f Iowa Wesleyan University - Tigers Second Half Struggles Lead to Loss
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Football - Sat, Sep. 2, 2017
Tigers Second Half Struggles Lead to Loss
Iowa Wesleyan
Cornell College
Iowa Wesleyan (0-1)1366025
Cornell College (1-0)171428362
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Iowa WesleyanIndv. LeadersCornell College
2 Players (#16,#28) - 33Rushing #1 James Douglas - 72
#16 Alex Payne - 285Passing #1 James Douglas - 309
#4 Rodolfo Amezcua - 180Receiving #5 Blake MacDowall - 100
Iowa WesleyanTeam StatisticsCornell College
130Rushing Yards 309
302Passing Yards 309
5Turnovers 1
26:14Possesion Time 33:46

Mount Vernon, Iowa - September 2, 2017 - Iowa Wesleyan opened up the 2017 football season at Cornell College. The Tigers struggled in the second half and suffered a 62-25 loss to the Rams.

Cornell won the toss and elected to receive. They opened the scoring with a six yard run with 12:17 on the clock.  Alex Payne (SR/Richards, MO) and the Tiger offense took over and got off to a good start.  Payne went 6-6 in pass attempts on the opening drive for the Tigers. He finished the drive with a one yard touchdown run run. IW trailed 6-7 after a failed extra point attempt.

The Tiger defense gave up a touchdown on the next Rams possession, which brought the score to 10-6. On the next IW possession, Payne completed the first three pass attempts, and Tyree Thomas (SO/Round Rock, TX) finished the drive with an eleven yard rush to put the Tigers ahead 13-10.

Iowa Wesleyan's special teams gave up a kickoff return touchdown, but the offense was there to pick them up on the next drive. The Tigers scored on a six yard rush by Payne. The extra point was blocked, but the Tigers had a 19-17 advantage over the Rams.  At the end of the first half, IW trailed 31-19.

Iowa Wesleyan was the first to score in the second half. Alex Payne capped a seven play, 65 yard drive to bring the score to 31-25. The Tigers would fail to score the remainder of the game, and suffered a 62-25 defeat.

Alex Payne went 21-36 for 285 yards through the air, and added 18 rushing attempts for 33 yards and three touchdowns.  Rudy Amezcua led the receivers with ten receptions and 180 yards.

The defense was led by Austin Ferguson (SO/Pocatella, ID) and Kameron Banks (FR/Grand Bay, AL).  Ferguson recorded 12 tackles, while Banks added ten in the loss.

The Tigers will open up at home next week.  They will host Crown College on September 9th with a 12 pm kickoff.

Tiger Athletics: Iowa Wesleyan University strives to provide its student-athletes the opportunity to be successful in life and sports. Engaged in the SLIAC and UMAC Conferences, Tiger athletics is a proud member of NCAA Division III.