Originally Published: October 24, 2007
Going into last weekend’s game against the Peacocks of Upper Iowa University, the strengths of the Mustang football team this season were its defense and running game. However, both were exploited throughout the majority of the game in a 39-27 loss for the Mustangs (2-5, 2-3 NSIC).
The Peacocks’ (3-4, 2-3 NSIC) rushing attack was led by senior T.C. Hicks, who rushed his way into the Peacocks’ record book with 198 of the team’s 347 rushing yards, as well as scoring two touchdowns on the ground. Hicks came into the game needing only 37 yards to become UIU’s all-time leading rusher.
The Mustang defense could not keep UIU’s offense off the field, as the Peacocks controlled the ball for over 39 minutes. Junior Tyler Reed led the Mustangs defense with a career-high 17 tackles,and senior Tyler Fischer and sophomore Bryce Haessly also ended the game with career-highs in tackles with 15 and 13 respectively.
The Mustang rushing attack was held in check for most of the game. Sophomore Zach Wysong led the attack with 45 yard on 12 attempts. Sophomore Paul Benesh had only one carry in the game for a gain of two yards.
Trailing 27-0 after three quarters, the Mustang passing attack tried to make a comeback. Junior quarterback Josh Shudlick threw all four of his touchdown passes in the fourth, completing the passes to sophomore Derek Townsend, freshman Brett Ballantine, junior Whenson Felix and a second touchdown pass to Ballantine. Shudlick finished the game completing 21 of 37 passes for a career-high 367 and the 4 touchdowns, which was also a career high.
The Mustangs will be on the road this weekend as they travel to Wayne, Neb., to face the Wayne State College Wildcats on Saturday. Wayne State (4-3, 4-1 NSIC) is coming off an upset victory over Bemidji State in which they came back from a 21-10 deficit in the fourth quarter. Opening kickoff is set for 1 p.m.