BISMARCK, ND – As north winds brought precipitation to the second half, Wayne State College used a 10-6 third quarter advantage to secure their first road win on the season.
From the MDU Resource Community Bowl in Bismarck, North Dakota, WSC visited University of Mary.
After trailing 16-9 early in the third, Wayne State outscored the Marauders 17-7 to win 26-23. The ‘Cats improved to 3-5 while University of Mary fell to 1-7.
Senior placekicker Ethan Knudson made a first quarter field goal from 29-yards out to take the first lead of the game at 3-0.
Umary then began the second quarter when junior quarterback Logan Nelson ran in from 27-yards to go up 7-3. Wayne State answered back when junior running back Lorenzo Logwood scored on an 18-yard run. Knudson had the PAT blocked as WSC led 9-7.
Before intermission Marauder placekicker Brody Riggs made a 30-yard field go to go up 10-9.
Following a Umary interception, Nelson completed a 17-yard passing score to junior tight end Brandon McFarlane early in the second half. The PAT was missed and the Marauders only led 16-7.
WSC would score again off the rushing attack from Logwood from a yard out and Knudson made a 27-yard field goal to tie Nick Hope (36) for all-time career field goals made at Wayne State.
University of Mary then regained the lead halfway through the fourth when Nelson hooked up with junior wide out Luke Little on a six-yard score. Down 23-19, redshirt freshman running back Devin Merkuris found a hole up the middle and ran in for a 41-yard score to put the game out of reach with a 26-23 final.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Tavian Willis finished 5-11 for 39 yards and one interception while running six times for 0 net yards (13 gained/13 lost). Merkuris rushed 20 times for 123 yards and a score, junior Deshawn Massey carried the ball 15 times for 94 yards and Logwood added 43 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman wideout Jason Hawkins had two receptions for 14 yards and sophomore wide out Mason Lee caught one pass for 14 yards.
Senior linebacker Tyler Thomsen recorded 13 tackles (five solo) while adding an interception. After leading the team the past three weeks in tackles, sophomore linebacker Nick Joynt followed with nine tackles (two solo). Senior defensive lineman MJ Blankenfeld tallied eight tackles (four solo) with 2.5 tackles for loss and two being sacks as fellow sophomore defensive lineman Ryan Parker added seven tackles (five solo) with 1.5 tackles for loss. Senior defensive lineman Jacob Protzman had a strip sack where sophomore linebacker Austin Coffman scooped up the ball and was tackled near the goal line. Sophomore defensive back J’Von France also forced and recovered a fumble.
Wayne State outgained University of Mary 350-332 with 311 yards coming on the ground.
The Wayne State College football team will next visit #3 Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, November 2 at noon. The Mavericks recently shutdown Minnesota Crookston 81-0 to pick up their eighth win on the season.