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Football - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017

Crete, Neb. - In a game filled with turnovers, the No. 11-ranked Doane University (Neb.) Tigers found their way past the Friends University Falcons 28-13 today (Sept. 9) in Crete, Neb. 

Overall, there were a combined 12 giveaways, including seven by the Falcons. 

For the second straight week, the Falcons were stung by a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown while driving inside the opponent's 30-yard line. 

Today, it happened with the Falcons trailing only14-10 late in the first half after marching to the Doane 25-yard line.. 

On second and 10, quarterback Kevin Folsom (FR/Maize, Kan.) was sacked and fumbled, which was scooped up by Connor Hughes and returned 66 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 21-10 lead heading into the locker room. 

The Falcons were again bit by the turnover bug in the third quarter when Dan Dawdy (FR/Haysville, Kan.), having checked into the game when Folsom left with an undisclosed injury, drove the team to the Doane 26 before throwing a 66-yard pick six to Cole Wiseman that suddenly staked the Tigers to a 28-10 cushion. 

Even after allowing the Tigers their second defensive touchdown of the game, the Falcons refused to go quietly and advanced to the Tigers' 13 yard line before settling for Leo Sosa (SR/Soa Paulo, Brazil)'s second field goal of the game, a 30-yarder that made it a two-possession game at 28-13. 

But that's as close as the Falcons could climb, as they would turn it over on downs after driving to the Doane 27-yard line with 3:58 remaining. 

Friends got on the board first when, after each team exchanged turnovers, Sosa converted a 28-yard field-goal at the 9:12 mark of the opening quarter. 

Following a pair of Doane touchdowns within a three-minute span, the Falcons capitalized on the first of two Sherman Arthur (JR/Los Angeles, Calif.) interceptions when freshman running back Noah Diaz (FR/Sun Prairie, Wis.) rumbled into the endzone from 12 yards to bring Friends within 14-10 with 4:59 left in the first half. 

The Falcons' offensive attack outgained the 11th-ranked Tigers in total yards (346-262), first downs (23-13) and net yards passing (191-97). 

In his first career game, Diaz showed promise as a workhorse for the Falcons, gaining 111 yards on 22 carries for a 4.8 average per attempt. Folsom also ran the ball 13 times for 56 yards. 

Before being forced from the game with the injury, Folsom completed 13-of-27 for 104 yards. Dawdy came off the bench and threw for 87 yards on 11-18 passing. Both freshman, Folsom and Dawdy were each seeing their first-ever game action today behind center. 

Sam Camp (SR/Winfield, Kan.) led the Falcons (0-2, 0-0 KCAC) with 58 yards receiving on four receptions. 

The Falcons' defense also did their part in helping keep the game close, creating five turnovers themselves that included a career-best two interceptions from Arthur. Kelechi Chukwuka (SR/Aurora, Colo.), Josh Lewis (SR/Wichita, Kan.) and Brendan Kane (JR/Yukon, Okla.) also each recorded a fumble recovery. 

Next up, Friends will begin KCAC action by hosting Ottawa University next Saturday night (Sept. 16) at 7 pm at Adair Austin Stadium.