David O'Connell hauled in a 44-yard touchdown with nearly 2 minutes remaining to lift the Nebraska Wesleyan football team to a 28-21 win against Luther on Saturday in Decorah, Iowa.
The Prairie Wolves (3-2, 1-2 ARC) rallied to snap a two-game skid.
Luther (0-5, 0-3) took a 21-14 lead with 8:37 remaining, but NWU responded quickly, zipping down the field in four plays. Carter Terry connected with Matthew Zarybn for a game-tying 9-yard touchdown.
After trading punts, Carter hit O'Connell for the game-winning TD with 2:12 remaining.
Terry was 19-of-32 passing for 273 yards and three touchdowns, and Kevin Tims hauled in nine balls for 127 yards.
Doane 44, Jamestown 20: After leading 24-13 in the fourth quarter, Doane (2-3, 2-3 GPAC) took command behind two rushing touchdowns and a 25-yard TD strike from Vaughn Martinez in Crete. Martinez finished with 189 yards passing on 12 completions. LJ Butler added 111 yards and a score on the ground for the Tigers. Jamestown dropped to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the GPAC.
Hastings 24, Briar Cliff 23: Hastings (1-4, 1-4 GPAC) rallied for 10 points in the final 10 minutes, and capped off the comeback victory with a 47-yard field goal from Jason Bachle. John Zamora led Hastings with 202 passing yards and two scores. Briar Cliff dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the GPAC.
Morningside 59, Midland 14: The host and No. 3 Mustangs (4-0, 4-0 GPAC) racked up 704 yards of offense, including 443 through the air. Bellevue West graduate Joe Dolincheck carved up the Midland defense for 369 passing yards and three touchdowns, and Anthony Sims rushed for 153 yards and four scores. Bishop Neumann grad Reid Jurgensmeier caught eight passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns. Midland (3-3, 3-2) QB Jake Ashby threw three interceptions.
Northwestern 56, Mount Marty 17: In Yankton, South Dakota, Blake Fryar threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns to lead the No. 2 Raiders (6-0, 5-0 GPAC). Mount Marty dropped to 0-5.
Wayne State 38, Winona State 21: Wayne State improved to 4-1 for the first time since 2012 behind a 28-point second quarter. Nick Bohn had a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second quarter and finished with 82 yards on 12 carries. Bohn was also 25-of-36 passing for 265 yards and a score. Winona State dropped to 3-2.
Chadron State 46, New Mexico Highlands 16: In Las Vegas, New Mexico, the Eagles (2-3, 2-2 RMAC) cashed in on two long scoring drives to open the game, returned a fumbled kickoff return for a touchdown and added another score to race to a 29-0 lead after the first quarter. Dalton Holst threw for 232 yards and passed John McLain as the program's all-time leader in career passing yards (10,268).
Fort Hays State 42, Nebraska-Kearney 35: The Lopers (4-1) dropped their first game of the season to the Tigers (3-2), who mounted a 21-point comeback in the fourth quarter. Nebraska-Kearney quarterback TJ Davis was responsible for four of the Lopers’ five touchdowns, throwing for two and running for two. Davis passed for 202 yards, completing 12 of 15 passes. Davis was the second-leading rusher for Nebraska-Kearney with 96 yards on 23 attempts. Senior Montrez Jackson led UNK with 102 yards on nine rushes. Darius Swanson had 11 tackles.