Football Tops William Jewell In Season Opener, 44-30

first_img Photo Gallery Andrew Yarwood Eric Saubert Cody Stepanek Josh Lee John Hugunin Michael Hudson Bryan Pisklo Preview Philip Hespen Andy Rice Mack Marrin Drake vs. William Jewell Final Stats Conley Wilkins Story Links Sean Lynch Next Game: at North Dakota 9/12/2015 – 5:00 PM Drake vs. William Jewell Final Stats Full Schedule Roster DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team opened the 2015 season with a 44-30 victory over William Jewell on Saturday night at Drake Stadium.Conley Wilkins (Overland Park, Kan.) led the Bulldogs with his third career 100-yard rushing game as he carried the ball 22 times for 110 yards and three touchdowns.Fifth-year senior Andy Rice (Stevens Point, Wis.) completed 24-of-37 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Rice completed passes to nine different receivers, as senior Eric Saubert (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) was his top target with seven receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.Defensively, John Hugunin (Oswego, Ill.) and Sean Lynch (Hawthorn Woods, Ill) led Drake with nine tackles apiece, followed by Mack Marrin (Mendota Heights, Minn.) with six.An interception in the end zone by senior Bryan Pisklo (Tulsa, Okla.) helped eliminate a potential early deficit for the Bulldogs, as a special teams miscue allowed Jewell to get the ball back on DU’s 13 yard line. The Bulldog offense took advantage of Pisklo’s pick as they marched down the field for a 10-play 80-yard drive, which was capped by a seven-yard touchdown run by Wilkins to give Drake a 7-0 lead midway through the first period.Another Bulldog miscue near the end of the first-quarter gave the Cardinals good field position once again. But Drake’s defense stood strong and managed to hold Jewell to a field goal, as the Bulldogs took a 7-3 lead into the second period.With another three-and-out by the Drake defense, the offense put together another solid drive which resulted in Josh Lee (Decorah, Iowa) making his first collegiate field goal from 27 yards out with 7:15 left in the half.The Bulldogs managed to get the ball back with 35 second left in the first-half and got in field goal range. Lee nailed a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give Drake a 13-3 lead at halftime.In the third-quarter a combined 26 points were scored in the first half of the period.The Bulldogs opened the second-half with a touchdown. Rice found a wide open Michael Hudson (Urbandale, Iowa) as Hudson put Drake down to the one yard line. On the very next play Wilkins punched it into the end zone to give DU a 19-3 lead as the point after was blocked.The Cardinals answered with a 9-play 70-yard touchdown drive. Drake’s Philip Hespen (Crystal Lake, Ill.) blocked the point after to keep it 10-point game, 19-9 .Three plays later, Rice connected with Andrew Yarwood (South Elgin, Ill.) for a 48-yard touchdown. Jewell responded by returning the ensuing kickoff back for a 97-yard touchdown, which tied for the fourth longest kickoff return by a Drake opponent, and cut its deficit to 26-16.The Cardinals pulled within a touchdown, 29-23, as they scored on the first drive of the fourth-quarter. The Bulldogs stopped all of Jewell’s momentum when Saubert broke three tackles for a 22-yard touchdown catch, pushing Drake’s lead back to two scores, 44-23.Wilkins found the end zone for the third time with 5:44 left to play, capitalizing on an interception by Cody Stepanek (Yale, Iowa).Jewell managed to score one more touchdown with 1:31 left for a final score of 44-30.The Bulldogs will travel to North Dakota on Saturday, Sept. 12. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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