The Winona State Warriors (6-2, 3-1 NSIC South) traveled to Nebraska and secured their third straight road victory of the season, beating NSIC South foe Wayne State Wildcats (3-5, 2-2 NSIC South) 41-20. The road victory was a turnover filled game as the Warriors were led by their hardnosed defense.
The first quarter was a defensive battle between the Warriors and Wildcats as both teams went scoreless. Following a Wayne State three and out to begin play the Wildcats forced a turnover, picking off a Jack Nelson pass. The Wildcats could not capitalize on the turnover as their six play, 11-yard possession ended with a punt.
Trying to give their offense a spark, the Warriors attempted to convert a fourth and one but Nelson’s pass fell incomplete. Wayne State closed out the first quarter with a chance to put three points on the board when Lauden Wood blocked the attempted 22-yard field goal.
The scoring drought ended soon after, as Winona State began the second quarter with a nine play, 80-yard drive, resulting in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Nelson to Cameron Johnson. The score extended both Nelson’s and Johnson’s consecutive touchdown streak to 40 and nine respectively.
The Warriors play their final road game of the season next Saturday as they face off against Augustana in Sioux Falls, kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.