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Saturday’s games

Nebraska Wesleyan (1-5, 0-4 American Rivers) at Loras (3-2, 2-1 American Rivers), Rock Bowl, Dubuque, Iowa, 1 p.m.: NWU running back Shaka Taylor moved into third on the school’s career rushing charts with 123 yards last week against Central to reach 2,229 — 248 yards behind the school record held by Roy Jacobson (1999-2002). NWU quarterback Jonathan Curti threw for 283 yards and three TDs against Central, so the offense seems to be cranking it up at just the right time. Loras’ defense ranks last in the conference in yards allowed per game (467.8) and eighth in points allowed (36.4).

Doane (3-2, 2-2 GPAC) at No. 1 Morningside (6-0, 4-0 GPAC), Elwood Olsen Stadium, Sioux City, Iowa, 1:30 p.m.: Morningside is thrashing opponents by an average score of 58-12, and the Mustangs shut out Hastings on the road 65-0 a week before the Broncos came in and upset Doane last Saturday. The Tigers held a high-powered Northwestern offense to 28 points two weeks ago, and they will need a similar effort to be competitive against the Mustangs.

Concordia (3-2, 2-2 GPAC) at Briar Cliff (4-2, 2-2 GPAC), Bishop Heelan Memorial Field, Sioux City, Iowa, 1 p.m.: Under former Nebraska assistant coach Dennis Wagner, Briar Cliff is much improved from its 0-11 season a year ago. With so many quality linebackers, Concordia moved Kordell Glause to safety and he responded with seven tackles, a quarterback sack and a late interception that helped seal the Bulldogs’ 14-9 win over Dakota Wesleyan last Saturday.

Other state college games

Midland (4-2, 2-2 GPAC) at Hastings (3-3, 1-3 GPAC), 1 p.m.

No. 8 Grand View University (4-1) at Peru State (2-4), Oak Bowl, 2:30 p.m.

Nebraska-Kearney (4-2) at Northwest Missouri State (5-1), Bearcat Stadium, Maryville, Missouri, 2 p.m.

Minnesota State-Moorhead (4-2) at Wayne State (1-5), 1 p.m.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or On Twitter @ronpowell_ljs.


Sports reporter

Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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