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Miscues Haunt Red Raiders In Loss At Dakota Wesleyan

Miscues proved to be the Red Raiders' undoing in their 44-27 loss at No. 15 Dakota Wesleyan in a conference match-up played today at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell, S.D. 

The loss snaps the Red Raiders' three-game win streak and drops them to 3-2 in the GPAC, 3-4 overall. DWU improves to 4-1 in the GPAC and stays in the hunt for the conference title with three games left in the regular season. They are 6-2 overall. 

Northwestern gained over 400 yards of offense for the fourth consecutive game but could not overcome four turnovers that led to 20 DWU points. The Red Raiders also totaled 10 penalties and gave up four sacks at the hands of the Tigers' defense. 

Craig Bruinsma, who replaced injured starter Jonathan Kodama in the third quarter, completed 15-of-30 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. T.J. Spykstra recorded his fourth straight 100-yard receiving game, totaling eight catches for 142 yards and his team-leading sixth touchdown of the season. Jacob Kalogonis also accounted for eight catches for 62 yards while pacing the rushing attack with 19 carries for 90 yards and a score. 

In a match-up featuring two of the top scoring offenses in the GPAC, it was defense that put the first points on the board as DWU forced and recovered a Kodama fumble in the endzone for a 7-0 lead at the nine-minute mark of the first quarter. Northwestern tied the game two drive later when Kalogonis capped a two-play, 80-yard drive with a 22-yard run at the 4-minute mark. Kodama hooked up with Spykstra for a 58-yard pass and catch to help set up the score.

Tied at seven early in the second quarter, DWU forced its second Red Raider turnover as Brady Mudder sacked and forced a Kodama fumble that was recovered by Cody Ratermann. DWU capitalized on the very next play as Dillon Turner found Dustin Livingston for a 32-yard touchdown pass at the 12-minute mark. 

The Raider D came up with a big play to help set up the next score as Logan Richard intercepted a DWU pass at the Tigers' 46-yard line. Three plays later, J.C. Koerselman took it in from six yards out to make it 14-13 after the extra-point was no good.

Dakota Wesleyan closed the half with 14 straight points, scoring on long pass plays from Turner to Kodi Larson and Hayden Adams for a 28-13 halftime advantage.

The Tigers added a 22-yard field goal by Gus Haskell with two minutes to go in the third quarter and then added a special teams touchdown when Tyrel Haley recovered a bad snap from a punt attempt in the endzone to lead 37-13 early in the fourth quarter.

Bruinsma, however, rallied Northwestern, scoring back-to-back touchdowns to make it a 10-point game, 37-27. He hooked up with Spykstra for a 2-yard touchdown, capping an impressive 14-play, 79 yard drive, and converted the 2-point conversion to Levi Ettleman. The Raider D forced a DWU 3-and-out and Bruinsma marched NWC 82 yards on five plays, capped by a 34-yard scoring strike to Koerselman. 

Dakota Wesleyan clinched the game with a late touchdown pass from Turner,his fourth of the game, to Adams once again with 2:24 left to play. 

The Red Raiders gained 60 yards on the ground and 349 yards through the air. Kodama completed 13-of-30 passes for 181 yards before exiting in the third quarter. 

Donovan Weldon led the Raider D with six tackles and three players, Josh Treybal, Tanner Machacek and Nick Acoba, totaled 5.5 stops. Blake Eichmann broke up three passes and registered three tackles.

Dakota Wesleyan gained 477 yards of offense, 103 rush and 374 passing. Turner completed 23-of-39 passes for 374 yards and four touchdowns and Adams had nine catches for 110 yards and two scores. 

Northwestern will host Midland on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1pm.

Craig Bruinsma

# 6 | Quarterback
Senior from Norco, Calif.

T.J. Spykstra

# 4 | Wide Receiver
Junior from Aurora, Colo.

Josh Treybal

# 6 | Defensive Line
Senior from Hartley, Iowa

Levi Ettleman

# 82 | Tight End/Punter
Senior from Logan, Iowa

J.C. Koerselman

# 8 | Tight End
Junior from Boyden, Iowa

Blake Eichmann

# 27 | Defensive Back
Junior from Rock Valley, Iowa

Nick Acoba

# 1 | Defensive End
Senior from Kahuku, Hawaii

Logan Richard

# 19 | Defensive Back
Sophomore from Holstein, Iowa

Jonathan Kodama

# 7 | Quarterback
Senior from Sacramento, Calif.

Tanner Machacek

# 25 | Linebacker
Freshman from Sioux Falls, S.D.

Jacob Kalogonis

# 15 | Running Back
Freshman from Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

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