Nebraska Wesleyan turned the ball over on downs with 17 seconds left in a 27-21 loss to Simpson on Saturday in Indianola, Iowa.
The Prairie Wolves (1-2, 0-1 American Rivers) got into Simpson territory in the final minute, but Simpson (2-1, 1-0) took over at its 38 when a shotgun snap sailed over quarterback Jonathan Curti's head on fourth down, and after he retrieved the ball, his pass was knocked away.
Curti had found Nolan Schaefer with a 33-yard touchdown pass with 4:50 remaining in the game that pulled NWU within 27-21.
Doane 24, Dordt 21: Doane (2-0, 1-0 GPAC) struck for 21 points iin the second quarter and held on to beat Dordt (1-1, 0-1) in Sioux Center, Iowa. Doane quarterback Jack Kalina completed 29 of 44 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. Garrett Sonderup added 98 rushing yards. The Tigers scored three touchdowns in less than eight minutes in the second quarter — Josh Baker's 7-yard run, Kalina's 8-yard pass to Sonderup and Kalina's 1-yard keeper.
Concordia 16, Jamestown 13: Concordia (2-0, 1-0 GPAC) won despite getting just six first downs to 22 for Jamestown (1-3, 0-2) in Jamestown, North Dakota. Included in the Bulldogs' scoring was a first-quarter safety that made the score 7-2. Concordia took a brief 9-7 lead on Ryan Durdon's 2-yard run, then took the lead for good on Durdon's 14-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Concordia linebacker Lane Napier had 18 tackles, including eight solo stops.
Northwestern 49, Midland 20: In a matchup of two NAIA Top-25 foes, No. 5 Northwestern (3-0, 2-0 GPAC) outscored the No. 24 Warriors 35-7 in the third quarter, including two interception returns for touchdowns. Midland (2-1, 0-1) could not contain Raiders' running back Jacob Kalogonis, who scampered for 168 yards and two scores.
Briar Cliff 26, Hastings 14: The Broncos' second-half rally fell short in Sioux City, Iowa, as Briar Cliff (3-0, 1-0 GPAC) put a stamp on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a 40-yard pass from Cole Hanafan to Kwame Johnson. Hastings (2-1, 0-1) was limited to just 43 yards rushing.
Morningside 66, Dakota Wesleyan 13: Morningside's Trent Solsma passed for 428 yards and six touchdowns, and the Mustangs (3-0, 1-0 GPAC) got three sacks and two interceptions against Dakota Wesleyan (1-2, 0-1).
Evangel 35, Peru State 13: Colton Audsley got the Bobcats an early 7-0 lead, but Evangel scored 35 straight points. Darius Lee ran for 152 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Augustana 27, Wayne State 21: Wayne State quarterback Aaron Bleil led the Wildcats down to the Augustana 8-yard line with under a minute to play, but the Wildcats failed to punch in the game-winning score. Bleil finished 20-of-44 for 229 yards and one TD.
Emporia State 20, Nebraska-Kearney 17: The Lopers (2-1 MIAA) held a 17-0 lead before dropping its first contest of the season, allowing Emporia State (2-1) to rally for 20 straight points. Nebraska-Kearney was limited to 189 rushing yards after averaging 379 coming in.
Chadron State 31, Fort Lewis 21: The Eagles (2-1) got going late and buried Fort Lewis with 21 fourth-quarter points. Jackson Dickerson returned a punt for a touchdown with five minutes to play, and Deandre Barthwell returned an interception 21 yards for a score with 1:27 to play. Quarterback Dalton Holst threw for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns.