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Jimmies mount comeback in 34-30 win over Dakota Wesleyan

The Jimmies have beat Dakota Wesleyan for the first time since 1987 and are 2-0 for the first time since 2007.

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University of Jamestown's Ryan Collins, right, runs past Jess Herrera (2) of Dakota Wesleyan after making a reception on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium.
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JAMESTOWN— The University of Jamestown continues to find a way to win games. The Jimmies gave their head coach Brian Mistro a birthday present with a come-from-behind 34-30 win over Dakota Wesleyan University on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium.

"If we stop shooting ourselves in the foot, I think I won't have the blood pressure raised so high," Mistro said.

After the teams traded points through the first three quarters, the game went into the fourth tied at 14. Early in the fourth quarter, the Jimmies’ Cade Torgerson threw a pass that deflected off a receiver’s hands and right to Tigers safety Adam DeJong who returned it 21-yards for a pick six to push the Tigers out in front 21-14. On the ensuing kickoff, the ball hit Jimmies returner, Parker Hager, in the hands and dropped to the turf where the Tigers jumped on it on the Jimmies 27-yard line. That set up the Tigers to punch it in when Jamin Arend continued his big day with a three-yard run to stretch the lead out to 28-14 with 10:08 to go.

The Jimmies got the ball back and Cade Torgerson found Micah Madyun for two huge completions to move the ball up to the Tigers' 30-yard line. Later in the drive, Torgerson finds Javon Bowie-Monteiro all alone in the corner of the end zone to cut the deficit to 28-20 with 8:04 to go. The ensuing extra point attempt was blocked and returned 97-yards to the house by the Tigers’ Hunter Cordell to stretch the lead out to 30-20. The play also proved costly in the personnel department for the Jimmies as punter Izaak Myles was ejected for targeting.

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The Jimmies forced the Tigers into a turnover on downs and got the ball back on their own 27-yard line where Torgerson aired one out to Madyun for a gain of 21 yards and Madyun got blown up leading to Tigers safety Kale Stevenson getting ejected for targeting. Three plays later, Torgerson again hooked up with Bowie-Monteiro for a five-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 30-27 with 3:41 to go in the game. After a punt, the Jimmies got the ball back with just under two and a half minutes to go in the game. Three plays into the ensuing drive, Torgerson sent a fastball into Ryan Collins who took the ball all the way to the Tigers' 26-yard line. On the next play, Torgerson found Isaiah Roebuck who high-pointed the ball and caught it for the touchdown to make it 34-30 with 1:38 to go.

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The Tigers got the ball back at their own 18-yard line and still had two timeouts to go to try to win the game. The Tigers moved down the field with the help of a roughing the passer and later a targeting call on which the Jimmies’ Rashawn Benners was ejected. The ensuing play saw the Tigers’ quarterback Austin Lee found Arend to bring the ball to the Jimmies 17-yard line with less than a minute to go. Lee tried to win the game with one throw on the next play but Jimmies strong safety Parker Chaffee stepped right in front of the receiver for the game-sealing interception.

"We were in a cover three. I read the quarterback's eyes all the way, he stared down his man and I made the play before the receiver could," Chaffee said.

The Jimmies had seven penalties for 85 yards and the Tigers had eight for 51 yards in this one.

"That's what practice is for, we'll get back to practice and make mistakes there," Mistro said.

The Jimmies return to the field at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, when they go to Briar Cliff.

"It's huge," Torgerson said. "We're proving ourselves right, we did all this work in the dark all off-season. We've known what we can do as a team and now we're just getting an opportunity to showcase it to all you guys."

DWU 30, UJ 34

DWU: 7 7 0 16–30

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UJ: 0 7 7 20–34

Scoring Plays:

First quarter:

DWU: Jamin Arend seven-yard rush (kick is good)

Second quarter:

UJ: Zach Hammett four-yard rush (kick is good)

DWU: Jamin Arend one-yard rush (kick is good)

Third quarter:

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UJ: Cade Torgerson 19-yard pass to Isaiah Roebuck (kick is good)

Fourth quarter:

DWU: Adam DeJong 20 yard pick six (kick is good)

DWU: Arend three-yard rush (kick is good)

UJ: Torgerson 11-yard pass to Javon Bowie-Monteiro (kick is blocked)

DWU: Hunter Cordell 97-yard extra point return

UJ: Torgerson five-yard pass to Bowie-MOneiro (kick is good)

UJ: Torgerson 26-yard pass to Isaiah Roebuck (kick is good)

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My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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