|Date:||October 20, 2018|
Luther made its first trip to Lincoln, Nebraska for an American Rivers Conference game and was defeated by Nebraska Wesleyan University 23-15. The win was the first for the Prairie Wolves in league play this season.
NWU held a 17-7 lead at halftime and added six more points in the third quarter. Following a 22-yard field goal early in the first frame, the Prairie Wolves blocked a punt three minutes later and returned it 19-yards for a touchdown. NWU completed its scoring with a 17-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter and a 24-yard pass midway through the third.
The Prairie Wolves tallied 446 yards of total offense thanks to the efforts of running back Shaka Taylor and quarterback Jonathan Curti. Taylor rushed for 127 yards on 25 carries, while Curti threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns. Curti completed 23 of 33 passes and was picked off once by Jeremey Whalen.
Luther had 317 yards of total offense, 180 coming on the ground and 137 coming in the air. Travis Vargas led the rushing attack with 65 yards on 9 carries and scored two touchdowns. He scored on a six-yard run at 4:16 of the first quarter and on a seven-yard run with 11:21 remaining in the game.
Ian Kuykendall, who threw for 137 yards, finished the afternoon with 43 yards rushing for 180 yards of total offense. Justin Montgomery and Tre Jensen were his main targets collecting five and four passes respectively.
The loss gives Luther an A-R-C record of 1-4, 1-6 overall. NWU is now 1-5 in league play, 2-6 overall.
Luther will host Simpson College (4-1, 5-2) one week from today for Homecoming. Kick-off in Carlson Stadium will take place at 1:00 p.m.
Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586