Sioux Falls pulls away for 31-7 win over Wildcats

No. 18-ranked Sioux Falls overcame an early deficit by holding Wayne State to just 116 yards of total offense in the final three quarters as the Cougars posted a 31-7 victory over Wayne State Thursday evening at Bob Cunningham Field in Wayne.

It was a defensive battle early as both teams punted on their first two possessions, but the Wildcats scored first as they broke into the scoring column on their third series of the game when Zach Osborn hit Sam Wegner for a 49-yard touchdown to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 3:29 left in the opening period.

It was all Sioux Falls after that, as the Cougar defense shut down the Wayne State offense and put up 17 second-quarter points to take a 17-7 lead into the locker room.

The Sioux Falls defense shut down the Wildcat offense in the second half, limiting Wayne State (4-3, 2-1 NSIC South) to just 88 yards of offense, as the Cougars scored two more touchdowns for a 31-7 win.

Sioux Falls finished the game with 376 yards of total offense while holding WSC to 198. Osborn was 8-of-28 for 145 yards and one touchdown. Wegner had two catches for 89 yards and one score while Nate Rogers had four receptions for 52 yards. Rashad Trimble was limited to 23 yards rushing on 11 carries.

Defensively, Ian Ailts made 10 tackles followed by Emeka Etta with nine.

Wayne State’s next game is Saturday, Oct. 21 at No. 13 Winona State in a 2 p.m. matchup in Winona, Minn.

The Wayne Herald

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