Tigers Rally For Stunning Win At Northwestern

27-Point 4th Quarter Lifts Dakota Wesleyan To 27-17 Win

Northwestern College lost to Dakota Wesleyan 27-17 in a match-up between ranked teams played this afternoon on Korver Field in Orange City, Iowa.

Northwestern, ranked 15th in this week’s coaches’ poll, drops to 3-3 in the GPAC, 4-3 overall. 21st-ranked Dakota Wesleyan improves to 4-2 in the GPAC, 6-2 overall.

The Red Raiders used a dominant effort on defense to get out to a 10-0 lead by the start of the fourth quarter. Dakota Wesleyan, however, erupted for 27 points in a span of just over six minutes to take control of the game, 27-10, with 7:30 left in the contest. Northwestern added a late touchdown but fell short when the final horn sounded.

The visiting Tigers’ began their rally late in the third quarter on a 15-play, 65-yard drive that they capped with a five-yard touchdown pass from Dillon Turner to Hayden Adams with 13:55 left in the game. On the ensuing Northwestern possession, DWU defensive back Cody Reder intercepted a Craig Bruinsma pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown to take its first lead, 14-10.

Following a Northwestern 3-and-out deep in its own territory, DWU, taking advantage of great field position, scored on its first play when Turner and Adams hooked up again, this time for a 25-yard touchdown pass and catch with 11:42 left to go. The Tigers’ defense forced another NWC three-and-out, recording back-to-back sacks on second and third down, and gave the ball back to their offense at the Red Raider 36-yard line. Five plays later, Turner threw his third scoring pass to Adams, this time from 18 yards, to give the visitors a commanding 27-10 lead.

Jessie Riley scored on a one-yard run on the Red Raiders next offensive series, set up by a long completion from Bruinsma to T.J. Spykstra, but the ensuing onside kick was recovered by DWU, sealing the road win for the Tigers.

Both defenses dictated play all game long as the teams combined for 21 punts and 11 sacks. Northwestern totaled 11 first downs and 223 yards of offense, led by Bruinsma who completed 20-of-39 passes for 196 yards and two interceptions. Jessie Riley led a NWC rushing offense, held in check by the DWU defense, with 14 carries for 36 yards and two scores. Sam Rall caught eight passes for 70 yards and T.J. Spykstra totaled a career-best six catches for 92 yards.

The Raider D gave up 282 yards, registered five sacks and forced DWU into a pair of turnovers that helped lead to 10 points by the offense. Sam Van Ginkel posted 9.5 tackles, one forced fumble and combined for a sack. Andrew Powell totaled nine stops 

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