Wayne State held Nebraska-Kearney inside the Wildcat 10-yard line in the final 10 seconds to win a thrilling 21-16 non-conference football game over the Lopers Saturday evening in Wayne at Cunningham Field.
Wayne State’s Mario Melvin ran 82 yards down to the three, but senior quarterback Silas Fluellen was picked off by UNK’s Eric Scheele to stop the early scoring threat. Later in the first quarter, UNK struck first as Rustin Dring scored from one yard out to cap a seven play, 68 yard drive to put the Lopers in front 7-0. On the ensuing kickoff Wayne State’s Frederick Bruno rambled 90 yards for the score to even the contest at 7-7 with 3:33 left in the first quarter.
UNK responded on the next drive as Jordan Alegria booted a 48-yard field goal to give the Lopers a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Wayne State’s Nick Hope was wide right on a 36-yard field goal with 10:51 to play in the half and UNK’s Alegria was wide right on a 37-yard attempt with two seconds to play in the first half as UNK held a 10-7 lead at the intermission.
Wayne State took their first lead of the game with 3:36 to play in the third quarter when Silas Fluellen found Frederick Bruno on a 50-yard scoring play to put the Wildcats ahead 14-10. UNK came back with a drive of 90 yards on nine plays midway through the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 21-16 after Jake Spitzlberger connected with Shane Carraher on a eight-yard scoring play. The two point pass failed to keep the score 21-16.
After UNK forced WSC to punt, the Lopers drove from their own 36 yard line with 2:07 to play and marched to the WSC four yard line. The big play of the drive was a 37-yard pass from Spitzlberger to Brendan Leiss. UNK, without any timeouts, had the ball first and goal at the WSC nine and got as close as the four yard line. A false start penalty pushed the ball back to the nine yard line and two incomplete passes to Tyrone Hilton on third down and an incomplete pass on fourth down to Kyle Kaiser in the left corner of the end zone stopped the UNK drive and Wayne State held on for the exciting win.
Story courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.