Nebraska Wesleyan put itself in a hole by giving up three second-quarter touchdowns in a 42-21 loss to Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday in Bloomington, Illinois.
The Prairie Wolves (0-2) had 25 first downs to the Titans' 22, but Illinois Wesleyan's offensive efficiency spelled the difference. The Titans scored their 42 points on 61 offensive plays, 25 fewer than NWU.
After Jonathan Curti found Bradley Pelkey for a 55-yard touchdown pass to draw NWU even at 7-7 in the first quarter, the Titans took control.
Brandon Bauer found Andrew Apel for a 6-yard TD, Scott Matese ran it in from 2 yards out and Bauer hit Jack Healey for a 7-yard score as Illinois Wesleyan went into halftime up 28-7.
The Titans scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away, but Curti hooked up with Bryce Darner for a 93-yard touchdown pass late in the quarter.
Darner finished with 173 yards on seven receptions on a busy day for Curti, who completed 32 of 65 passes for 461 yards and three touchdowns.