Doane College picked up a 42-14 GPAC football win over Concordia on Saturday afternoon in Crete. Doane improved to 2-3 overall and in conference play with the win. Concordia has lost four straight and is 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the GPAC following the loss.
The Tigers took a 7-0 lead on the first drive of the game. Doane converted a couple of third downs and marched 57 yards in eight plays. Tim Reed’s 5-yard touchdown run put the Tigers on top with 10:49 remaining in the first quarter.
Concordia responded quickly and tied the game up on their first drive of the game. The Bulldogs used eight plays to march 73 yards for the score. Concordia picked up 71 of those 73 yards on the ground. Charles Dunbar had a 40-yard run to put the Bulldogs deep into Doane territory. Austin Freudenberg scored from five yards out to tie the game.
The offenses continued to shine in the first quarter, as Doane College took a 14-7 lead on Reed’s second rushing touchdown of the game. The Tigers moved 72 yards in just seven plays, and Reed scored from 19 yards out to reclaim the lead for Doane.
The Bulldogs rallied once again with another long scoring drive. Concordia moved 82 yards in 11 plays. Quarterback Cohl Tufford culminated the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs.
Doane committed the first turnover on the day on the following drive. The Tigers were driving once again and moved the ball deep into Concordia territory. However, Concordia’s Michael Voelker intercepted an attempted screen pass to kill the drive.
Following the first turnover of the game, Concordia gave the ball right back. Doane’s Brady Roder recovered a fumbled Concordia pitch, and the Tigers were back in business. Doane marched 51 yards in seven plays to reclaim the lead at 21-14. Jaremy Puthoff had multiple carries on the drive, and his 7-yard touchdown run put Doane on top.
Concordia put another drive together down the stretch in the second quarter. The Bulldogs moved all the way inside the Doane five yard line. Nate Sindt hauled in a one-handed touchdown grab for Concordia, but the play was negated because of an offensive pass interference call. On the following play, Tufford had a pass intercepted by Doane’s Byron Evans, and Doane took a 21-14 lead into halftime.
The Bulldogs, who entered the day averaging just 175 yards of total offense a game, totaled 244 yards of total offense in the first half. Doane accumulated 230 yards of total offense in the opening half.
Concordia fumbled the ball away on the opening drive of the second half. The Bulldog defense held, however, and Doane was unable to capitalize on the Concordia mistake. The Bulldogs got the ball back but were unable to put points on the board. The Doane defense stopped Concordia on fourth down, and the Tigers were set up with great field position.
On the ensuing drive, the Tigers needed just three plays to push the lead to 14 at 28-14. Doane moved 48 yards, and Reed’s 33-yard touchdown run culminated the drive. It was Reed’s third rushing score of the game.
Concordia turned it over again on the following drive. The Bulldogs moved 45 yards in nine plays, but Michael Winter picked off a Tufford pass. Doane quickly converted the turnover into points. The Tigers needed just four plays to move 79 yards for a score. Dunn connected with Jess Ver Velde on a 54-yard touchdown reception to increase the Tiger lead to 35-14.
The fourth quarter started with yet another turnover by the Bulldog offense. Tufford was picked off for the third time of the game. Doane tacked on another score with just over eight minutes remaining in the game. Puthoff scored his second rushing touchdown of the game, and the Tigers held a 42-14 advantage.
Concordia finished with 410 yards of total offense in the game. Doane had 421 yards of total offense. Dunn was 11-of-16 through the air for the Tigers for 209 yards and a touchdown. Reed carried the ball 10 times for 92 yards and the three scores. Puthoff added two rushing scores for Doane. Tufford was 13-of-25 through the air for Concordia but finished with a fumble and three interceptions on the day. Kyle Hoffman caught five passes for 74 yards for the Bulldogs.
Concordia hosts Briar Cliff University next Saturday in a 1 pm contest at Bulldog Stadium.