Jimmie football travels to Briar Cliff

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University of Jamestown quarterback Cade Torgerson (5) scrambles for positive yards against Hastings College at Taylor Stadium on Oct. 31, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

The University of Jamestown football team travels to Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday to face Briar Cliff University in the second-to-last road game of the 2020 season.

The Jimmies are back on the road after losing 34-7 to Hastings, Nebraska, last Saturday in Great Plains Athletic Conference action at Taylor Stadium. The loss dropped the Jimmies' record to 0-5 overall and 0-5 in the GPAC.

Jamestown fell behind 27-0 before finally finding the end zone with 14:33 to play. Junior quarterback Cade Torgerson scored on a 28-yard run and the Noah Vogelpohl extra point made it 27-7.

The Jimmies finished with 218 yards of total offense, 85 yards coming on the ground and 133 through the air. Torgerson was 13-for-38 passing for 133 yards and also led UJ in rushing with 80 yards on 15 carries.

Junior Marcus Giles caught four passes for 36 yards, while junior Sidney Luna-Long and freshman Steven Justice each had a pair of catches.


UJ's Manuel Najera (11 tackles, four solo) and Brooks Canfield (10 tackles, seven solo) led the defense. Paul Vandal registered UJ's only sack of the game and senior safety Ross Monson was credited with a pass breakup.

UJ junior punter Izaak Myles averaged 39 yards on his five punts. His longest boot of the day went 50 yards.

ABOUT BRIAR CLIFF: Briar Cliff Head Coach Dennis Wagner is in his fourth season leading the Chargers. He has a career record of 11-22 at BCU entering the 2020 season.

Last Saturday, the Chargers fell behind 26-0 on the road at Dakota Wesleyan, South Dakota, before finding the end zone in the fourth quarter. The 26-7 loss was Briar Cliff's fifth in six games. Briar Cliff defeated Hastings, Nebraska, 27-18 on Oct. 24, the only game this season that the team registered double-digit point totals. BCU has been outscored 205-55 in 2020.

Mar'Kaybion Wallace is the Chargers' leading rusher with 147 yards on 43 carries. Both John Bell and Cayden Mitchell have seen time at quarterback, with Bell completing 42-of-100 passes for 455 yards with one touchdown and 11 interceptions. Mitchell is 27-for-66 passing with 310 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Kobe Johnson has caught a team-high 14 passes for 162 yards and a score. Ryan Kotey (13 receptions, 112 yards) and Dawson Forcella (12 receptions, 135 yards) are among the team's receiving leaders as well.

On the defensive side of the ball, MJ Montgomery and Donald Garland each have 36 total tackles. Robert Robinson is next with 35 total stops. Robinson has eight sacks among his 9.5 tackles for loss this season. Garland and Mike Green both have a pair of interceptions.

NEXT WEEK: Jamestown hosts Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) in a 1 p.m. start from the MDU Resources Community Bowl in Bismarck.

VENUE CHANGE: The Jimmies will play their final two home games (November 14 vs. Dakota Wesleyan and November 21 vs. Doane) at the MDU Resources Community Bowl in Bismarck due to the renovation of Taylor Stadium beginning on November 2.

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