Doane beats Nebraska Wesleyan in big NAIA in-state matchup

The Doane football team picked up their toughest road victory so far this season with a 27-3 triumph over Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln. The victory moved Doane to 4-0 on the year and 3-0 in the GPAC.
The first half of play was a defensive battle with three field goals. Doane’s Andrew Nielsen put the Tigers on the board with a 22-yard field goal late in the first quarter. Nielsen added a 30-yard field goal with 4:02 left before the half.
The Tigers appeared to be heading in for another score but Nebraska Wesleyan came up with an interception by Seth Wardyn. Wardyn took it back to the Doane 34 before Anthony Dunn made a shoe-string tackle to save a touchdown. A personal foul on the first play for NWU put the Prairie Wolves at the Tiger 19 and they hit a field goal as time expired at the half.
Doane opened the second half by pushing deep into NWU territory before having to punt. The Tiger defense held to a 3-and-out and took a possession at the NWU 48. Dunn completed 4-of-5 passes, including a 25-yard pass to Jeremiah Saffold for a touchdown.
On the next NWU drive, Nathan Wragge forced a fumble that was recoverd by Jeremy Wallace. The Tigers took advantage as Dunn found Tyler Davis for a 10-yard strike to go up 20-3.
A couple of drives later, Dalton Ryba intercepted quarterback Jeremy Belk and brought it back to the NWU 20. Dunn found Tyrone Curry on the first play for a 20-yard touchdown strike to close the scoring and give Doane a 27-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter saw the Tiger defense continue their domination. The last three NWU drives ended either by a turnover or missed fourth down conversion.
Story courtesy of Doane athletics.