Upper Iowa Blocks Extra-Point In OT, Costly Wildcat Turnovers Allow Peacocks To Upset WSC

FAYETTE, IA – With one NSIC South home game and road crossover contest remaining in November, the Wayne State College football team closed out the month of October on Halloween eve.

From Harms-Eischeid Stadium in Fayette, Iowa, the Wildcats visited Upper Iowa University for senior day as it was the final home game of the season for Upper Iowa.

Four fumbles and an interception in regulation still wasn’t enough for Upper Iowa to win until a blocked extra-point in overtime. The Peacocks stunned WSC 42-41 in OT for their first win of the season improving to 1-8 (1-3 South) as the ‘Cats fell to 6-3 (3-2 South).

WSC blocked a FG in the first quarter and Upper Iowa also missed a FG in the fourth quarter in regulation as the game was tied at 35 all.

Redshirt freshman Nick Bohn opened scoring for Wayne State College on their first possession thanks to a one-yard run with 11:13 left in the opening quarter. Junior Alex Powders knocked through the extra-point to give WSC a 7-0 lead.

Three plays later Upper Iowa used a 69-yard passing strike from freshman Marcus Orr to senior DJ Emsweller. Following the extra-point, the game was tied at 7-7 with 9:59 left in the first quarter.

Upper Iowa then took advantage of more fumbles in the second quarter from WSC by scoring twice. Sophomore Desean Phillips carried the ball in from two yards out (13:13 remaining) and caught a 22-yard reception from Orr (5:27) to lead 21-7.

The Wildcats added one more first half score when senior running back Anthony Watkins rushed in from five-yards. Powders punched through the extra-point with 2:21 to play in the first half to trail 21-14.

On the ensuing possession, Upper Iowa answered with a third passing touchdown from Orr to redshirt freshman tight end Jeremy Waymire from three-yards with 25 seconds until half to double up the ‘Cats.

At the half, Upper Iowa led 28-14.

Following an early third quarter Wildcat turnover, Upper Iowa extended their lead when Phillips scored from two-yards. After the extra-point, the Peacocks led 35-14 with 9:42 to play in the third quarter.

WSC started to mount a comeback on long yardage plays.

Bohn connected with senior wideout Taurean Grady on a 79-yard strike (9:22 left in third) as Watkins rushed in from 73-yards (4:03 left) on the next offensive series. WSC trailed 35-28 entering the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, the Peacocks missed a field goal which allowed the Wildcats to tie the game when Bohn found freshman tight end Gage Dengel on a four-yard pass. Following the extra-point, the game was tied at 35-35 with 5:35 to play.

Both teams had a chance to win in regulation but failed to put points on the board in the final five minutes.

During overtime, Upper Iowa started with the ball and used five plays to score from four-yards out as Orr connected with Emsweller a second time. The extra-point was good to make the score 42-35.

WSC needed a touchdown and scored two plays later thanks to a seven-yard rushing touchdown from Grady. But on the point after attempt, it was blocked which ended the game in overtime.

Final favored Upper Iowa University, 42-41 in overtime as Powders missed his first extra-point of the season (48-49).

 

Bohn finished 16-31 for 215 yards with one interception and ran the ball 22 times for 129 yards gained. But he also fumbled the ball twice and was sacked four times for a loss of 38 yards to finish with 91 net yards.

Watkins carried the ball 11 times for 124 yards with two scores and a fumble while catching three balls for 22 yards. Grady recorded five catches for 131 yards and a touchdown and carried the ball three times for 52 yards and a score.

Junior Mason Lee added four receptions for 38 yards as senior Trystn Ducker had two catches for 10 yards. Senior Deshawn Massey also carried the ball six times for 23 yards.

Freshman linebacker Alex Kowalczyk paced the Wildcat defense with 13 stops (seven solo) with a tackle for loss as junior linebacker Nick Joynt tacked on 10 tackles (three solo) along with a half sack with senior lineman Josh Taylor.

 

Wayne State College recorded 505 total yards of offense on 75 plays as Upper Iowa used 80 plays for 443 yards.

 

1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th OT Final:

7    7        14      14   7      6      41 – Wayne State College

7     21      28      7    0      7      42 – Upper Iowa University

Wayne State College (receiving votes among the Top 25 Coaches Poll) will next host Sioux Falls on Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m. for the Egg Bowl. Pregame coverage on The Wildcat Sports Network is set for 12:30 p.m. on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com.

 

NSIC Week 9 Scores:

Northern State won at at MSU Moorhead, 33-27

(RV) Bemidji State defeated Southwest Minnesota State, 48-17

(RV) Minnesota Duluth won at Minot State, 34-21

Sioux Falls won at Minnesota State-Mankato, 45-35

#19 Augustana defeated Winona State, 38-20

University of Mary defeated Concordia-St. Paul, 42-17

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