Nebraska Wesleyan 17
MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan used several key plays from its special teams units to upset Nebraska Wesleyan University, which is receiving votes in the NAIA, 31-17 Saturday afternoon at Joe Quintal Field.
Francois Barnaud finished with 254 yards on 27 carries and averaged 9.4 yards per carry to lead the Dakota Wesleyan offense, which ran for 274 yards and threw for 159 more. Jon Bane finished 16-for-30 for 155 yards. Anthony Muilenburg caught eight passes for 65 yards and Arthur Brown had four catches for 34 yards. Matt McManus led the Tiger defense with nine tackles and Anthony Cervantes had seven. Adam Bormann had one tackle for a loss.
The Dakota Wesleyan defense held Nebraska Wesleyan to 104 yards on the ground and 206 through the air. Dustin Bryant ran for 90 yards for the Prairie Wolves and Francis finished 20-for-39 for 206 yards and a touchdown.
Fort Hays State 63
South Dakota Tech 17
HAYS, Kan. — Fort Hays State used three defensive turnovers and 537 offensive yards in a 63-17 rout of South Dakota Tech on Saturday at Lewis Field Stadium.
For the Tigers, the 63 points scored set a new school record for points in a single-collegiate game, breaking the previous mark of 62, set against Mesa State in 1995 and Wayne State (Neb.) in 1997.
Keaton Callins’ 60-yard punt return after the second offensive series for South Dakota Tech set up a Drew O’Brien extra point to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead, and the team never looked back.
Callins finished the day with a career-high 109 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown on six catches in addition to the punt return yardage. His 169 all-purpose yards were a team high as well.
Black Hills State 48
New Mexico Highlands 45
LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Black Hills State forced four turnovers and scored two defensive touchdowns to get past New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys on Saturday 48-45.
With only 3:46 left to play in the fourth quarter, the Jackets found themselves with the ball on the Cowboys’ 12 yard-line looking at a fourth-and-eleven with the game tied 45-45. Christian Parr hit the 29-yard and eventual game-winning field goal to give the Jackets a three-point lead, allowing the defense to close out the win with an Austin Haynes interception for a touchback two-minutes later.
The Yellow Jackets offense ended the day with 400 yards of total offense, 22 first downs and went 5-of-13 on third down after almost 28 minutes with the ball.