CRETE — If you like points and offense, then Saturday's Great Plains Athletic Conference football tussle between Doane and Dakota Wesleyan was the game for you.
No. 11 Doane rallied with 19 straight points in the final six minutes of play at Al Papik Field in Crete for a wild 68-67 win over No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan.
The teams combined for 1,395 yards — that's nearly eight-tenths of a mile — of total offense. They ran a total of 183 offensive plays (103 for Dakota Wesleyan, 80 for Doane).
Doane quarterback Jack Shadley, a Lakeview graduate who missed the first two games of the season, returned and went 25 of 39 for 409 yards passing and four touchdowns.
After DWU went up 64-49 on a field goal with 6:19 left, Shadley hit Hunter Bradley for a 53-yard TD. A DWU fumble gave Doane the ball back and Shadley hit Drew Klein from 6 yards out to pull within five, 67-62, after the two-point conversion failed.
The defense forced a DWU punt, and Doane drove 57 yards in 1:07 with Fullerton graduate Garrett Sonderup finding pay dirt from 10 yards out with 37 seconds left. The two-point run failed, setting the final margin.
Both quarterbacks went over 400 yards passing, and DWU wide receiver Hayden Adams had 254 yards receiving on 18 receptions for three TDs. Klein led Doane (3-0, 1-0 GPAC) with nine receptions for 126 yards and Bradley added 114 receiving yards.
DWU (2-2, 0-1) had three players with more than 100 yards rushing, including quarterback Dillon Turner, who rushed for 125 yards and three TDs to go with his 405 passing yards and four touchdowns.