Division II football, UNK and Wayne State suffer first conf. losses

11th-ranked Colorado State-Pueblo ThunderWolves scored 17 fourth quarter points and forced five turnovers to beat 4th-ranked Nebraska-Kearney, 27-14. CSU-Pueblo, which restarted its football program in 2008, improves to 7-0 (5-0 RMAC) while the Lopers (6-1, 4-1 RMAC) suffered their first lost of the season.
Concordia-St. Paul handed #24 Wayne State College its first Northern Sun Conference loss 27-24 in St. Paul, Minnesota dropping Wayne State to 5-2 overall and 5-1 in league play. Wayne State outgained Concordia-St. Paul in the contest 459-393. The ‘Cats had 134 yards rushing and 325 passing while CU gained 88 yards on the ground and 305 through the air. The Wildcats had four turnovers in the game (two fumbles, two interceptions) while CU had just one turnover. The Golden Bears had the ball for 34:03 compared to 25:57 for WSC.
Seven of Chadron State’s first eight possessions started after a turnover as the Eagles scored 24 first quarter points in a 42-14 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference win over New Mexico Highlands. In all, the CSC defense recovered six fumbles, including five in the first quarter alone that set up three short scoring drives. The Eagles (3-4, 3-2 RMAC) also had two interceptions, including one that was returned 68 yards for a touchdown by Phil Rivera near the end of the second quarter, and added a safety for good measure in the fourth.