In their second home game of the early season, Northwestern struggled in a mud bowl with Black Hills State (S.D.), falling 21-7. A heavy downpour was present most of the day until half, resulting in a mud pit in the middle of the field.
Black Hills State struck first with 6:25 in the first quarter as they used the entire field on a 13-play, 93-yard drive resulting in a 6-yard touchdown run.
The Rangers tied the game up just before half when Nate Guillory edged in on a 1-yard run.
The Yellow Jackets came out from half and struck for the second time on a four-yard rush as Clint Nicholes scored his second touchdown of the afternoon. BHSU put the icing on the cake with a fourth quarter touchdown with 4:23 to go, connecting on a 32-yard pass.
Total offense was virtually the same, as NWOSU had just two more total yards. The Rangers totaled 188 yards, including 108 on the ground. BHUS used the air attack, passing for 138 yards and tallying 186 total yards.
Nate Guillory stole the show for Northwestern, rushing 32 times. He totaled 145 yards of NWOSU’s 188 yards. Clayton Smith rushed five times for 22 yards. On the receiving end, Korey Williams caught four passes for 47 yards.
Lantz Mathers paced the defensive unit with seven tackles. He had 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack for seven yards. Justin Fulmer wrapped up six tackles, with one for a loss.
Northwestern suffered four fumbles, but lost just one, as the opposition fumble twice, losing both.
The Rangers will hit the road for their first away game next week as they meet Southwestern Assemblies of God University for a 2 p.m. kick off in Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 19.
Posted on Sat, September 12, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt