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DWU drops defensive battle in Briar Cliff

SIOUX CITY, Iowa--The Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers weren't able to snap its losing streak on Saturday as it fell to Briar Cliff University 20-13 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game. It's the Tigers first three-game losing streak since...

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa-The Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers weren't able to snap its losing streak on Saturday as it fell to Briar Cliff University 20-13 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game. It's the Tigers first three-game losing streak since 2011.

"Our guys played hard," DWU head coach Ross Cimpl said. "They played their tails off, and unfortunately didn't end up the way we wanted."

The Tigers got a spark right away as Daniel Libolt, who finished with 46 receiving yards, took the opening kickoff 92 yards to the house.

"We felt like we've been close on kickoff returns (in the past)," Cimpl said. "Guys executed and Libolt did a great job hitting the seam and taking it all the way."

Cimpl was pleased with special teams all-around on Saturday. Tate Gale made two field goals for DWU's final six points, while DWU converted a fake punt and had solid coverage on punts and kickoffs.

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The Tigers also showed improvement on defense as it allowed its fewest amount of points this season and intercepted Jacob Diaz twice. Tyler Wagner (13), Mitch Johnson (12) and Alan Murtic (10) all had double-digit tackles in the win, as well.

That said, it still gave up touchdown passes of 65 and 94 yards, while Diaz completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tyler French with 2:36 left in the game to break a 13-13 tie and give Briar Cliff the lead for good.

DWU quarterback Shaye Slaughter completed just 19 of 44 passes for 191 yards and an interception, though ran for 45 yards. Luke Loudenburg gained 34 yards on 15 carries, and Spencer Neugebauer led the Tigers with 57 receiving yards on eight grabs.

DWU (1-4, 0-3 GPAC) plays Concordia University at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Seward, Nebraska.

DWU 10 0 3 0 13

BC 7 6 0 7 20

Scoring summary

First quarter

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DWU: Daniel Libolt 92 kickoff return (Tate Gale kick)

BC: Logann Freeman 94 pass from Jacob Diaz (Noah Ylagan kick)

DWU: Gale 30 field goal

Second quarter

BC: Elijah Brown 65 pass from Diaz (Steven Delia kick)

Third quarter

DWU: Gale 25 field goal

Fourth quarter

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BC: Tyler French 12 pass from Diaz (Delia kick)

RUSHING: Briar Cliff, Noah Ylagan 29-129, Adonte Maxie 11-34. Dakota Wesleyan, Shaye Slaughter 10-45, Luke Loudenburg 15-34.

PASSING: Briar Cliff, Jacob Diaz 14-21-275-3-2. Dakota Wesleyan, Slaughter, 19-44-191-0-1.

RECEIVING: Briar Cliff, Logann Freeman 3-120, Elijah Brown 2-71, Khamren Davenport 3-51, Noah Ylagan 4-14. Dakota Wesleyan, Spencer Neugebauer 8-57, Daniel Libolt 3-46, Jonny Withrow 5-43.

DEFENSE: Briar Cliff, Peyton Bailey 9 tackles, Caleb Wilson 8 tackles, Alexander Johnson Jr 7 tackles, 1 interception. Dakota Wesleyan, Tyler Wagner 13 tackles, Mitch Johnson 12 tackles, Alan Murtic 10 tackles, Dillon Rork 4 tackles, two interceptions.

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