DULUTH, MN – For the third time this season, the Wayne State College football team competed under the lights in search of their first road victory.
From Malosky Stadium in Duluth, Minnesota, WSC visited #11 Minnesota Duluth Saturday night.
A high-scoring second quarter put WSC up at the half, 28-21 before it came down to the special teams with a 35-yard field goal from junior Alex Powders late in the game. Wayne State College snapped a four-game losing streak to UMD and won for the first time in Duluth, Minnesota with a final of 31-28.
Saturday night’s road win also marked the first time WSC defeated a ranked opponent since October 4, 2014 (27-7 over #25 Winona State). (courtesy of Wayne State Athletics).
Both teams are now 3-1 on the season.
UMD took advantage of an interception and scored on a one-play 30-yard rushing touchdown from senior Cazz Martin (PAT good). UMD led 7-0 with 5:27 left in the opening quarter.
WSC answered with three straight scoring drives in the second quarter. Redshirt freshman Nick Bohn snuck in from a yard out (14:15 left) to tie the game; Bohn then found senior wide receiver Taurean Grady on a 23-yard strike (11:59 left) to go up 14-7 and Bohn hooked up with senior running back Anthony Watkins on a 12-yard score (9:48 left) to lead 21-7. Following a UMD score to pull back within a touchdown, Watkins tacked on a 48-yard rushing touchdown (6:21 left) to lead 28-14. Powders converted four PATs.
UMD’s Martin rushed in for a 75-yard score with 9:36 left in the first half prior to the Watkins rushing TD before senior John Larson hooked up with senior wide receiver Armani Carmickle on a five-yard score (both PATs good).
Score at the half favored WSC, 28-21.
Following a scoreless third quarter, the Bulldogs scored early in the fourth when Martin ran in from six-yards out for his third rushing touchdown of the game (PAT good). With 13:55 left in the game, both teams were tied up at 28-28.
Following a third fumble recovery for the Wildcat defense, WSC put together a 13 play, 55-yard drive that took up 6:15 of the clock. Powders knocked through the then go-ahead and game-winning field goal from 35-yards.
Final favored, WSC upsetting #11 Minnesota Duluth, 31-25.
Bohn finished 13-22 for 221 yards with an interception, two passing touchdowns and one rushing score on 23 rushes for 34 yards.
Watkins rushed for 101 yards on 21 carries with a rushing score and a 12-yard receiving touchdown.
Grady recorded eight receptions for 133 yards with one score; senior Trystn Ducker hauled in two receptions for 47 yards and junior Mason Lee caught one ball for 23 yards.
Freshman defensive back Gerale Flye recorded an interception and fumble recovery, senior safety Kevin Ransom had an interception in the Wildcat endzone to stop a scoring drive while other fumble recoveries came from junior linebackers Ijaaz Rashid and Jaylan Scott.
Freshman linebacker Alex Kowalczk finished with a team-high seven tackles (six solo) with one tackle for loss, Rashid added five solo tackles, sophomore linebacker Graysen Garey tacked on four solo tackles with two tackles for loss and one sack as freshman linebacker Tyler LeClair had four tackles (three solo).
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
0 28 28 0 3 31 – WSC
7 14 21 0 7 28 – UMD
Wayne State College will next host Winona State University on Saturday, October 2 at 1 p.m. for their Homecoming/Hall of Fame Game.
NSIC Saturday results:
Southwest Minnesota State won at Concordia-St. Paul, 34-24
MSU Moorhead won vs. Upper Iowa, 33-28
#22 Augustana won at Bemidji State, 52-24
Winona State won at University of Mary, 48-38
Northern State won vs. Sioux Falls, 41-10
#20 Minnesota State-Mankato won at Minot State, 68-10