NSU football fell 34-27 in their third straight game, to Wayne State College. NSU drops to 0-3 overall. The Wolves scored a season high 27 points, but were unable to hold off the Wayne State offense in the second and fourth quarters.
The Wolves opened the scoring in their first drive of the game. The 12 play drive was capped off with a seven yard Nicholas Truen (So.) run to the goal line. Truen tallied four carries in the 12 plays and a total of 16 carries in the game. A quick defensive stop and the Wolves were back at it with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter. Adrian Krupka (Sr.) finished off NSU’s second drive of the day with a 26 yard field goal.
Northern was up 10-0 after the first 15 minutes of play. Wayne State answered back with a breakout second quarter tallying three touchdowns, for a total of 20 points. Krupka connected for his second field goal of the day, a 20 yard attempt on the Wolves second drive of the quarter. Wayne was up 20-13 at the half.
Taylor Houchin (Jr.) recorded his first touchdown of the season, a two yard reception from Kyle Lavand (Fr.) early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 20 all. Wayne State answered with a touchdown of their own, followed by Lavand’s second touchdown pass of the night.
Lavand connected with Cody Kraft (Jr.) for a 56-yard reception, and the Wolves third touchdown of the game.
The offensive line struggled to hold off the Wildcat attack, as NSU quarterback Lavand was sacked six times for a total loss of 38. Northern State had their opportunities throughout with 37 minutes of possession time and multiple first and goal situations. Northern was unable to add anything else offensively, and ultimately fell to the Wildcats in the final few minutes of play.
As a team, the Wolves doubled Wayne State’s first down count with a total of 28 and led the Wildcats in both yards rushing (61) and yards receiving (365).
Northern will return home next Saturday, September 26, to face Sioux Falls for the Gypsy Days game. The Wolves and Cougars will kick-off at 2:30 p.m. from Swisher Field. The annual Gypsy Days tailgate is scheduled to open at 12 p.m. from the South Tailgate Lot.
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