9th ranked Nebraska-Kearney won 56-31 over Western New Mexico for their 17th straight conference win. Wayne State had a 30 yard field goal attempt blocked with 31 seconds and the Wildcats lost at Upper Iowa 21-20. Chadron State rushed for 428 yards in their 38-7 win over Ft. Lewis and Nebraska-Omaha 48-27 winners over Pitt State.
UNK had to overcome early deficits of 17-0 and 24-7. Two turnovers on the Lopers (8-1, 7-0 RMAC) first two drives gave Western great field position and the Mustangs took advantage both times.
However, there was plenty of time remaining and UNK tallied over 50 points against the WNMU (3-6, 2-5 RMAC) defense for a fourth straight season. This also marks the third straight season the two teams combined to score over 85 points.
Wayne State highlights:
Down 21-14 with 1:37 to play in the third quarter, Wayne State’s Kevin Paulsen returned a kick 86 yards to the Upper Iowa three yard line. On the next play, Nick Pulscher scored on a three yard run to make the score 21-20, but the PAT kick was no good.
Upper Iowa’s defense clamped down on the Wildcats, stopping WSC on a 3rd and 7 at the Upper Iowa 14 yard line that forced a potential game winning field goal attempt of 30 yards by Nick Bell. But the Peacocks special teams came up big for a second time in the game, blocking the field goal with 31 seconds remaining to preserve Upper Iowa’s 21-20 upset win over the Wildcats.
Chadron State highlights:
Dominic Morris scored on runs of 64 and 74 yards and finished with 195 yards on just 10 carries, and Glen Clinton added 154 yards on 28 carries to help the Eagles improve to 6-3 on the season and 5-2 in the RMAC.
The Mavericks posted their first win over Pitt St. since 1972, thanks to Levi Terrell and James Franklin III each running for two touchdowns, and quarterback John Teigland passing for two more. Camren Torneden all ran a 94 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Mavs are now 4-5 overall and 4-3 in the MIAA.