Football Results

Dordt College Football vs. Northwestern

September 24, 2007

(Orange City, Iowa) The Northwestern Red Raiders used big plays in the first half and sustained drives in the second half to defeat the Dordt College Defenders 34-12 in football action at De Valois Stadium in Orange City, Iowa on Monday night. The Defender led twice in the first half and had the lead down to 13-12 late in the third quarter only to have Northwestern score three touchdowns in the final 18:06 to pull away.

Dordt got on the board first when Nick Sohre kicked a 36 yard field goal with 1:33 left in the first quarter and capped an 11 play drive that was set up when David Shabani recovered a fumble for the Defenders at the Dordt college 43 yard line. Dordt recovered the ensuing kickoff in Northwestern territory but could not move the football and Northwestern got the ball at their own 32 yard line near the start of the second quarter. Jordan Langer flashed around the left side and went untouched for a 68 yard touchdown run that gave Northwestern a 7-3 lead with 13:48 left in the half.

Dordt got a touchdown with 2:44 left in the second quarter when Fred Leyendekker stepped in front of a Northwestern pass and raced 69 yards for a touchdown and after the kick failed the Defenders held a 9-7 lead. Northwestern scored on the next drive, converting a third and long play inside the Defender twenty to set up a Ryan Mitchell three yard touchdown run with under a minute left in the half.

Trailing 13-9, the Defenders scored first in the second half. This time it was Sohre converting a field goal from 28 yards to trim the lead to 13-12 with 8:06 remaining in the third quarter. Northwester took the ensuing drive and ground out a combination of 13 plays for 65 yards over 5:00 minutes, capping the drive with a pass from Mitchell to Caleb Van Otterloo for 21 yards and a 20-12 lead with 3:06 left in the third.

Dordt didn't have an answer and teh Red Raiders went 61 yards at the beginning of the fourth quarter, capping a ten play-61 yard drive wtih a Ryan Mitchell eight yard run with 12:28 left in the game. Northwestern got another score for insurance with 10:02 left when Jordan Langer went 47 yards up the middle for his second touchdown. The drive was set up on a Dordt College fumble.

Dordt did drive the football into Northwestern territory with 7:53 left in the game but an interception ended the Dordt threat at the Northwestern 38.

Dordt's Ben Robbins had 43 yards on 25 carries while Northwestern's Jordan Langer had 208 yards on 25 rushes. Adam Shirley connected on 11 pass completions on 29 attempts for 86 yards and Ryan Campbell had five catches for 38 yards and Joey Vander Schaaf four catches for 35 yards. Northwestern outgained Dordt College 365-138.

Fred Leyendekker had two interceptions and six solo tackles--two for loss and was credited with 84 yards on the interception returns. Chris Minnema had a pickoff along with seven solo and four assisted stops and Willie Smoot had eight solo and four assisted stops and was credited with 3.5 tackles for loss. Jake Dykstra, Jake Esselink and Morgan Halpert each had four solo tackles.

Dordt will host Briar Cliff on Monday, October 1 at 6:00 in their next outing.

Dordt's Current Record: 0-4 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 2-0 (0-0)

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Dordt College 3 6 3 0 12
Northwestern 0 13 7 14 34
Team Stats First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Total Yards
Dordt College 12 50 88 138
Opponent 34 235 130 365
Dordt Rushing Leaders Att Yards TD
Ben Robbins 25 43 0
Brandon Hicks 4 12 0
Opponent Rushing Leaders Att Yards TD
Jordan Langer 25 208 2
Ryan Mitchell 9 49 2
Dordt Passing Leaders Cmp/Att Yards TD
Adam Shirley 29/11 86 0
Opponent Passing Leaders Cmp/Att Yards TD
Ryan Mitchell 9/5 88 1
Matt Roesner 13/4 35 0
Dordt Receiving Leaders Catches Yards TD
Ryan Campbell 5 38 0
Joey Vander Schaaf 4 35 0
Ben Robbins 2 13 0
Opponent Receiving Leaders Catches Yards TD
Caleb Van Otterloo 3 62 1
Keith Hildreth 3 29 0
Dordt Tackles Leaders Solo Assists
Willie Smoot 8 4
Chris Minnema 7 4
Fred Leyendekker 6 1
Jake Dykstra 4 3
Opponent Tackles Leaders Solo Assists
Austin Roozeboom 6 2
Mike Bibelheimer 4 0
David Butler 3 2

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