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MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University football team came up just short in its bid to stay in first in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Saturday against Doane College, but wide receiver Anthony Muilenburg had a career day.


The Tigers lost 33-28 to Doane after the Doane Tigers scored on a last-minute drive and DWU’s final pass of the game fell incomplete, but Muilenburg, a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D., set two school records and played a huge role in its late comeback. For his performance, he has been named one of six offensive players-of-the-week by Beyond Sports Network.


Muilenburg caught 12 passes for a school-record 233 yards Saturday. Three of those were touchdown catches, and all three came in the fourth quarter to help the Tigers go from a 27-10 deficit to a 28-27 lead with 2:30 left to play. Muilenburg’s first touchdown catch was a 99-yard pass from quarterback Jon Bane that set the record for longest touchdown in school history. He also had touchdown catches of 14 and seven yards.


After his career day Saturday, Muilenburg leads the GPAC in receptions (7.43), receiving yards (101.9) and scoring (11.1) per game. He is second in the NAIA in receiving yards and third in scoring and receptions per game. After the loss, the Tigers, who were ranked No. 19 in the NAIA, fell to No. 23. Doane moved up one spot from No. 18 to No. 17.


Muilenburg was one of six offense players from around the NAIA to be honored by BSN. Doane quarterback Anthony Dunn was honored after becoming the Tigers’ all-time leader in passing yards in a career. Lindsey Wilson’s Branden Cresap (QB), Carroll’s Chance Demarias (RB), Campbellsville’s Wayne Coffee (RB) and Faulkner’s Courtney Pete (WR) were also honored.


The BSN is a sports media site that features colleges and players from the FCS, NCAA Division II and III and the NAIA. Each week, the BSN names one offensive line and one defensive line of the week, along with six individual offensive players, five defensive players and four special teams athletes from each level of football.


Dakota Wesleyan is back in action Saturday, Oct. 29, when it travels to Orange City, Iowa, to take on Northwestern College.


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