Zac Hoy had a pair of interception returns for touchdowns to lift Nebraska Wesleyan to a 21-0 victory over Dordt College on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 25) in GPAC football action at Abel Stadium in Lincoln.
Hoy had a 28 yard interception return in the first half for the lone score of the half to give NWU a 7-0 lead at halftime. In the fourth quarter, Hoy got his second pick "6" of the day with a 68-yard interception return giving the NWU defense their fourth touchdown of the season.
Steve Fricke capped off the Nebraska Wesleyan scoring late in the fourth quarter as he plunged two yards for a TD.
The shutout is the third straight time that NWU has held Dordt scoreless as the Defenders have never scored a point against Nebraska Wesleyan.
NWU (1-3, 1-3 GPAC) used another stellar defensive effort to pick up their first win of the year. The Prairie Wolves held Dordt to 269 yards of total offense, recorded three interceptions and forced two fumbles getting five total takeaways.
On offense, the Prairie Wolves showed signs of improvement, especially on the ground. NWU finished with 195 rushing yards using a balanced attack. Fricke led the way with 67 yards on 15 carries, freshman Dustin Bryant had 50 yards on 10 carries and fullback Matt Sharkey carried the ball 10 times for 49 yards.
Nate Hauptman was 12-26 for 128 yards and was intercepted once. NWU was also hurt by turnovers as they lost two fumbles, including one in the redzone on the opening drive of the game.
Senior Josh Kendle led the NWU defense with 10 total tackles and a forced fumble. It was a bittersweet day for Kendle as he was playing his final game of his career. He will undergo season-ending surgery next week and will not return.
Eric Broulette had nine total stops with a sack and Russell Walton also added a sack.
Dordt was led by backup quarterback Micah Twedell who was 14-23 for 109 yards. Twedell came in after starter Justin Knot was knocked out of the game in the first half. Josh VanKempen finished with 87 rushing yards on 16 carries, and Josh Mouw caught seven passes.
The Prairie Wolves hope to carry this momentum into next Saturday (Oct. 2) when they travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., to take on the No. 1 team in the country, University of Sioux Falls.
Courtesy: Nebraska Wesleyan University Sports Information