Tigers Close Out Home Slate by Topping NWU
The Doane football team ended six years of frustration and dominated from start to finish in a 38-17 victory over rival Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon in Crete. The 38 points scored by the Tigers were the most against the Prairie Wolves in 16 years.
Doane jumped out early with a 38-yard field goal from Andrew Nielsen. Following a defensive stop, Doane dug into the playbook as Jeremiah Saffold took a lateral pass from Anthony Dunn and Saffold threw deep behind the Prairie Wolves defense to connect with Tyrone Curry for a 26-yard touchdown pass.
The ensuing kickoff was taken into Doane territory but Trevor Wit forced a fumble and Doane recovered. On the second play of the drive, Saffold ran an out and up route to beat the NWU defender and Dunn connected for a 64-yard strike and Doane led 17-0.
NWU came back with two scores to cut the Tiger lead to three, 17-14, but Dunn found Eamonn Feeney for a 17-yard strike to give Doane a 24-14 lead going into halftime.
NWU picked up a field goal to start the third quarter but Doane would come right back as it was Dunn's turn to hook up with Curry, a 41-yard touchdown as Doane went up 31-17. Michael Vargas closed out the scoring for Doane on Senior Day as the Tiger running back followed fellow senior Jake Ryba into the end zone and Doane closed out the game with the touchdown.
Doane finished with 471 yards of total offense while holding Nebraska Wesleyan to 288 yards. Dunn threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns while Saffold connected on two passes, the second coming off an intentional bounced lateral in which he caught on one hope and found Curry downfield.
Vargas finished the game with 95 rushing yards and the final touchdown. Through the air, Curry picked up nine receptions for 142 yards. Saffold caught eight passes for 123 yards.
Defensively, Vince Martinez led the Tigers with 10 total tackles. Joe Knott added six total tackles and an interception on the final play of the game. Doane posted six tackles for loss, picked up two turnovers and a sack.
Doane will close out the season at Dana on November 14.