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HIGHLIGHTS: Kansas Wesleyan Upsets No. 22 Evangel

Mike Hammett - September 14, 2013 10:44 pm

For the second straight year, the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes knock off a ranked opponent in their home opener, taking down No. 22 Evangel 38-28 on Saturday at Salina Stadium.

The Coyotes moved the ball seemingly at will against the Crusaders, gaining 529 yards.

After Evangel punted to start the game, the Coyotes needed just five plays to take the lead as Trey Dallas hit Jesse Wassenberg for a 66-yard touchdown, going up 7-0 with 10:59 to go in the first quarter.

Both teams were scoreless until early in the second quarter, when KWU used an eight-play, 83 yard drive to extend the lead. Taylor Sachs scored on a 5-yard run, pushing the lead to 14-0 with 9:47 to go in the first half.

Evangel battled back, scoring the next two touchdowns. Andrew Brimhall hit Jesse Vaughn for a 51-yard touchdown and ran in a score from 42 yards out to tie the game at 14 at halftime.

In the third quarter, KWU scored on the opening possession, as Sachs scored on a two-yard run for the 21-14 lead.

Evangel came right back, scoring in three plays. Brimhall hit Vaughn for a 14-yard touchdown pass, tying the game at 21.

KWU kept the offense rolling, scoring on their first four possessions of the second half. Dallas found Zach McClain for a 23-yard touchdown pass before Terry Stecker hit a 30-yard field goal and Sachs scored from 12 yards out to give the Coyotes a 38-21 lead with 14:56 left in the game.

The Coyotes forced Evangel to turn the ball over on downs on the next drive. Wesleyan then proceeded to run nine plays over 26 yards, but ran over six minutes off the clock.

Evangel scored on Brimhall’s eight-yard pass to Vaughn with 1:42 left, but the Coyotes held on for the win.

Dallas was 22-for-35 passing for 323 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. McClain had a big night, catching 11 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. Taylor Sachs had 36 carries for 191 yards and three touchdowns.

Brimhall was 17-for-36 passing for 255 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Vaughn had four catches for 89 yards and three scores. Otis Brown had 16 carries for 112 yards.

The Coyotes outgained the Crusaders 529-477. Wesleyan won time of possession 40:38 to 20:21.

With the win, the Coyotes snapped a five-game losing streak against non-conference opponents.

The KCAC split its series with the Heart of America Athletic Conference in the first year of the crossover challenge. Ottawa, Tabor, McPherson, Sterling and KWU all won for the KCAC.

The Coyotes are 1-1 overall and open KCAC play at Southwestern next week.

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