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Wildcat Football Falls To Northern State In Triple Overtime

Posted: 09 September, 2013

ABERDEEN, S.D. - The Wildcats took their opening drive of the game and marched down the field to score, grabbing a 7-0 lead when redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Osborn found Tonev Abraham on a 10 yard scoring play to cap a 15 play, 75 yard drive to open the game.
Following a Northern State punt, WSC moved the ball again on their second drive of the game, but the drive stalled when redshirt freshman Tyler Basch missed wide right on a 33 yard field goal to keep the score at 7-0.  After gaining 130 yards on their first two drives of the game, WSC was forced to punt on their next three possessions of the first half and gained 93 yards on the remaining five drives of the first half to hold a 7-0 lead at halftime.
On the first drive of the third quarter, Wayne State missed on another scoring opportunity when Basch’s 40-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright keeping the score at 7-0. 
The score remained 7-0 until early in the fourth quarter when Northern State knotted the score at 7-7 on a Jared Jacobson one yard run with 14:57 remaining in the game.  The Wolves took their first lead of the night with 4:47 to play in the game when Jacobson found John Hughes on a eight yard scoring pass putting Northern State in front 14-7.
Wayne State responded on the ensuing drive as the Wildcats drove 75 yards on eight plays to even the score at 14-14 when Charlie Davidson ran 20 yards for a touchdown with just 1:52 to play in the game.  A key play on the drive was right before the touchdown when Osborn connected with Tonev Abraham on a 25 yard pass on a fourth and five from the NSU 45 to keep the drive alive.
Northern State had the ball one last time in regulation and moved the ball to the WSC 29, but a 46 yard field goal with two seconds left was blocked by Wayne State’s J’Ron Erby to send the game into overtime tied at 14-14.
Both teams scored in the first overtime with Wayne State’s score coming on a three yard pass from Osborn to Nate Rogers making the score 21-21 heading into the second overtime.  Each team missed field goals in the second overtime as a holding penalty on WSC forced a 57-yard attempt by Basch while Northern State’s Nathan Shaw was short on a 42-yard attempt moving the game into a third extra session.
Northern State had the ball first in the third overtime and scored on the first play, a 25-yard pass from Jacobson to Tanner White with a two-point pass conversion good giving the Wolves a 29-21 lead. 
Wayne State used a Charlie Davidson three yard run to score in the third overtime, but a two point pass from Osborn to Cody Calhoun in the right corner of the end zone failed as Northern State held on for the 29-27 win.
Wayne State outgained Northern State in the contest 425-302 with the Wildcats gaining 222 yards on the ground and another 203 passing.  Northern State had 88 yards rushing and 214 passing.  Senior Charlie Davidson ran the ball 41 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats on the ground.  The 41 carries were the second most in a single game by a Wildcat running back.  Redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Osborn completed 19 of 46 passes for 203 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.  His top receiver was junior Tonev Abraham with 12 catches for 140 yards and one score.  South Sioux City freshman Nate Rogers added two receptions for 10 yards and one score.
Defensively, linebacker Tyson McGill and defensive end Jeff Van Den Top each recorded nine tackles for Wayne State with Van Den Top credited for two sacks totaling 18 yards.  Sophomore Jon Davis had three pass breakups.
Wayne State will be at home next weekend, hosting the University of Mary in a 1 p.m. contest at Cunningham Field.

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