|Northwestern (Iowa) (5-1)||0||17||0||7||24|
|Midland (Neb.) (4-2)||14||0||7||0||21|
|Northwestern (Iowa)||Indv. Leaders||Midland (Neb.)|
|#20 Kalogonis, J - 136||Rushing||#7 Nelson, Peyton - 34|
|#5 Kooima, Tyson - 262||Passing||#1 Cannon, Garry - 186|
|#11 TeBrink, Levi - 151||Receiving||#14 Seawell, Mike - 72|
|Northwestern (Iowa)||Team Statistics||Midland (Neb.)|
FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University got in their own way multiple times as their upset-bid attempt of No. 19-ranked Northwestern College came up just short on Saturday afternoon. The Red Raiders took the game by a score of 24-21 as they improved to 5-1, 3-1 GPAC. The Warriors fall to 4-2, 2-2 GPAC.
"It was a tough loss. We really thought we'd come in and play well today," coach Jeff Jamrog commented after close loss. "At times we did. We were up 14-0 and had a chance to go up 21-nothing. We were our worst enemy with all of the penalties. We've got to fix us. We made too many mistakes against a good, quality team. They are a very good football team."
Things looked good early as Midland got on the board first as Lukas Vopnford took a Garry Cannon screen pass 54 yards capping off a six play, 62 yard drive. Matt Stankoski would add the PAT as the Warriors led 7-0 at the 12:22 mark of the first.
Cannon would find Mike Seawell on a screen pass just over five minutes later. Seawell would take the pass up the home sideline 42 yards as Midland looked to be in control. Stankoski's extra point put the Warriors up 14-0. That's where the score stood at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter is when things started to shift as Midland accumulated five penalties on their first drive of the quarter. During that drive a pair of big plays were called back due to errors by the Warriors. First a 21 yard rush by Cannon was brought back for a hold and then on a third and 12, Cannon's 64 yard pass to Seawell that would have put the Warriors up 20-0 was negated for a personal foul penalty.
Northwestern would seize the momentum after that as they would score three plays later to cut the Midland lead in half, 14-7.
Then with 1:34 left in the half the Red Raiders would cut the lead to four as they scored on a 37 yard field goal that hit the right post and bounced in.
Bad luck struck on Midland's ensuing possession as the Red Raiders would force a fumble and recover the ball at the Midland 15 yard line. Two plays later Northwestern had their first lead after a 10 yard rush by their quarterback and a successful PAT.
At the half Midland trailed Northwestern 17-14. The Warriors had nine penalties for 86 yards in the first 30 minutes of action as well as the late fumble.
In the third, Midland would regain the lead at the 2:21 mark as Payton Nelson, who split time with Cannon at quarterback, scampered into the end zone from 13 yards out. Stankoski would connect on his third PAT of the day as the Warriors led 21-17.
After each team's first possession of the final quarter stalled, Northwestern was able to go on a seven play 49 yard drive after a short punt by the Warriors. The Red Raiders took the lead 24-21 with 8:51 left in the game and that was all they would need to win the game.
Cannon would lead the Warriors with 186 yards passing with a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter. Nelson had 55 yards through the air and led the team with 34 yards rushing and a score.
Defensively, Wyatt Tremayne had eight tackles on the day to lead the team. He also had one of two fumble recoveries. Ashton Ellis had the other. Taylor Syvertsen had the third Midland takeaway, an interception in the first half.
Midland will be on the road this next week as they travel to take on Concordia (2-3, 1-2 GPAC). Kickoff between the Warriors and the Bulldogs is set for 1:00 p.m. in Seward, Nebraska.