The Tiger football team came into Saturday's action off a bye week and was looking to rebound from back-to-back tough losses. The task was not easy as went on the road to No. 16 Concordia who was also looking to rebound from a loss. The Doane defense stepped up to several challenges in the game and the offense controlled the ground attack as the Tigers won 28-7.
The Tigers kicked off to open the game and tried to catch the Bulldogs off guard with an on-sides kick attempt however the ball went out of bounds, giving Concordia excellent field position to open the game. The Doane defense held the Bulldogs to three plays and a punt.
Doane took over at the 18 yard line and moved into Bulldog territory but were stopped on fourth down, giving Concordia the ball on the 42 yard line. The Bulldogs took advantage of the field position and went 12 plays to pick up a touchdown to go in front 7-0.
Following a short kick-off, Jeremy Wallace returned the ball back into Concordia territory to give Doane the short field to start their next possession. Seven plays later, Phil Thramer found the end zone to tie the game at 7-7. All 40 yards on the drive came via the run, including an 18-yard scamper by Alex Dose.
The Doane defense held Concordia to another three-and-out, setting up a punt. Justin Malleck busted through the line and blocked the punt, giving Doane possession at the Concordia 21. The game moved into the second quarter and the Tiger drive was capped by another Thramer rushing touchdown to give Doane the lead.
For the second straight defensive possession, Doane held Concordia to negative yardage. A good punt return by Josh Boggs moved the Tigers into Bulldog territory at the 43 yard line. Six plays later, Thramer hit Nate Meier for a seven-yard touchdown reception to go in front 21-7.
Doane would hold the two touchdown lead going into halftime with Concordia's only scoring chance coming late in the quarter. The Bulldogs drove down to the Tiger 23 yard line but missed a 40-yard field goal attempt to the left.
The Tigers' longest drive of the game came on their second possession of the third quarter when Doane ran 11 plays. On third down and 25 yards to go, Meier raced 38 yards to the end zone to give the Tigers a 28-7 lead.
Concordia was threatening as the third quarter was set to come to a close. The Bulldogs had third-and-goal inside the one-yard line. A run play was called and the Doane defense stopped the runner, Trey Barnes, shy of the goal line and DJ Bamesberger knocked the ball loose and the Tigers recovered at the 19-yard line.
Following a Tiger punt, Concordia drove again down field and had first-and-goal at the Doane 3-yard line. Doane stuffed two rushing attempts and forced two incomplete passes to hold Concordia out of the end zone.
Doane was forced to punt from their end zone and Concordia took over near midfield. The Bulldogs moved down to the Tiger 26-yard line before Ben Muff intercepted a Von Thomas pass to close out the game. Doane picked up a first down late to run out the clock.
Doane finished the game with 300 yards in total offense, including 259 rushing yards. Concordia was held to 234 yards in total offense with 88 coming on the ground. The Tiger rushing attack was led by Thramer's 80 yards. Meier added 71 yards with Clayton Moore rushing for 62 and Dose for 46 yards.
Thramer completed 5-of-12 pass attempts for 41 yards. Kellen Unvert had one reception for 12 yards as five different players had a reception.
Concordia received 146 passing yards from Thomas. He also led the team with 50 rushing yards in the game.
Defensively, the Tigers received 11 total tackles from Kam Lenhart. Garrett Borcher finished with 10 total tackles including three for negative yards. Wallace and Rob Keeney had seven tackles apiece. Doane posted nine tackles for loss yards and had 10 pass break-ups.
The final home game of the season is next up for the Tigers as they host Dordt College on November 2.