdown run at the 11:44 mark of the final quarter. Briar Cliff made it a one score game when Bret Van Muyden caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Van Egdom at the two-minute mark. Northwestern recovered the ensuing onside kick and held off the Chargers to get its third win of the season.
Bloemendaal completed 10-of-23 passes for 111 yards and two scores. Green caught four passes for 55 yards and a score while Bartman added a 15-yard touchdown reception. Both Isaiah Twitty and Greg Hegstad had 8.5 tackles and the Raider D totaled three sacks and forced four BCU turnovers.
Briar Cliff totaled 414 yards of offense, led by Van Egdom who completed 29-of-51 passes for 329 yards and a couple of touchdowns. Van Muyden was the top target, catching 12 passes for 140 yards and a score. Mitch Heikes led the ground game with 26 carries for 93 yards and Kenny Hanes led the defensive effort with 8.5 stops.
Scouting Briar Cliff...After an 0-3 start to the season, the Chargers have split their last two games and bring a 1-3 GPAC record, 1-4 overall mark into Saturday's contest. They opened the year with losses to Benedictine (Kan.), Dakota Wesleyan and Nebraska Wesleyan but defeated Dordt 35-20 on Sept. 27. Last week, Briar Cliff lost to Hastings 59-46 in one of the highest scoring games of they year.
Tom Rethman is in his seventh season as the BCU head coach and returns 16 starters off a 2013 team that finished 3-6 in the GPAC, 4-7 overall. They tied Midland for seventh place in the GPAC and were picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll.
Offensively, Briar Cliff ranks sixth in the GPAC in scoring (25.6) and are fifth in both passing (263ypg) and total offense (415ypg). Kevin Van Egdom returns under center for BCU after earning all-conference honors last year. The junior has completed 47% of his pass attempts for 1,314 yards and 10 touchdowns against six interceptions. Senior wide receiver Bret Van Muyden, a second team all-GPAC pick in 2013, leads a talented cast of receivers with 24 catches for 368 yards and one score. Tyler McGhee has 19 catches for 477 yards and five touchdowns, ranking fifth in the GPAC in receiving yards. Mitch Heikes leads an improved BCU ground game with 562 yards on 115 carries and three scores. He ranks 11th in the NAIA in yards per game. Despite having three new starters along the o-line, BCU is among the NAIA's best in protecting the quarterback, giving up just two sacks per game.
On defense, Briar Cliff is giving up 33 points and 390 yards per game. The Chargers return seven starters on its defense, led by All-American Steven Trujillo, who ranks second on the team with 40 tackles. The senior also leads the team with two interceptions. Kenny Hanes leads the team with 50 tackles from his safety position and defensive ends Matt Miller land Tyler Dean lead the Chargers with three sacks each.
Northwestern News and Notes...Since dropping the first game of the season to Bacone (Okla.), Northwestern has won three straight, all in conference play. The Red Raiders have climbed back up to 13th in this week's NAIA coaches' poll and are 3-0 in the GPAC, 4-1 overall.
The Red Raiders are eighth in the GPAC both in scoring (23.2ppg) and total offense (295.0ypg). They feature a balanced attack that averages 135 rushing yards and 160 passing yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Craig Bruinsma directs the Red Raider offense and has completed 49% of his passes (44/89) for 498 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions. His top target, Ben Green, is coming off back-to-back 100-yard receiving games and leads the team with 21 catches for 314 yards and four scores. Jessie Riley leads the Northwestern backfield with 81 carries for 278 yards and two touchdowns. Paul Hutson has 195 yards on 46 attempts and is tied with Green for the team lead with four scores. The Red Raiders offensive line has given up 12 sacks this season.
The Raider D has been among the NAIA' best so far this season, ranking fifth in scoring (14.5), sixth in rushing (81.8) and third in overall/total defense (225.5ypg). They have forced 12 turnovers and are second in the nation with 17 sacks. Greg Hegstad leads the defense with 28.5 total stops to go with two sacks. Brett Coston has 19 tackles and Lawton DeJong is among the leaders among defensive linemen with 17.5 tackles and four sacks. Sam Van Ginkel ranks seventh in the NAIA with 5.5 sacks and Justin Wohlert is second in the NAIA with six interceptions and leads the nation with 14 passes defended.
Up Next...Northwestern heads on the road next weekend as they play Concordia in Seward, Neb. on Oct. 18 at 1pm.
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