Men's Varsity Football vs. Dakota State

W 40-20

4:00 PM - Saturday, October 22, 2011
Madison, South Dakota
Non-conference Match


Dordt College turned in a record setting performance on Saturday in a 40-20 non-conference football win over the Dakota State Trojans in Madison, South Dakota. The win marked Dordt's first ever road win in football and was the second for the Defenders over a non-conference foe this season. Dordt also has a 16-0 win over Waldorf to its credit this season.<p>Dordt dominated the early going, getting a pair of 29 yard field goals from Barry Dykstra to take a 6-0 lead after two possessions. The Defenders struck again early in the second quarter when a Justin Knot pump fake allowed Sam Du Mez to sprint past the defense and gather in the Knot aerial for a 30 yard score with 11:53 left in the half.<p>Dakota State responded with a pair of scores, both on short fields. The first score came on a five play, 40 yard drive with Jeb Olsen carrying it in on a seven yard pitch from Brandon Large. The Trojans would later score on a Large to Robert Ortiz pass from nine yards away to cap a three play, 13 yard drive. <p>Leading 13-12 at halftime, the Defenders established order early in the second half. After the defense stuffed Dakota State on its first possession of the second half, Daniel Fennig raced 51 yards on Dordt first play on offense for a score and a 20-12 lead. Another defensive stop gave the Defenders field position at their own 44 yard line and Fennig again got the call with a five yard plunge with 7:53 left in the third. <p>The 27-12 lead stood until the 6:59 mark of the game when Fennig scored for the third time, this time a three yard run that capped a 12 play drive and the Defenders answered Dakota State's only score of the second half with a fourth Fennig foray into the end zone at the 3:32 mark for a 40-20 win.<p>Fennig ran for a school record 168 yards on 30 carries and Trai Pickney gained 36 yards on 12 carries on a day when the Defenders gained 238 yards on the ground and ran 29 more plays from scrimmage than their opponent. Dakota State was limited to 111 yards on the ground and 111 yards in the air.<p>Justin Knot was 15-31 for a touchdown and 208 yards. David Griess caught eight passes for 85 yards and Du Mez had three catches for 72 and Ver Hulst four for 51 yards.<p>Dordt's defensive effort was led by Seth Vande Voort with three solo and four assisted stops and Jon Luetchens had three solo and two assisted tackles. Brice Kroeze and Aaron Hicks had two solo stops each and Kroeze got credit for a sack along with Jonathon Gardner, Gerrit Van Leeuwen and Micah Applegate. Anthony Hallum picked off one pass.<p>Dordt is 2-6 heading into a home game with Morningside while Dakota State falls to 1-7.<p>GPAC Scores:<p>
Northwestern College 46, Briar Cliff University 27<br>
Morningside College 34, Hastings College 14 <br>
Doane College 33, Dakota Wesleyan University 28 <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan University 10, Concordia University 7<br>
Dordt College 40, Dakota State University 20 <br>