The Tigers trailed by 24 points after one quarter of play but were resilient in their effort to make a comeback on Saturday afternoon. Thirty-five unanswered points keyed the Tigers as they rallied for a 35-24 victory at Concordia for the first win of the season.
"We've learned to play through anything," said senior linebacker Simon Mitchell. "We had to continue on (despite the deficit) and it was going to come down to how we finished the game."
The Tigers got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter when JR Artozqui found Edward Cody for a 15-yard score. The point after attempt failed. The Tigers scored less than two minutes later when Artozqui hooked up with Alex Renshaw for a 72-yard touchdown reception to pull Doane within 11 points at 24-13.
The Tigers got things going again in the third quarter when Artozqui hooked up with Renshaw for a 64-yard touchdown reception.
Late in the third quarter, the Tigers took their first lead of the game when Cody returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown. Artozqui ran the point after try in for a two-point conversion and 28-24 Doane lead.
Doane sealed the game midway through the fourth quarter when Justin Nelson scored from three yards out. Nelson finished the day with 118 yards on 32 carries.
The Tiger defense stepped up big in the second half, allowing only 56 yards to the Bulldog offense. Concordia advanced to the Doane side of the field once on their last nine possessions. Mitchell collected nine total tackles for the Tiger defense and Lance Foster posted eight, including seven solo.
Doane will host Hastings College on November 4 in their final home game of the season.