WSC Football Ends Season With Loss At Sioux Falls
Posted: 10 November, 2012
SIOUX FALLS - University of Sioux Falls quarterback Taylor Perkins accounted for two scores and 312 yards of total offense in USF’s 24-14 victory over Wayne State on Saturday afternoon in Northern Sun Conference football played at Bob Young Field in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The loss drops Wayne State to 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the NSIC South Division to finish their 2012 season while the Cougars improved to 9-2 on the year.
The game was a defensive battle through the first quarter as neither team was able to put points up on the scoreboard. The Cougars would change that however when they scored 17 seconds into the second quarter when John Tidwell fielded a Randy Weich punt at his own 23 yard line and returned it 77 yards for the first touchdown of the game giving Sioux Falls a 7-0 advantage. The Wildcats would fumble the ball away on their next possession but did hold the Cougars to a punt. After another Wayne State punt, Sioux Falls was driving until Taylor Perkins took a deep shot at the end zone but Austan Pomajzl was waiting and intercepted the ball in the end zone for a touchback. After the teams exchanges punts again, Brian Kent and the Wildcats offense got the ball back with 2:50 remaining until halftime. Kent proceeded to go a perfect 3-3 on the ensuing drive as he found Kevin Paulsen for five yards, Adam Stark for 10 yards and then connected with tight end Joe Trouba for an 18 yard touchdown strike with 1:02 remaining in the first half to tie things up at 7-7 heading into the locker room.
Wayne State had to kickoff to the Cougars to open the second half but the defense got the ball back for the Wildcats when senior cornerback Nick Lewis intercepted a ball at the WSC 11 yard line to end the USF scoring threat. WSC was unable to get anything going on their next drive and it looked like the Cougars would get good field position until senior punter Randy Weich booted an 85 yard punt that was downed at the Sioux Falls two yard line. The ‘Cats defense would once again force a punt but on the very first play of their next drive Kent threw an interception to give USF the ball back. Wayne State’s defense would once again force a punt but for the second straight offensive possession Kent would throw an interception. This time Sioux Falls would capitalize on the mistake and score the only touchdown of the third quarter when Perkins plunged into the end zone on a two yard rush to give USF a 14-7 lead.
The game remained at 14-7 until Sioux Falls extended their lead on a 52 yard field goal by Braden Wieking with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation to go up 17-7. The Wildcats went three and out on their next drive and were forced to punt the ball once again opening the door for USF to put more distance between the two teams. Perkins would capitalize on the opportunity when he found Darren Neely three times on the next possession which was capped off by a 41 touchdown connection from Perkins to Neely giving the Cougars a 24-7 advantage. After the two teams exchanged punts the Wildcats got the ball with 2:54 remaining in the game. Quarterback Nate Most led WSC on a 12 play, 81 yards scoring drive when he found Grant Otten in the end zone for a four yard TD with 31 seconds remaining in regulation to pull the ‘Cats with 10 at 24-14. Wayne State then attempted an onside kick that was unsuccessful and Sioux Falls was able to run out the clock to preserve the 24-14 victory.
The Wildcats were outgained in total offense 360-244 by the Cougars. WSC rushed for 71 yards while gaining another 173 through the air while USF netted 93 yards rushing and 267 passing. Charlie Davidson rushed 25 times for 73 yards. Quarterback Brian Kent was 10-23 passing for 87 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions while Nate Most was 7-13 for 86 yards and one score. Kevin Paulsen reeled in eight catches for 108 yards for the Wildcats.
For Sioux Falls, quarterback Taylor Perkins went 27-47 passing for 267 yards with one touchdown and one interception while rushing for 45 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Defensively, freshman cornerback Jon Davis led the Wildcats with eight tackles while Austan Pomajzl was second with seven tackles and had one interception. Nick Lewis also had an interception for WSC.
Wayne State finishes their season at 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the NSIC South Division.