WAYNE – Starting off a two-game homestand, the Wayne State College football team hosted Southwest Minnesota State University during homecoming Saturday afternoon.
From Bob Cunningham field on the campus of Wayne State College, the contest saw a low-scoring first half with three made field goals. In the second half, WSC outscored SMSU 14-3 to pick up a 20-6 victory. Wayne State College is now 4-2 (2-0 South) while the Mustangs fall back to 2-4 (0-2 South).
Three out of the four Wayne State scores took 11 plays or more as WSC got on the board with a late first quarter field goal from sophomore placekicker Ethan Knudson from 24 yards out. The ‘Cats added another field goal then early in the second quarter (25-yards) when Knudson punched through his fifth straight field goal from the past two games.
Southwest Minnesota State was not out of the game as they drove down the field later in the quarter to convert a 37-yard field goal.
Score at the half found Wayne State leading 6-3.
The Wildcat defense stepped up in the third quarter with three, three-and-outs.
Wayne State senior quarterback Zach Osborn found senior wideout Nate Rogers in the end zone for a two-yard passing touchdown to extend their lead, 13-3 late in the third quarter.
Halfway through the fourth quarter, SMSU then knocked in a 25-yard field goal to make the score, 13-6 in favor of WSC.
The Wildcats kept the ball on the ground to milk some clock as senior running back Rashad Trimble wound up scoring from 52-yards out.
Final score, Wayne State College defeated Southwest Minnesota State University 20-6.
Osborn finished 14-30 for 147 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown. His favorite target was junior wideout Layne Sullivan with seven catches for 47 yards followed by Rogers with two grabs for 35 yards and a score. On the ground Trimble carried the ball 25 times for 159 yards and a score.
Defensively, junior defensive back Aaron Wright recorded an interception. Junior cornerback Emile Hope (six solo), sophomore linebacker Kolbie Foster (four solo) and sophomore linebacker Tyler Thomsen (four solo) each had eight tackles. Senior linebacker DeWayne Scott added two tackles for loss.
Wayne State College is back at home on Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m. when Sioux Falls comes to town.
NSIC Scores: *Thursday Night
Northern State 27, Minot State 19*
St. Cloud State 53, Minnesota Crookston 27
Bemidji State 45, University of Mary 19
#5 Minnesota State-Mankato 42, Augustana 21
Minnesota Duluth leads 23, MSU Moorhead 14
Upper Iowa 34, Concordia St. Paul 29
#22 Winona State 31, #6 Sioux Falls 13