Jimmies doomed by turnovers in 21-10 loss at Midland
The Jimmies' seven turnovers surpasses their entire total from the first four games of the season combined.
FREMONT, NEB – The University of Jamestown was hurt by self-inflicted wounds in a 21-10 loss at Midland University on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Jimmies turned the ball over seven times and gave up 14 points off those turnovers.
“When you play a really good football team and have a chance to win, it hurts when you lose the way that we did,” Jimmies head coach Brian Mistro said. “It’s just a matter of turnovers are obviously a really big part of this game and we were on the losing end of that and that showed on the scoreboard. When you don’t do those things correctly, it’s hard to win a football game. We didn’t do those things correctly and that’s why we didn’t win.”
The game started all Jimmies (2-3, 0-2) as they got a big play on their opening drive and opened the scoring when Cade Torgerson threw it to Austin Stallan who took advantage of a block from Javon Bowie-Monteiro to make it 7-0 with 11:50 to go in the first quarter.
The Jimmies got the ball back and appeared to settle for a punt on fourth down, but punter Izaak Myles had other ideas as he caught the ball and found Rob Anderson at the 22-yard line to extend the drive. It was all for nothing though as Torgerson threw an interception later on the drive.
“It was great to see the guys do that coming out of the gates and shutting out a team in the first half and then getting on the board early,” Mistro said. “I was really proud of the guys, and it’s a testament to our team. ‘We can do this, you can play anybody, you can play with anybody.’”
The Warriors (4-0, 3-0) would try to take advantage of the mistake as they drove down the field but Jared Quinonez’s 43-yard field goal sailed wide left.
The Jimmies added on midway through the third quarter when they drove down the field and settled for a field goal to stretch the lead out to 10-0 with 8:47 to go in the third quarter.
The Warriors cut into the lead with 5:24 to go in the third quarter after Isaiah Tucker ran it in from five yards out to make it 10-7.
The Jimmies tried to add on midway through the game as they got all the way down to the Warriors one-yard line. But, Jimmies running back Zach Hammett tried to stretch the football across the goal line and fumbled it into the end zone where it was recovered by the Warriors.
The Jimmies got the ball back and had another chance to add onto their lead but another Torgerson interception set up the Warriors at the Jimmies’ 27–yard line. The Warriors made the Jimmies pay as quarterback Garrison Brooks kept it himself and pushed his team in front 14-10 with 5:30 to go.
The Jimmies still had a chance as they got the ball back with 2:41 left in the game, but Torgerson’s pass was intercepted by Gage McGill and returned for a touchdown to put the game away at 21-10.
The Jimmies are back in action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, when they host Doane University.
UJ 10, MU 21
UJ: 7 0 3 0–10
MU: 0 0 7 14–21
UJ: Cade Torgerson 8-yard pass to Austin Stallan (kick is good)
UJ: Aanon Peterson 48-yard field goal
MU: Isaiah Tucker five-yard rush (kick is good)
MU: Garrison Beach one-yard rush (kick is good)
MU: Gage McGill 25-yard pick six (kick is good)