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Dakota Wesleyan University
Football - Sun, Oct. 6, 2013

October 5, 2013

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) outrushed Dakota State (S.D.) 298-149 Saturday night at the Trojan Field to earn a 23-14 non-conference victory, despite a total of 235 penalties yards recorded in the game.

Dakota State dropped their overall record to 1-5.  Dakota Wesleyan, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, raised their record to 3-2.  DWU owns the series 36-30-1 (series began in 1908), which both teams were former members of the South Dakota Intercollege Conference (SDIC).

DWU's Mitch Breen fumbled the opening kickoff as DSU's Spencer Carlson recovered the ball on the DWU 37-yard line.  Four plays later, DSU committed a turnover as Cole Whisenhunt fumbled the ball on the DWU's 15-yard line with 13:03 remaining in the first quarter.

The Tigers marched on the field and used 14 plays for 85 yards in 6:37 to earn the first touchdown of the game.  Francois Barnaud rushed for a six-yard touchdown to give DWU a 6-0 lead.  Dan Porter added a PAT kick to make it 7-0 in favor of the Tigers.  DWU had six first-downs in the scoring drive.

After DWU suffered their second fumble lost in the game late first quarter (recovered by Hank Tolleson on DWU's 44-yardline), the Trojans answered back to tie the game.  With a fourth-and-one situation on DWU's 24-yardline, the Tigers were whistled for an encroachment to give DSU a first-down and set up a scoring opportunity.  Whisenhunt rushed for a 2-yard touchdown on a third-and-goal in the early second quarter.  Tanner Hubbard's PAT kick was successful as DSU tied the game at 7-7 with 14:19 left before intermission.

The Trojans could not convert their scoring opportunity as the game near halftime.  DWU was committed for three 15-yard penalties, giving three automatic first-downs for the Trojans.  DSU started their drive with 5:26 left on their own 13-yardline.  The Tigers were whistled for two 15-yard penalties on the same play, moving the ball on DWU's 49-yardline.

Facing a fourth-and-six situation on DWU's 45-yardline, the Trojans were forced to punt.  However, a 15-yard personal foul running into the kicker committed by the Tigers gave DSU another automatic first-down to the DWU's 30-yardline.

Dakota Wesleyan's defense prevented the Trojans from scoring as DSU turned on downs on DWU's 34-yardline with less than 30 seconds before halftime.

Both teams knotted the game at 7-7 by intermission.

After DSU went three-and-out to start the third quarter, DWU scored on the ensuing drive.  DSU committed a 15-yard personal foul penalty on DSU's 36 yard line, moving the ball to the DSU's 21-yard line to set up a scoring opportunity for the Tigers.  Barnaud rushed for a 4-yard touchdown run to give DWU a 13-7 lead.  Porter added a PAT kick to extend Tigers' lead to 14-7.  DWU used 5 plays for 34 yards in 1:28 for the scoring drive.

Porter added a 28-yard field goal with 58 seconds left as the Tigers expanded their lead to 17-7.  DWU recorded 8 plays for 53 yards in 3:01 in the scoring drive.

Zach Ely caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Whisenhunt with less than one minute in the third quarter for Trojans' chance to trim their deficit, but the play was neglected due to offensive pass interference called on DSU. 

Dakota Wesleyan outscored the Trojans 10-0 in the third quarter.

DWU went on to use 9 plays for 73 yards in 4:40 in the early fourth quarter, but Poter's 32-yard field goal was blocked DSU with eight minutes left in the game.

Dakota State started their drive on their own 15-yard line.  The Tigers committed a pass interference penalty to give DSU a first-down on DSU's 37-yard line.  The Trojans added another key play as Whisenhunt threw a 33-yard pass to DWU's 19-yardline to set up a scoring chance for DSU.

Whisenhunt connected to Bobby Tisch for an 11-yard touchdown pass as the Trojans cut DWU's lead to 17-13 with 4:17 remaining in the game.  Hubbard added a PAT kick as the Trojans trailed by three points at 17-14.  DSU used 7 plays for 85 yards in 3:43 in the scoring drive.

Facing third-and-17 situation for the Tigers on DSU's 47-yardline, Barnaud ran for 47 yards to score a touchdown to seal the game for DWU with 1:07 left.  Porter's PAT kick was no good as the Tigers extended their lead to 23-14.  DWU recorded 8 plays for 70 yards in 3:10.

The Trojans could not score on the last drive of the game.

Kris Dearie rushed 10 times for 48 yards for the Trojans.  Whisenhunt added 17 rushing attempts for 44 yards and a touchdown.  He completed six passes in ten attempts for 71 yards with a touchdown.  Dylan VandeGarde rushed seven times for 29 yards.

Tisch had four catches for 31 yards with a touchdown for DSU.  Ely added a reception for 33 yards. 

Chad John recorded a game-high 11 tackles for the Trojans.  Josh Licht added nine tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss of 3.5 yards.  Ronnie Jorgenson had seven tackles and 1.0 tackles-for-loss of 2.5 yards.  Hank Tolleson and Spencer Carlson each had a fumble recovery.  Blake Kirschenman recorded a forced fumble.

Perry King had two kick-off returns for a total of 55 yards, including a 32-yard kick-off return in the late third quarter.

Barnaud rushed 32 times for 272 yards for DWU.  He recorded three touchdowns in the game.  Jon Bane went 9-for-21 in passing for 70 yards. 

Anthony Muilenburg had four receptions for 19 yards for the Tigers.  Arthur Brown added two catches for 22 yards.

Tanner Munk led DWU's defense with 10 tackles.  Brady Bonte added nine tackles and a quarterback sack loss of 12 yards.  Andrew DeVaney had six tackles and a fumble recovery.

The Tigers outgained the Trojans 368-220 in total offensive yards.  DWU rushed 39 times for 298 yards compared to DSU 44 attempts for 149 yards.   The Trojans had 71 passing yards compared to the Tigers' 70 passing yards.

A total of seven fumbles were recorded in the game, four by DSU (one fumble lost) and three by DWU (two fumble lost).

DWU was whistled for 13 penalties for a total of 125 yards in the game.  DSU had 10 penalties for 110 yards.

The Trojans had the ball control for 30 minutes and 51 seconds.  The Tigers recorded a time possession of 29 minutes and 9 seconds.

Dakota State heads back in North Star Athletic Association conference game next Saturday (Oct. 12).  The Trojans look to bounce back in the winning column as they visit Jamestown (N.D.).  Kick-off from the Ronnie Greeno Field is set for 1 p.m. in Jamestown, N.D.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director