Sept. 18, 2021, marked the biggest comeback win for the University of Jamestown football team since the 2005 season.
"The comeback that we had -- that doesn't happen every week," UJ head coach Brian Mistro said. "The stars had to align. Our guys were prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that we were given but we can't bank on that. We have to go out there and execute better and a lot sooner."
The Jimmies pulled out a 38-32 win over Hastings College Saturday at the Broncos' home stadium to improve to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). UJ will return to Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium Saturday to face Midland University. The game is slated to kick off at 1 p.m.
"This is going to be a very big challenge for us," Mistro said of facing the Warriors. "Midland is a very good football team. I don't believe we have beaten Midland since we've been in the GPAC, so one of the things I am telling our guys is that we need to have to have that momentum and confidence you have coming off this game.
"Midland has the confidence over us. They have the momentum over us. We need to go hit them in the mouth right away."
Popping and hitting didn't happen in the first 55 minutes of the tilt against Hastings.
With 5 minutes, 36 seconds remaining, Jamestown forced Hastings to punt from their own 31-yard line. Freshman 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, starting quarterback Cade Torgerson found Micah Madyun for a 10-yard gain. Torgerson and Madyun connected again on the next play and picked up an 18-yard touchdown pass. Izaak Myles' extra point made it 28-17 with 4:46 left to play.
A personal foul on a Hastings 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 Marcus Giles' two-point conversion was good and the Jimmies found themselves within three of the game leaders with 3:16 remaining.
An onside kick by Myles was caught by Hastings at the Jimmie 45-yard line. One more three-and-out caused another Bronco punt with 56 seconds to play.
Torgerson found an open Madyun on an in route, and Madyun went 80 yards for the go-ahead score. The Myles extra point sealed the deal for the Jimmies 32-28.
It was a career day for Madyun who hauled in nine catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns. The nine receptions made by the freshman was one off of the Jimmie single-game record of 10. Torgerson threw a career-best four touchdowns and threw for 342 yards. The senior was one yard away from tying his passing stats against Mount Marty.
"We need to hit some of those plays earlier in the game," Mistro said. "We were overthrowing guys, we had some drops by our wideouts, we had our QB running for his life a little bit when they would bring pressure -- I am glad it all came together in those last five minutes but let's start that train sooner."
In order to make sure the Jimmies are locked in mentally and not playing flat, the head coach said the Jimmies would likely switch up the practice schedule and begin the workouts with tackling, blocking and hitting. Mistro said he hopes the sense of urgency with which the Jimmies began practices will translate to the game field.
"We've got a bunch of hungry guys that want to keep winning and keep showing people that we are turning this thing around," Mistro said.