Northwestern found victory again on Saturday, defeating Dakota Wesleyan 16-10 and improving their record to 6-2.
The score hardly reflects the Raiders’ domination, as they had possession of the ball for 42 minutes compared to a mere 18 for the Tigers. They gained 472 yards, while the defense held DWU to 223.
NW rushed for 384 yards, led by senior Taylor Malm and sophomore Brandon Smith. The duo each rushed for over 100 yards in the same game for the fourth time this year. Smith gained 177 yards on 32 carries and Malm had 21 carries for 157 yards. Freshman Davis Bloemendaal had his first collegiate start at quarterback for the Raiders. He rushed for 42 yards on nine carries and completed nine of 13 passes for 88 yards.
Smith scored two touchdowns and sophomore James Rodriguez had a 21-yard field goal.
Junior Ben Aguilera had five tackles, two of them for a five-yard loss, to lead the defense. Senior Caleb Van Otterloo added four tackles, and sophomore Aaron Jansen had three tackles and one interception.
The Raiders play their last home game on Saturday, Nov. 6, against Concordia at 1 p.m.