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USF?s Explosive Offense Leads Way in Win Over Doane College

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Sioux Falls, SD- University of Sioux Falls quarterback Jon Eastman (Midvale, Utah) had a career day in a 66-13 win over Doane College (1-2 overall, 1-2 Great Plains Athletic Conference). The senior passed for 292 yards on 10 of 14 passing with five touchdowns.The Cougars stellar offensive performance was also highlighted by the first 100 yard rusher of the year with senior running back Chevon Walker (Fort Meyers, Fla.) taking eight carries for 103 yards for a rushing touchdown and also scoring on a 88 yard reception. The win increases USF’s (3-0 overall, 3-0 GPAC) nation-leading winning streak to 32 straight victories.In the first half it was senior Chevon Walker (Fort Meyers, Fla.) breaking tackles on two long plays to give USF a 14-0 lead. Walker broke out of a pack of Tigers on his first touchdown, scampering 34 yards to give the Cougar’s a 7-0 lead just one minute, five seconds into the game. Walker made a few more Tiger defenders miss on the following drive when he took a pass in the backfield 93 yards for a touchdown. The Cougar defense would force three-and-outs on the Tiger’s two ensuing drives, while Eastman drove the offense right down the field and recorded his second passing touchdown of the game on a swing pass to tight end Austin Vanhove (So.; Garretson, S.D.). Junior return specialist Adam Lopez (Gillette, Wyo.) would make the score 28-0 when he slipped a few defenders and sprinted 69 yards to the end zone. The Tiger offense would find their first points of the day late in the first quarter when quarterback Anthony Dunn leaned across the goal line for a one yard touchdown on a 12 play, 68 yard drive. Junior Kristian Porter (Hawarden, Iowa) helped the Cougars make the initial strike in the second quarter with a 31 yard rush followed by an 11 yard pass reception from Eastman for a touchdown. After the eight play, 70 yard drive, the Cougars held a commanding 35-6 lead with just two minutes expired in the second quarter. Eastman would pass for his fourth first-half touchdown with a 76 yard strike to a wide-open Jon Ryan (Sr.; Watertown, S.D.). Ryan finished the half with two receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns while Eastman had a seven for 10 passing performance for 222 yards and four touchdowns. Holding a 42-6 lead, sophomore kicker Braden Wieking (Sioux Falls, S.D.), tied his career long with a 44 yard field goal to make it the final-first half score of 45-6. The Tigers would threaten deep in USF territory, but Lopez would intercept the ball in the end zone to send the game to half time. The Tigers drew up a 12 play, 73 yard on the opening drive of the second half, capped by a one yard touchdown run by Tim Reed to make it 45-13. USF continued their offensive dominance with Eastman throwing for his fifth touchdown ,this time hitting Ryan in the end zone for the second time. Ryan finished the game with 104 yards receiving on three receptions, taking two to the end zone. After junior linebacker Brandon Anderson (Marion, S.D.) intercepted a Dunn pass on the following drive, USF would take the ball right down the field with sophomore Jordan Taylor (South Bend, Ind.) scoring his second touchdown of the year on a one yard plunge. USF, primarily playing with back-ups, scored the final touchdown of the game on Porter’s second rushing score of the game, making the final score 66-13. Porter finished with 57 rushing yards, two touchdowns and a additional 24 receiving yards and another touchdown. Junior receiver Tony Benedetto (Crystal Lake, Ill.) scored his first touchdown of the season on a two reception, 45 yard day.With nine total tackles senior linebacker Dominic Studzinski (Fort Atkinson, Wisc.) led the Cougars in tackles for the second game this season. USF will be back in action at NAIA No. 23 Hastings College (2-1 overall, 2-1 GPAC) on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

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