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Max Martin Gives WSC Win at Upper Iowa

Posted: 04 November, 2012

Senior placekicker Max Martin booted a 47-yard field goal with 2:13 remaining to give Wayne State College a 17-14 win at Upper Iowa Saturday afternoon in Northern Sun Conference football played at Harms-Eischeid Stadium in Fayette, Iowa. The win moves Wayne State to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the NSIC South Division while UIU is now 2-8 and 0-6 in the NSIC South.
The game was expected to be a high-scoring affair as Upper Iowa entered the game with the NSIC's top-ranked offense at 460.8 yards per game, but the Wildcat defense held the explosive Peacock attack to just 294 yards in the contest and held a commanding advantage in time of possession (41:07 to 18:53) to slow down the Upper Iowa offense.
Upper Iowa opened the scoring early in the first quarter thanks to a 77 yard punt return by Keaton Hosch that gave the Peacocks the ball at the Wildcat 10 yard line. Sophomore quarterback Cole Jaeschke then found Shay Gutman on a 10-yard scoring pass to give Upper Iowa an early 7-0 lead.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter with an impressive drive that used 8:06 and covered 86 yards on 15 plays with junior running back Charlie Davidson hitting paydirt on a seven yard run to tie the score at 7-7 with 7:21 to play in the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Peacocks regained the lead early in the fourth quarter on a 10-play, 75 yard drive that covered 4:16. Jaeschke and Gutman teamed up again for a scoring play, this time from six yards out, giving the Peacocks a 14-7 lead with 13:42 to play in the game.
Wayne State responded with a score on the ensuing drive as redshirt freshman quarterback Brian Kent capped a 14-play, 77 yard drive that used 7:23 with a 10 yard scoring run, knotting the score at 14-14 with 6:14 remaining in the game.
The WSC defense then forced Upper Iowa into a three and out, making the Peacocks punt from their own end zone with the Wildcats getting the ball at their own 46 yard line with 5:22 to play. WSC moved the ball to UIU 29 yard line before the Peacocks forced a fourth down for the Wildcats resulting in a 47-yard field goal from senior Max Martin that was good giving WSC a 17-14 lead. It would be Martin's fourth game-winning field goal in the last two seasons for the Wildcats.
Wayne State then shut down the Peacocks one last time getting the ball back on downs at the Peacock 32 yard line as the Wildcats sealed the 17-14 win.
The Wildcats held a 388-294 edge in total offense over Upper Iowa. WSC rushed for 205 yards while gaining another 183 through the air with the Peacocks netting 115 yards rushing and 179 passing. Charlie Davidson ran for a career-high 150 yards on 36 carries to lead the Wildcats in rushing, his third straight 100-yard rushing effort. Brian Kent completed 19 of 24 passes for 183 yards with two interceptions, completing passes to six different Wildcat receivers. Sophomore Adam Stark had six catches for 50 yards followed by Cole McDaniel with five catches for 45 yards.
For Upper Iowa, sophomore quarterback Cole Jaeschke was held to 179 yards passing on 17 of 35 attempts. He entered the game leading the NSIC while ranked 11th in NCAA Division II with 325 yards of total offense per game. Shay Gutman was the top receiver for Upper Iowa with six catches for 60 yards and two scores.
Defensively, junior safety Austan Pomajzl led Wayne State in tackles with eight followed by Richard Daniel and Benjamin Perry with five apiece. Daniel also had a fumble recovery for the Wildcats.
The win by Wayne State, now 6-4 overall, assures the Wildcats of a sixth straight winning season. In the 97th season of football, WSC has never had six consecutive winning seasons until achieving the feat Saturday afternoon.
Wayne State will close out the 2012 season on the road next Saturday with a visit to #17 University of Sioux Falls with kickoff slated for 12 p.m. at Bob Young Field in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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