The University of Jamestown football team scored 22 points in the final 5 minutes, 36 seconds Saturday afternoon, finishing off one of the most memorable comebacks in recent memory in a 32-28 win over Hastings College.
Trailing 28-10, Jamestown forced Hastings to punt from their own 31-yard line. Ethan Helton got through the line and blocked Jason Bachle's kick, and the Jimmies took over at the Hastings 18.
After a holding penalty pushed UJ back to the 28-yard line, Cade Torgerson found Micah Madyun for a 10-yard gain. On the next play, Torgerson and Madyun connected again for an 18-yard touchdown pass, and the Izaak Myles' extra point made it 28-17 with 4:46 left.
Myles attempted an onside kick, but the Broncos recovered at their own 48. Jamestown was forced to use their final two timeouts during the drive, but the defense held up to make Hastings have to punt. A personal foul on the return gave the Jimmies the ball at their own 26-yard line. Torgerson hit Steve Justice for a 17-yard gain to get up to the 43, then one play later, Javon Bowie caught a Torgerson pass and took it 57 yards to the end zone. The two-point conversion was good as Torgerson found Marcus Giles to make it 28-25 with 3:16 remaining.
Another onside kick by Myles was caught by Hastings at the Jimmie 45-yard line. One more three-and-out caused another Bronco punt, and with 56 seconds to play and no timeouts, Jamestown had the ball at the 20-yard line.
Torgerson found an open Madyun on an in route, and Madyun went 80 yards for the go-ahead score. The Myles extra point gave UJ a 32-28 lead with 42 seconds left.
Paul Vandal had two sacks of Hastings quarterback John Zamora on the final drive to help seal the victory.
It was a career day for Madyun, with nine catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns. The nine receptions was one off of the Jimmie single-game record of 10. Torgerson threw a career-best four touchdowns and threw for 342 yards, one away from tying his 343 yards against Mount Marty.
Aaron Mack led the defense with 12 total tackles, followed by Brooks Canfield with seven. Vandal had three of the Jimmies' four sacks on the afternoon, and Hershell Jefferson intercepted his second pass of the year. For full stats please visit www.jimmiepride.com.
Jamestown, now 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the GPAC, hosts Midland (Neb.) University Saturday at 1 p.m.
University of Jamestown 32, Hastings College 28
UJ 7 3 0 22 -- 32
HC 7 7 7 7 -- 28
Scoring by quarter
HC: 5 yard pass by John Zamora to Garrett Esch (Will Austin kick good), 10:22
UJ: 5 yard pass by Torgerson to Giles (Myles kick good), 1:35
HC: 29 yard pass by Tyree Nesmith to Lane Heikkinen (Jason Bachle kick good), 8:29
UJ: 22-yard field goal by Myles, 0:00
HC: 6 yard pass by Zamora to Courtney Land (Bachle kick good), 1:36
HC: 8-yard rush by Zamora (Bachle kick), 12:09
UJ: 18-yard pass by Torgerson to Madyun (kick good), 4:46
UJ: 57-yard pass by Torgerson to Bowie (Marcus Giles kick good), 3:16
UJ: 80-yard pass by Torgerson to Madyun (Myles kick good), 0:42.
Volleyball goes 3-0 on the week
The second-ranked University of Jamestown women's volleyball team won their 14th straight match Saturday afternoon, defeating Briar Cliff (Iowa) University 25-18, 25-13, 25-16 at Harold Newman Arena. The Jimmies also collected wins over previously (5) Dordt University (3-1) and Valley City State University (3-0) earlier in the week.
Jamestown (14-0, 4-0 GPAC) hosts No. 9 Northwestern (Iowa) College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
UJ trailed just once in the first set against Briar Cliff (12-11), but a kill by Aleah Zieske and three straight Charger attack errors made it 15-12. BCU came back to tie at 16, only to have Corina Huff post back-to-back kills for the Jimmies to go ahead 18-16. Jamestown finished by scoing five of the final six points of the set, capped off by Jayla Ritter's third kill in the opener.
The Jimmies never trailed in set two, although Briar Cliff got as close as 7-6. Kills by Huff and Kadyn Mehring made it 9-6, then three straight attack errors gave UJ a 12-6 lead. UJ outhit BCU .393 to .000 to take a 2-0 match lead.
Jamestown closed out the match by holding the Chargers to a .000 hitting percentage and only five kills in 34 attempts. UJ held a slim 9-7 lead but a 12-2 run put the set out of reach.
Kalli Hegerle had a team-high 10 kills while Ritter had nine, and the duo of Zieske and Mehring had eight each. Ritter hit .529 with no errors and Huff finished at .500 with just one error.
Jackie Meiklejohn had 19 assists while Megan Gaffaney passed out 18 to help the Jimmies finish with a .310 hitting percentage.
Ellie Holen and Hannah Schiele were both in the double digits for digs with Holen posting 23 and Schiele digging up 11.