On Saturday, Oct. 17, Northwestern football ended Concordia’s four-game undefeated streak with a final score of 31-17. Once again, Raider offense led the charge with 557 total yards, and three players personally contributed over 100 yards to that total. The last time three different players contributed over 100 yards in rushing, passing and receiving was on Oct. 26, 2019, in a game against Doane.
In the game against Concordia, the Raiders needed less than four minutes to score their first touchdown of the game. Redshirt freshman running back Konner McQuillan scored with an 18-yard rush into the endzone to put the Raiders ahead 7-0. McQuillan later went on to contribute a total of 101 rushing yards.
Senior quarterback Tyson Kooima completed 24-of-39 pass attempts for 407 yards on Saturday. He also had two passing touchdowns and is now tied with former quarterback Curtis Krull with 84 career-passing touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Shane Solberg also contributed 11 catches for 267 receiving yards to the Raider offense, a season high for him. He scored two touchdowns. The first touchdown was a 45-yard reception and the second was a 19-yard reception, both from Kooima. Solberg averaged over 20 yards per reception in Saturday’s game.
Although the Raider defense gave up 335 yards, they did pick up their first two quarterback sacks of the season and forced two interceptions. Sophomore defensive end Jessen Reinking was credited with both sacks. Juniors Noah Van’t Hof and Tanner Oleson each had an interception, and Van’t Hof led the Raider defense with 10 tackles.
In the match-up history between NW and Concordia, NW has won 29 games compared to Concordia’s 14. The Raiders are on a four-game winning streak in the series history.
Next, the Raiders are off to Crete, Nebraska, to face the Doane University Tigers. Over the last few years, the Raiders have had a three-game winning streak against the Tigers and are looking to make it four. Kick-off will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.