In a rivarly that could end after 70 meetings, the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers ranked 14th in Division II football, held off in-state rival Chadron State 35-21 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference showdown in Chadron.
The Lopers jumped out to a 28-0 lead only to see the Eagle roar back to pull to within seven after scoring 21 fourth quarter points. The Lopers capped off the win with an interception from sophomore Sam Kuck who took it back for a 38 yard touchdown in the final minute. The UNK defense picked off Chadron State five times.
In addition to the five picks, UNK’s defense held Chadron State to one net rushing yard. Chadron State’s Jonn McLain was picked off three times while going 24 of 43 and tossed two fourth quarter TD passes as starter Garrett Treffer was 7 of 11 with two picks for 85 yards.
UNK’s running back Rustin Dring rushed for 198 yards on 32 carries with two touchdowns. The Lopers remain undefeated in conference play winning their 14th straight RMAC game.