Wayne State College snapped a 10-game losing streak to Nebraska-Kearney with a 28-12 win Saturday afternoon over the Lopers in Kearney.
The win was the first over a UNK football team since 1996 when WSC beat the Lopers in Wayne 43-14 and it also marks the first season-opening win for Wayne State since 1996 when they won at Emporia State 50-38. It also marks the first win in Kearney for a WSC football team since 1993. when the ‘Cats beat UNK 28-9.
WSC fumbled the ball on their first play from scrimmage to start the game and the host Lopers recovered at the WSC 24-yard line. UNK’s Geoff Carnahan booted a 24-yard field goal to give the Lopers an early 3-0 lead with 11:47 left in the first quarter. The Lopers added another field goal on their second possession later in the quarter as Carnahan connected on a 53-yard field goal to put UNK in front 6-0 with 9:16 to go in the first quarter.
With WSC at their own 46-yard line, Eric Meyer rushed for two yards and fumbled the ball, but WSC junior quarterback Silas Fluellen picked up the loose ball and scampered 50 yards for a touchdown to put Wayne State in front 7-6 with 6:32 remaining in the first half.
In the second half, the Wilcats scored on their first two possessions, one following a UNK turnover, and the other after forcing UNK to punt on their first possession in the second half.
UNK would not go away as the Lopers came back early in the fourth quarter as redshirt freshman quarterback Bobby Adamson scored on a three-yard run to cap a six-play, 41 yard drive to cut the Wildcat lead to 21-12 with 13:24 to play in the game.
However, WSC responded on the ensuing drive and drove 80 yards on 11 plays over 4:59 to extend the lead as Rhone found the end zone on a 15-yard run with 8:25 left to make the score 28-12.
Wayne State finished the game with 467 yards of total offense while holding UNK to just 212 yards. The Wildcats rushed for 302 yards while adding another 165 through the air while UNK gained 80 yards rushing and another 132 passing. WSC quarterback Silas Fluellen accounted for 295 yards of total offense in the win, completing 15 of 23 passes for 165 yards while rushing for 130 yards on just six attempts and two scores.