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Tigers Down NWU and move to 4-0

Jeremiah Saffold

The Doane football team picked up their toughest road victory so far this season with a 27-3 triumph Saturday over Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln. The victory moved Doane to 4-0 on the year and 3-0 in the GPAC.
Doane, ranked No. 21 in the NAIA going into the matchup, played a defensive battle in the first half with three field goals. Doane's Andrew Nielsen put the Tigers on the board with a 22-yard field goal late in the first quarter. Nielsen added a 30-yard field goal with 4:02 left before the half.

Early in the second half, Doane took a possession at the NWU 48. Dunn completed 4-of-5 passes, including a 25-yard pass to Jeremiah Saffold for a touchdown.

On the next NWU drive, Nathan Wragge forced a fumble that was recovered by Jeremy Wallace. The Tigers took advantage as Dunn found Tyler Davis for a 10-yard strike to go up 20-3.

A couple of drives later, Dalton Ryba intercepted quarterback Jeremy Belk and brought it back to the NWU 20. Dunn found Tyrone Curry on the first play for a 20-yard touchdown strike to close the scoring and give Doane a 27-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.

"We went from a 6-3 game where anything could happen to forcing a few turnovers, taking advantage of them and pulling away," Tiger Head Coach Matt Franzen commented. "It all happened so fast."

In the third quarter alone, Dunn completed 9-of-15 for 116 yards and three touchdowns.

The fourth quarter saw the Tiger defense continue their domination. The last three NWU drives ended either by a turnover or missed fourth down conversion.

Doane held Nebraska Wesleyan to 130 yards in the game and just 50 yards in the second half and 13 yards in the fourth quarter. Offensively, Doane was very balanced with 46 rushing attempts and 43 passes. The offense totaled 447 yards in the game and 297 through the air.

"We wanted to be 50/50 with the pass and run," Franzen said of the game plan going in. "We lost Alex Dose early but were able to get a good running effort from Clayton Moore and Tyler Davis."

Doane will take on No. 9 Midland University on October 1 in the Homecoming game.