NAIA Game of the Week
No. 13 Northwestern (Iowa) (1-0) at No. 20 Doane (Neb.) (0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 14 | 1 p.m. CDT | Simon Field | Crete, Neb.
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• Saturday’s NAIA Football Game of the Week pits a pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) rivals when No. 13 Northwestern (Iowa) (1-0) travels to Crete, Neb., to play No. 20 Doane (Neb.) (0-1).
• At halftime of Saturday’s game, Doane will rededicate its field after NAIA Hall of Fame coach Elvin “Al” Papik. Papik, who served as the head football coach, track and field coach, and the athletic director during his tenure at Doane, was a three-time NAIA District 11 Coach of the Year. His most famous seasons came during the mid-to-late 1960’s when his Tigers rattled off 38-consecutive victories – the longest streak in college football during that time period.
• The Red Raiders own a 16-12-2 edge in the all-time series, including a 7-2 mark dating back to 2004. During that nine-year stretch, Northwestern has been dominant on offense, outscoring Doane, 308-124.
• Last season, Northwestern finished second in the GPAC conference standings with a 9-3 record (7-2 GPAC), while Doane was third at 7-3 (6-3 GPAC). Eventual national runner-up Morningside (Iowa) claimed the conference crown after running the table in the regular season.
• In the 2012 meeting, Northwestern totaled 406 yards of total offense, while its defense held Doane to a season-low 234 total yards. Battery mates Theo Bartman and Brandon Smith combined for 260 of the Red Raiders 262 rushing yards in the contest. Bartman paced the duo with a then-career-high 143 yards on 20 carries, while Smith recorded 117 yards on 21 attempts. Both scored one touchdown in the contest.
• Northwestern return two of its three key pieces on offense from the 2012 campaign – Bartman and quarterback Davis Bloemendaal. Bartman was second on the team in rushing and rushing touchdowns with 1,287 yards and 14 scores. Additionally, he led the team in receptions (46) and all purpose yards (2,112). In his second full season as the starter, Bloemendaal completed 166-of-281 passes (59.1 percent) for 2,213 yards and 21 touchdowns. He set a career-high with 336 passing yards in Northwestern’s 2012 season opener against Southwestern (Kan.) on August 30, 2012.
• In their season opener last Saturday, the Red Raiders exploded for 28 first quarter points en route to a 55-37 win over Bacone (Okla.). Bloemendaal, who would later be named the GPAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance, matched a career-high with four touchdown passes. He also rushed for two more in leading the Northwestern offense to 604 total yards. Bloemendaal completed 17-of-25 passes for 316 yards – his third career 300-yard game. In addition to Bloemendaal, wide receiver Ben Green and running back Jessie Riley had career days against the Warriors. Green finished the contest with seven catches for 177 yards and three touchdowns, while Riley led the ground attack with 108 yards on 12 carries.
• As of Sept. 12, Northwestern ranks amongst the top 10 nationally in 11 categories – fourth down conversion (100 percent), penalty yards per game (137.0), sacks (8), pass efficiency (227.0), total offense per game (604.0), first downs per game (28.0), scoring offense per game (55.0), rushing defense per game (60.0), pass offense per game (316.0), third down conversion (57.1 percent) and rushing offense per game (288.0).
• Doane, one of the GPAC’s original six charter members, enters the Game of the Week with one loss after dropping a 24-21 overtime heartbreaker at Friends (Kan.) last Saturday. Friends controlled the tempo early, holding the Tiger offense to only 35 yards in the first half, as the Falcons owned a 12-0 lead at the break. Doane found its stride in the second half and eventually tied the game on a 49-yard Jordan Pedersen field goal as time expired. However, the Tigers were held to only a field goal in the overtime period and Friends responded with a touchdown.
• Second-year quarterback Phil Hamburger made his first career start against the Falcons. Hamburger proved efficient, completing 17-of-33 passes (51.5 percent) for 209 yards and a touchdown, while also running for 63 yards on 15 attempts. Hamburger played in four games in 2012 as a reserve behind starter Jeff Weander.
• Defensive back Ben Muff leads the team with 10 tackles (nine solo) and one interception on the young season.
• Pedersen was named the GPAC Special Teams Player of the Week after going 4-for-4 on field goals in the loss at Friends. He connected on attempts of 46, 30, 49 and 36 yards.
• As a team, Doane ranks in the top five nationally in field goal percentage (100 percent), PAT kicking (100 percent) and opponent penalties (20).
Note – Portions of this information was provided by the Northwestern and Doane Sports Information Departments
This Week Around the Top 25
• This week (Sept. 9 – Sept. 15) features 20 Top 25 teams in action in addition to the two programs featured in the NAIA Game of the Week. Those contests include:
o RV Nebraska Wesleyan at No. 1 Morningside (Iowa)
o Wisconsin-Oshkosh at No. 2 Marian (Ind.)
o No. 2 Missouri Valley at No. 18 Ottawa (Kan.)
o No. 4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) at University of Indianapolis
o No. 5 Saint Francis (Ind.) at No. 16 William Penn (Iowa)
o No. 6 Georgetown (Ky.) at No. 9 Bethel (Tenn.)
o No. 7 Montana Tech at No. 12 Carroll (Mont.)
o No. 8 Cumberlands (Ky.) at No. 21 Belhaven (Miss.)
o No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) at No. 17 Tabor (Kan.)
o Taylor (Ind.) at No. 11 St. Ambrose (Iowa)
o No. 15 Baker (Kan.) vs. Saint Mary (Kan.)
o No. 22 Evangel (Mo.) at Kansas Wesleyan
o No. 23 Langston (Okla.) at Incarnate Word University
o No. 24 Benedictine (Kan.) at RV Friends (Kan.)
• Ranked teams finished last week with a 9-8 record.
o Ohio Dominican University (NCAA Division II) def. No. 6 Georgetown (Ky.), 41-14
o No. 1 Morningside (Iowa) def. RV Valley City State (N.D.), 56-28
o No. 4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) def. No. 2 Marian (Ind.), 31-24 (OT)
o No. 7 Montana Tech def. Eastern Oregon, 23-7
o No. 8 Cumberlands (Ky.) def. No. 25 Cumberland (Tenn.), 41-10
o RV Kentucky Christian def. No. 9 Bethel (Tenn.), 24-10
o No. 12 Carroll (Mont.) def. Montana State-Northern, 31-3
o No. 13 Northwestern (Iowa) def. RV Bacone (Okla.), 55-37
o Montana Western def. No. 14 Southern Oregon, 38-34
o No. 15 Baker (Kan.) def. No. 18 Ottawa (Kan.), 25-24
o No. 17 Tabor (Kan.) def. RV Nebraska Wesleyan, 10-9
o No. 19 Grand View (Iowa) def. Siena Heights (Mich.), 24-21
o RV Friends (Kan.) def. No. 20 Doane (Neb.), 24-21 (OT)
o Louisiana College (NCAA Division III) def. No. 21 Belhaven (Miss.), 38-7
• For the second-straight week, No. 14 Southern Oregon lost to an unranked opponent, as the Radiers fell 38-34 on the road at Montana Western. Montana Western was led by running back Sam Rutherford, who finished the day with 11 carries for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Both squads tallied more than 400 yards of total offense, including 494 yards by Southern Oregon. The loss drops the Raiders to 0-2 on the season.
• In last week’s NAIA Football Game of the Week, No. 4 Saint Xavier (Ill.) rallied for a 31-24 overtime win against defending national champion and second-ranked Marian (Ind.). The Cougars scored 21 unanswered second half points en route to the victory. The Cougar offense was led by Joe Gill, who completed 31-of-51 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. NAIA National Football Defensive Player of the Week Zach Dolph and fellow linebacker Alex Walters each tallied a game-high 15 tackles. For a complete recap, click here.
• To view the complete 2013 NAIA Football Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, click here.
For the Record
• Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and Jamestown (N.D.) were the first college football teams to play a regular season game in 2013, as the two sides squared off August 23 at Connors Stadium in Miles City, Mont. Quarterback Bryce Baker tossed three touchdowns to rally the Battlin’ Bears to a 34-20 victory. Baker passed for 265 of Rocky Mountain’s 495 yards of total offense. He also rushed for one score.
• Three new programs made their NAIA debut August 31: Oklahoma Baptist, who was playing in its first football game since 1940, lost at Southwestern (Kan.), 26-22, while Reinhardt (Ga.) fell 40-37 to NCAA Division I FCS Mercer (Ga.) and Warner (Fla.) dropped a 31-3 decision at NCAA Division II Stetson (Fla.). All three teams are winless entering the third full week of the NAIA football season and are in action Saturday.
• Future NAIA football programs are: College of Idaho (2014), Missouri Baptist (2014), Southeastern (Fla.) (2014), Arizona Christian (2014) and Lyon (Ark.) (2015). Since 2008, the NAIA has added 16 varsity programs (portions of this information from the National Football Foundation).
• Morningside head coach Steve Ryan rests one win away from becoming the 10th active NAIA coach to reach 100 wins. Last Saturday, the Mustangs knocked off Valley City State (N.D.), 56-28, to improve Ryan’s career mark to 99-31. Morningside hosts Great Plains Athletic Conference rival Nebraska Wesleyan Saturday at 7 p.m. CDT.
• Zach Dolph of Saint Xavier (Ill.), Albert Huntley of Cumberlands (Ky.) and E.J. White of St. Francis (Ill.) were named as this week’s NAIA National Football Players of the Week. To read the complete release, click here.
• Grand View (Iowa) and Pikeville (Ky.) earned week-one victories against NCAA Division I FCS opponents. Grand View, whose win is its first-ever against a NCAA Division I school, knocked off Drake (Iowa), 21-16. Viking quarterback Derek Fulton had a career day, completing 26-of-40 passes for 291 yards and one touchdown en route to the win. Propelled by 100-yard efforts by Seth Millar and Marquis Terrell, Pikeville took down Morehead State (Ky.), 13-10. Both sides finished with 300-plus yards of total offense, but three Morehead State turnovers played a key role in Pikeville’s season-opening victory.
• Fifteen individuals set 2013 individual game highs last week:
o Total Offense – E.J. White, St. Francis (Ill.), 534 yards
o Rushing Yards – Derek Elliott, Valley City State (N.D.), 266 yards
o Passing Touchdowns – E.J. White, St. Francis (Ill.), 6 touchdowns
o Longest Pass – Jon Bane, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), 87 yards
o Longest Reception – Anthony Muilenburg, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), 87 yards
o Punt Returns – Seth Brewton, Cumberlands (Ky.), 7 returns
o Punt Return Yards – Josh Lewis, Avila (Mo.), 144 yards
o Punt Return Touchdowns – Josh Lewis, Avila (Mo.), 2 touchdowns
o Longest Punt Return – Willie Gibson, Cumberlands (Ky.), 85 yards
o Kick Returns – L.J. Stegall, Reinhardt (Ga.), 8 returns
o Kick Return Yards – Antonio Bray, Sterling (Kan.), 215 yards
o Longest Kick Return – Jahron Reynolds, Bethel (Tenn.), 100 yards
o Interception Return Yards – Ukpono Udi, Saint Mary (Kan.), 129 yards
o Longest Interception Return – Ukpono Udi, Saint Mary (Kan.), 99 yards
o Tackles – Casey Griffith, Montana Western, 17 tackles
National Statistics (through games played on Sept. 7)
• 2013 Team Offensive Leaders
o Scoring Offense per Game: Avila (Mo.) – 80.0 points per game
o Total Offense per Game: St. Francis (Ill.) – 653.0 yards per game
o Rushing Offense per Game: Morningside (Iowa) – 386.0 yards per game
o Passing Offense per Game: St. Francis (Ill.) – 429.0 yards per game
o Turnover Margin per Game: Three tied – 5.0 turnovers per game
o First Downs per Game: Morningside (Iowa) – 35.0 first downs per game
o Third Down Conversion: Taylor (Ind.) – 64.3 percent (9-of-14)
o Fourth Down Conversion: 12 teams tied at 100.0 percent
• 2013 Team Defensive Leaders
o Scoring Defense per Game: Trinity International (Ill.) – 3.0 points per game
o Total Defense per Game: Trinity International (Ill.) – 132.0 yards per game
o Rushing Defense per Game: Trinity International (Ill.) – (-17.5) yards per game
o Passing Defense per Game: Presentation (S.D.) – 18.0 yards per game
o Sacks: Faulkner (Ala.) – 14.0 sacks
o Opponent Third Down Conversion: Nebraska Wesleyan – 8.3 percent (1-of-12)
o Opponent Fourth Down Conversion: 17 tied at 0.0 percent
• For a complete look at the 2013 NAIA statistical leaders, click here.
Looking Ahead to the National Championship
The 58th annual NAIA Football National Championship will take place at Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga., for the sixth-straight season. The 2013 championship will be contested Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. EDT. The NAIA Football Championship Series is scheduled for Nov. 23, 30 and Dec. 7 at campus sites.
NAIA Football National Championship Visitor Information – Click HERE