By Chris Palmquist
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa—Ryan Kasdorf connected with Devin Thomas for two early touchdowns and No. 1 Morningside scored its most points since 1933 with a 79-14 drubbing of Dordt College Saturday afternoon.
Thomas scored on touchdown receptions of 75 and 29 yards on the first two drives of the game for the Mustangs, giving Morningside a 14-0 lead less than ten minutes into the game.
Josh Gaedke finished the scoring in the first quarter, finding the end zone from two yards out, and the rout was on before the teams switched sides.
Morningside scored on every offensive possession while racking up 571 yards of total offense.
Kasdorf threw two more touchdown passes, finishing his day 14 of 20 for 282 yards and four touchdowns.
Dordt was able to rush for 283 yards, but struggled through the air, completing only one of seven passes for five yards. The Defenders did score on the Mustangs for the first time since 2007.
Dordt (1-2, 0-2) travels to the DakotaDome to take on Briar Cliff next Saturday at one. Morningside (3-0, 2-0) is off next week.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa—It came as close to the wire as possible, but No. 21 Northwestern held off upset-minded Dakota Wesleyan 49-42 Saturday afternoon.
Trailing late, the Tigers drove 72 yards to the Northwestern one-yard line, but time expired on their upset bid.
The two teams combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense in the shootout, and Dakota Wesleyan's Jon Bane and Anthony Muilenburg did everything they could in the loss.
Bane threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns, while Muilenburg had 251 receiving yards and two of those scores.
For Northwestern, Bryce Byker caught eight passes for 129 yards and a score. Quarterback Davis Bloemendaal connected on 21 of 34 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns (one rushing).
The Red Raiders (2-1, 1-1) host Nebraska Wesleyan next Saturday at 1:30.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—Looking for its first win of the season, Wayne State turned to Zach Osborn and the redshirt freshman quarterback responded in a 41-25 win over Minnesota-Crookston Saturday afternoon.
Both the Wildcats and the Golden Eagles were looking for the first win of the season in this Northern Sun Conference clash, but Wayne State jumped out early and never looked back.
After an early drive stalled, the Wildcats scored on their next four possessions. On fourth and goal, Osborn connected with Tyler Hoppes for a 7-0 lead.
After a Golden Eagle turnover, Osborn found Adam Stark for a 97-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0. The scoring strike is the second-longest in Wayne State history.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter before the Golden Eagles got on the board, but the hosts could not get any closer than fifteen.
Wayne State (1-2, 1-2) hosts No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth next Saturday at 1 PM in a Homecoming game.
LINCOLN, Neb.—Nebraska Wesleyan scored the first 31 points of the game en route to a 31-7 win over Briar Cliff Saturday, leaving the Chargers looking for their first win of the season.
The Charger defense was stout in the first half, as Briar Cliff (0-3, 0-2) went into the locker room only trailing 7-0. The Prairie Wolves would add seven more points in the third quarter before pouring it on in the fourth.
Briar Cliff's lone touchdown of the day came on a 30-yard pass from Alec Dutko to Tyler McGhee with less than a minute remaining in the game.
The Chargers host Dordt at the DakotaDome next Saturday in their Homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 1 PM.