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Third Quarter Run Stops Tigers

Third Quarter Run Stops Tigers

The Tiger football team held tough in the season opener against No. 5 Morningside College but an explosive third quarter by the Mustangs proved to be the difference in a 40-7 loss for Doane.

The Tigers held the Mustangs in check throughout the first half. Morningside got on the board with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter on a three-yard run by Mike McNulty. CJ Gradoville missed the extra point attempt. Gradoville added a 47-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining in the first quarter to close out the first half scoring.

Doane had two scoring opportunities in the first half but drives ended in Morningside territory on a missed field goal and an interception.

In the third quarter, Morningside had four possessions and each ended in a touchdown as the Mustangs out-scored Doane 28-0 in the quarter. The Mustangs added a field goals to go up 40 before the Tigers got on the board.

Tim Reed broke a 40-yard run with 5:25 remaining in the fourth to give the Tigers their first points of the season. Andrew Nielsen added the extra point.

For the game, Morningside had 490 yards in total offense compared to Doane's 238. A year ago, Morningside put up 618 total yards to go with their 78 points.

A key to the game was third down conversions where Morningside was 10-of-16, 5-of-5 in the third quarter. Doane went 3-of-14 on third down and 0-of-2 on fourth down. Morningside was plus-1 in turnover margin as Doane had two interceptions to Morningside's one fumble.

Reed led the Tiger rushing attack with 60 yards on eight carries. Jaremy Puthoff added 22 yards on seven carries.

Anthony Dunn threw for 184 yards on 14 completions. Reid Rando completed one pass for six yards. Jeremiah Saffold posted 111 yards receiving on eight receptions. Blake Erickson added a 37-yard reception in the game.

Defensively, Dalton Ryba posted 11 total tackles to lead Doane. Ryan Gruntorad added 10 total tackles, five solo. Clayton Kolling added eight total tackles, five solo, a sack and a fumble recovery. Cason Christensen added a sack in seven total tackles. Doane did not record a sack last year at Morningside.

The Mustangs received 134 rushing yards from McNulty. Chris Stutzriem completed 17 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns. Ben Haugen posted seven total tackles and a sack. Colby Henderson had five solo tackles and an interception for Morningside.

Doane will host Dordt College on September 11.