20th-ranked Midland ran for 271 yards and got a fourth quarter interception with 2:03 to play to seal the 14-6 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan in GPAC football action on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 6) at Abel Stadium in Lincoln. The win was the first for Midland over NWU since 2003, and also marked the first win for the Warriors in Lincoln since 1996.
Midland gets their sixth straight victory to improve to 8-2 overall, while NWU had their three-game winning snapped to fall to 4-5 overall.
After scoring 34 points each of the last two games, the NWU offense was held out of the end zone on Saturday. The only points for the Prairie Wolves were a pair of field goals for Steven Anderson, who has now made six straight field goals.
The Warriors jumped out to the early lead as they marched 80 yards on the opening drive of the game capped off by a 20-yard touchdown run by Khalid Waters.
NWU came right back on their first possession to go 55 yards in 12 plays to get the 22 yard field goal from Anderson. The Prairie Wolves had the ball 1st & Goal from the seven, but a pair of incompletions and a two-yard run forced the field goal.
The only other touchdown of the game came right before halftime as John Faulkner found Derrick Middleton on a middle screen pass for a TD from 18 yards out. The Warriors also threatened in the final minute before halftime, but Cody Eiler got an interception in the end zone to end the scoring opportunity.
On NWU's second possession of the second half, NWU drove inside the Midland redzone. On a key third down play, NWU had a wide open receiver across the middle drop a pass, but a holding penalty negated the play forcing the 30 yard field goal from Anderson.
NWU tried making their third straight fourth quarter comeback against the Warriors as they forced a Midland punt in the fourth quarter. After a 23-yard punt and kick catch interference, NWU had the ball at the Midland 38 yard line with 2:13 to play. On the first play of the drive, Nate Hauptman was intercepted by Dominique Lewis to seal the Warrior win.
Midland ran for 263 yards on he day, led by Khalid Waters with 146 yards on 24 carries. Derrick Middleton had 94 yards on 18 carries for the Warriors. Faulkner finished 12-20 for 122 yards and a TD for Midland.
NWU also had success on the ground led by fullback Matt Sharkey. Sharkey had a career-high 112 yards on 15 carries to give NWU their first 100-yard rusher of the season. Hauptman was 12-23 for 139 yards with an interception in the air.
Linebacker Eric Broulette had a huge day for NWU with 17 total tackles, including 10 solo stops. Tyler Schultz and Cody Eiler both had 10 tackles.
NWU will end the season next Saturday (Nov. 13) at Hastings College in Hastings.
Courtesy: NWU Sports Information