Defense, Trimble carry Wildcats to homecoming win

Wayne State held Southwest Minnesota State to a pair of field goals while senior running back Rashad Trimble rushed for 159 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown to spark the Wildcats in a 20-6 homecoming win Saturday over Southwest Minnesota State Saturday at Cunningham Field.

The Wildcats put together a pair of lengthy drives in the first and second quarters, but had to settle for field goals on both possessions. An 11-play, 74-yard drive late in the first quarter resulted in a 24-yard field goal from Ethan Knudson, and he added a 25-yard field goal early in the second quarter to cap an 11-play, 67-yard drive to make it 6-0.

Southwest got on the scoreboard with seven seconds remaining in the first half as Skyler Crew connected on a 37-yard field goal to make the score 6-3 at intermission.

Wayne State then controlled the time of possession in the third quarter, hanging on to the ball for more than 10 1/2 minutes. They used a 15-play, 80-yard drive that finished with a two-yard scoring pass from quarterback Zach Osborn to Nate Rogers, giving Wayne State a 13-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Southwest Minnesota State put together a scoring drive in the fourth quarter and had a first-and-goal at the Wildcat 7-yard line, but the Wildcat defense forced the Mustangs into a field goal of 25 yards from Crew to trim the Wildcat lead to 13-6 with 6:52 remaining.

Trimble gave the Wildcats an insurance touchdown late in the fourth quarter, as the senior turned the corner and raced 52 yards down the left sideline with 3:54 to go to put the game out of reach. He finished the game with 159 yards on 25 carries and one score for his second 100-yard effort of the season.

Osborn, who missed last week’s game at Augustana with a left foot injury, completed 14-of-30 passes for 147 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown.

The top Wildcat receiver was Layne Sullivan with seven receptions for 47 yards followed by Rogers with three catches for 35 yards and one TD. With his 22nd career TD reception, Rogers is now tied with Frederick Bruno (2007-10) for third place all-time in touchdown receptions at Wayne State.

Emile Hope, Kolbie Foster and Tyler Thomsen each recorded eight tackles to lead the Wildcat effort defensively.  Aaron Wright added four solo tackles and one interception.

The Wildcats (4-2, 2-0 NSIC South) have a short week will be at home for a Thursday night NSIC contest against No. 6 ranked Sioux Falls, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Bob Cunningham Field.

The Wayne Herald

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