Cardiac Win for Spartans Football

Oct 10, 2015


INDIANOLA, Iowa - The University of Dubuque football team held on to capture the road win against the Simpson College Storm 31-24. The Spartans scored inside the final minute to break a 24-24 tie on a five yard Maurece Herrion touchdown run. The cardiac comeback for UD left time on the clock and Simpson stormed the ball down the field in the final 44 seconds before Cody Binicewicz picked off a pass at the Spartan 20 yard line in the final :14 seconds to capture the battle and improve to 2-0 in the Iowa Conference. 

UD's first points of the afternoon were on a Curtis Prull 24 yard field goal with 1:12 eft of the second quarter. At the 10:36 mark of the third quarter, Tarshma Jackson scored on a two yard run after an eight play 69 yard drive for the Spartans to cut the Storm lead to 10-14. The Spartans took the lead 17-14 after seven yard touchdown grab from Dylan Schultz from Rio Johnson. The Storm roared back and took the lead after a four play 43 yard drive with :14 seconds left of the third quarter. The Spartans responded with a seven play 74 yard score on a Herrion three yard run at 12:45 left in the final quarter to lead 24-21. The Storm once again breezed down the field to knot the game at 24-24 after a 22 yard field goal with 2:40 left. UD's offense used a nine play 75 yard possession to re-take the lead 31-24 after Herrion scored his second touchdown in the second half on a five yard scamper. In the waining seconds, the Storm's fast paced offense moved the ball 28 yards on five plays to the Spartan 33 yard line with just :14 seconds to go before the interception by Binicewicz helped seal the Spartan victory.

Trenton Grana-Curry led the receivers with six catches for 139 yards while Herrion gained 87 yards on the ground. The Spartan defense made some key stops, none bigger than the final Simpson interception by Binicewicz on UD's 20 yard line with time running out. Dylan Hastings led the Spartans with 13 tackles inlcuding one for a loss. Larry Harleston finished with 10 tackles and two quarterback hurries and Blaine Snitker had nine. Special team play, Connor O'Malley punted three times for 124 yards for a season high average of 41.3 pards per punt. Brayden Neuendorf kicked off six times for 341 yards for an average of 56.8 yards a kick. Curtis Prull was a pe4rfect 4-4 in extra points and 1-1 in field goals with a 24 yard field goal in the second quarter.

UD improves to 2-0 in the Iowa Conference and 3-2 overall. Next week the Spartans welcome #6-ranked Wartburg College (5-0 overall, 2-0 in IIAC) to Chalmers Field with a 2:00 p.m. kick-off. 


Team Statistics (Final) 
2015 Simpson Football 
Dubuque vs Simpson (Oct 10, 2015 at Indianola, Iowa)

 Team Totals  DBQFB  SIM 
FIRST DOWNS  20  28 
   Rushing  13 
   Passing  14  13 
   Rushing Attempts  35  49 
   Average Per Rush  3.5  4.6 
   Rushing Touchdowns 
   Yards Gained Rushing  140  237 
   Yards Lost Rushing  17  13 
   Completions-Attempts-Int  18-32-0  20-30-2 
   Average Per Attempt  11.5  9.2 
   Average Per Completion  20.4  13.8 
   Passing Touchdowns 
   Total offense plays  67  79 
   Average Gain Per Play  7.3  6.3 
Fumbles: Number-Lost  0-0  2-1 
Penalties: Number-Yards  4-92  7-68 
PUNTS-YARDS  3-124  2-77 
   Average Yards Per Punt  41.3  38.5 
   Net Yards Per Punt  41.3  38.5 
   Inside 20 
   50+ Yards 
   Fair catch 
KICKOFFS-YARDS  6-341  5-301 
   Average Yards Per Kickoff  56.8  60.2 
   Net Yards Per Kickoff  36.2  37.4 
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD  0-0-0  0-0-0 
   Average Per Return  0.0  0.0 
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  3-64-0  6-124-0 
   Average Per Return  21.3  20.7 
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD  2--5-0  0-0-0 
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD  0-0-0  0-0-0 
Miscellaneous Yards 
Possession Time  24:19  35:30 
   1st Quarter  8:07  6:53 
   2nd Quarter  3:52  11:08 
   3rd Quarter  5:59  9:01 
   4th Quarter  6:21  8:28 
Third-Down Conversions  5 of 12  11 of 17 
Fourth-Down Conversions  0 of 2  1 of 2 
Red-Zone Scores-Chances  5-6  3-4 
Sacks By: Number-Yards  0-0  2-13 
PAT Kicks  4-4  3-3 
Field Goals  1-1  1-1