Men's Varsity Football vs. Dakota State

W 45-42

6:00 PM - Saturday, September 3, 2016
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match



Dordt defeats Dakota State 45-42



Dordt College overcame a 16 point second quarter deficit to defeat Dakota State in non-conference football on Saturday, September 3.

The Defenders got down early as Jacob Giles passed to Austin Opdahl to conclude a five play, 81 yard drive with a 24 yard pass completion for a 7-0 lead at the 10:11 mark of the first quarter.  The drive was set up by a Dordt fumble deep in Dakota State territory.

Dordt answered with a seven play, 84 yard drive capped by Bryce Lidtka’s four yard run with 8:10 left in the quarter.  Dordt’s point after failed.

The visitors answered with a 60 yard pass on the third play of the drive with Giles against finding Opdahl just a minute after Dordt had it down to 7-6 and led 14-6. 

Lidtka scored his second touchdown at the 5:52 mark of the quarter to punch in a seven yard run but the two-point conversion failed and Dordt trailed 14-12.

The Trojans threatened to blow the game open with touchdowns at the 10:35 mark and the 8:12 mark to cap a pair of seven play drives and led 28-12.

The Defenders got a much needed response with Lamle to Miller circus catch at the 5:35 mark of the half to finish a 60 yard drive and  a 13 play, 89 yard drive ended with :12 left in the half with Lidtka punching it in from one yard out to make it 28-25 at halftime.

Dakota State re-established its running game in the third quarter and marched down the field 74 yards to lead 35-25 but Dordt scored the next 20 points.

Lidtka scored on a touchdown with 9:26 left in the third for his fourth touchdown and Keithen Drury scored on a pair of touchdown runs of seven and three yards.  The three yard run finished an 87 yard drive to establish the ten point lead.

Again, the visitors made it interesting.  Giles engineered a six play, 68 yard drive and Giles again found Opdahl for a five yard pass and the point after got the Trojans to within 45-42.

Dordt’s ensuing drive resulted in a Casey Byker punt that put Dakota State at its own 16 yard line with 5:50 left.  Dakota State worked the ball to the Dordt 15 yard line and on third and seven attempted a pass to the end zone that Dordt’s Ryan Cisneros broke up.  Facing fourth and seven the Trojans attempted a field goal that was wide right and Dordt took over at its own 20.

After two runs for three yards total, the Defenders again went to the air and Brock Lamle found the sure handed Jason Miller for a ten yard gain and Dordt was able to run out the clock.



Both offenses had their way in this one.  Dordt gained 593 yards of total offense and Dakota State had 572.

Dordt ran for 294 yards and passed for 299.  Dakota State had 255 yards rushing and 317 yards passing.

Dordt ran 102 total offensive plays.

Bryce Lidtka ran for a school record 255 yards on 43 carries and scored four touchdowns which tied the previous mark.

Jason Miller caught a school record 14 passes for 223 yards.

Brock Lamle had 20 completions for 255 yards and attempted 38 passes.

Keithen Drury had eight carries for 35 yards.

Dakota State’s Robert Johnson carried 18 times and had 178 yards.

The Trojans’ Jacob Giles was 24-41 passing for 317 yards and Preston Nording had eight catches for 110 yards and Austin Opdahl had five catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns.

Alex Vasquez led Dordt’s defense with seven solo and three assisted stops.

Gerrit Wybenga was in on eight solo and two assisted tackles.

Dordt is 1-0.  This is the third time in program history the Defenders are 1-0 and it’s the second time Dordt has opened a season with a narrow win over Dakota State.  Dordt got a blocked field goal late in the 2013 contest to preserve a 14-13 win.

Dordt will host McPherson (Kansas) on Saturday, September 10 at 1:00.  Dakota State is now 1-1.


“Our guys accepted the challenge tonight to win the momentum game and manufacture enthusiasm on the sideline.  The showed incredible resiliency.  It was a great team effort and I was proud of our coaches’ ability to adjust and our players’ ability to execute.”