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Tigers silenced: DWU falls to No. 5 Northwestern

For the second straight week, the Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers were outplayed on both sides of the ball. It fell to No. 5 Northwestern College 41-13 on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Dillon Rork tries to chase down Tyson Kooima, of Northwestern, on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan University's Dillon Rork tries to chase down Tyson Kooima, of Northwestern, on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)

For the second straight week, the Dakota Wesleyan University Tigers were outplayed on both sides of the ball. It fell to No. 5 Northwestern College 41-13 on Saturday at Joe Quintal Field.

“We’re not very good, and that’s the fact of the matter,” DWU head coach Ross Cimpl said. “... By the time we started playing it was too late, and that’s disappointing.”

The Tigers finally found the end zone when Spencer Neugebauer punched it in on a two-yard quarterback keeper out of the wildcat formation with 1:23 left in the game. It was easily DWU’s most impressive drive of the night as it drove 97 yards in 4:51, highlighted by a 50-yard pass to Jonny Withrow from Shaye Slaughter.

The Tigers struggled to move the ball the rest of the game. Slaughter completed just 10 of 32 passes for 161 yards and an interception, while Luke Loudenburg ran for 61 yards on 23 carries. However, the passing game was also hurt by drops throughout the night.

Tate Gale made both of his field-goal attempts for DWU.

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Defensively, the Tigers couldn’t stop Northwestern’s run game. Jacob Kalogonis ran for 133 yards and two scores on 24 carries, with the Red Raiders finishing with 215 rushing yards and five yards per carry as a team.

Northwestern quarterback Tyson Kooima connected with Shane Solberg seven times for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Kooima finished with 296 yards on 19 of 29 passing.

“Northwestern is a great team. There’s a reason its No. 5 in the nation,” Withrow said. “There was a lot of self-afflicted stuff (Saturday), but all we can do is come to work (Sunday), watch the film and get better.”

The Tigers (1-3, 0-2 GPAC) play Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, at 1 p.m. on Sept. 29.

NWC  14 14 10 3 41

DWU  3 0    3 7 13

Scoring summary

First quarter

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N: Jacob Kalohonis 4 run (Braxton Williams kick)

D: Tate Gale 32 field goal

N: Tyson Kooima 8 run (Williams kick)

Second quarter

N: Kalogonis 10 run (Williams kick)

N: Shane Solberg 8 pass from Kooima (Williams kick)
Third quarter

N: Solberg 15 pass from Kooima (Williams kick)

N: Williams 44 field goal

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D: Gale 30 field goal

Fourth quarter

N: Williams 36 field goal

D: Spencer Neugebauer 2 run (Gale kick)

RUSHING: Northwestern, Kalogonis 24-133, Matt Williams 4-45, Kooima 11-28. Dakota Wesleyan, Luke Loudenburg 23-61, Shaye Slaughter 6-22, Neugebauer 7-18.

PASSING: Northwestern, Kooima 19-29-296-2. Dakota Wesleyan, Slaughter 10-32-161-0-1.

RECEIVING: Northwestern, Solberg 7-150. Canon Flores 6-68, Jared Nelson 2-38, Cade Moser 2-35. Dakota Wesleyan, Jonny Withrow 4-84, Daniel Libolt 2-42, Jace Pulse 2-18, Neugebauer 2-17.

DEFENSE: Northwestern, Ben Granstra 8 tackles, 2 sacks, Tanner Machacek 6 tackles, 1 interception, Bryce Van Beek 6 tackles. Dakota Wesleyan, Eathen Gaulke 9 tackles, Tyrel Haley 9 tackles, Dillon Rork 5 tackles, 1 sack.

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