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Game Time...#8 Northwestern heads to Hastings, Neb. to play the Broncos in a GPAC football match-up on Saturday, Nov. 1. Kickoff on Lloyd Wilson Field is scheduled for 1pm. The Red Raiders have won six straight games and is one of two undefeated teams left in the GPAC at 6-0, 6-1 overall. Hastings is alone in fifth place in the GPAC with a 3-3 record, 4-3 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the Hastings broadcast at this link: Watch Now! or listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at this link: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern owns a 15-10 all-time advantage in the season series dating back to the 1986 season. The Red Raiders have won the last seven match-ups and are 8-2 over the last 10.
Last year...Davis Bloemendaal threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Brice Byker with two minutes left as Northwestern held off the Broncos' upset bid 31-28 in a game played on Nov. 2 in Orange City, Iowa.
Down 28-17 with 12 minutes left to play, Northwestern rallied with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to earn the win. Bloemendaal first hooked up with Theo Bartman for a 22-yard scoring strike with seven minutes to go to make it a one score game. He then found Byker for a long touchdown pass for the game winning score five minutes later.
Northwestern accounted for 471 yards of total offense, led by Bloemendaal who threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns despite being sacked seven times. Byker totaled seven catches for 118 yards and two scores while Bartman rushed for 56 yards and a score to go with his receiving TD. Isaiah Twitty led the Raider D with seven tackles and Court Ecklund totaled six stops and one sack.
Hastings gained 311 yards of total offense, led by quarterback Matt Overmiller with 232 passing yards and three scores. Nate Arlt rushed 17 times for 59 yards and one score and Austin Curlee had a team-high seven catches for 59 yards. Joel Grafel led the Broncos defense with 10.5 tackles and three sacks.
Scouting Hastings...The Broncos stand alone in the middle of the conference standings, in fifth place with a 3-3 record, 4-3 overall. They have wins over Kansas Wesleyan, Concordia, Briar Cliff and Midland and losses to Doane, Dakota Wesleyan and Morningside. Hastings is 2-1 over its last three games.
Tony Harper is in his fourth season as the Broncos head coach and returns 16 starters off a 2013 team that finished ninth in the conference with a 1-8 record, 2-8 overall.
The Broncos boast one of the top offenses in the NAIA, ranking eighth in scoring (41ppg) and sixth in yards (466ypg). They return eight starters and feature a balanced attack, averaging 205 rushing yards and 260 passing yards. Quarterback Matt Overmiller
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Up Next...Northwestern will play its second straight road game next week as they head to Sioux City, Iowa, to play top-ranked Morningside.
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