Tigers Execute on Both Sides of the Ball
Doane snapped a four-game losing streak with a 43-0 victory at Dordt College on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center, Iowa. The win was Doane's first on the road since 2006 and their first road shutout since 2003.
Dustin Groteluschen got the Tigers on the board with a 20-yard field with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter. He followed up with a 41-yard field goal to give Doane a 6-0 lead in the second quarter. The Tiger defense got on the board with a safety with 5:34 remaining before halftime.
After Doane took the free punt from Dordt at the 50 yard line, Alex Hall ran 47 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the drive to give Doane a 15-0 lead going into halftime.
In the third quarter, D'Artagnan Dai'Re scored his first of two touchdowns with a 20-yard run to put Doane up 22-0. Michael Vargas increased the lead with a three-yard scamper. In the fourth quarter, JR Artozqui hooked up with Dai'Re for a 56-yard touchdown reception and with Jeremiah Saffold for a 66-yard touchdown catch.
For the game, Doane posted 502 total yards in offense. The offensive line clear the way for 307 rushing yards. Jaremy Puthoff finished with 132 yards on the ground, an average of 5.3 per carry. He is the first Tiger to go over the century mark this season.
Through the air, the Tiger quarterbacks combined to go 10-of-16 for 195 yards. Anthony Dunn completed seven passes while Artozqui completed three. Blake Erickson collected three receptions for 24 yards. Saffold posted two grabs for 82 yards.
The Tiger defense saw four players finish with seven total tackles each. Seth Styskal, Josh Warren, Ryan Gruntorad and Ben Kosse led the way. Styskal, Warren and Gruntorad each posted a tackle for loss while Kosse had a fumble recovery.
The defense held Dordt to 189 yards of total offense. Doane forced two turnovers as Zach Brenner came away with a 29-yard interception return in addition to Kosse's fumble recovery and Doane collected three sacks.
Doane will host nationally ranked Morningside College on November 1 at 1:00 PM.