MINOT, N.D. — It’s been 10 years since the Wayne State football team started the season 3-0, and the Wildcats reached that mark in stellar fashion Saturday.
Nick Bohn threw for three first-half touchdowns and the Wildcats built a 35-3 halftime advantage on their way to an easy 49-10 win at Minot State, putting them at 3-0 for the first time since the 2012 season.
Wayne State had more yards in the first quarter (250) than in all of last week’s win over Northern State (241) as the Wildcats raced to a 21-3 first-quarter lead and never looked back.
Wayne State took the opening drive 75 yards and ended it with a seven-yard run by Jacob Keiser for a quick 7-0 advantage.
Minot State would score on its first drive with a 43-yard field goal by Dillon Fedor with 9:45 to go in the opening period, and that would be the closest the Beavers would get the rest of the afternoon.
Wayne State used a pair of third-and-long pass plays to score their next two touchdowns. Wayne native Mason Lee caught a 62-yard pass from Bohn for the first score, and Jason Johnson hit paydirt on a 74-yard pitch-and-catch from Bohn to make it 21-3 with 1:58 to go in the period.
Wayne State put up two more touchdowns in the second stanza, thanks to a three-yard run by Keiser and an eight-yard scoring run by Bohn to make it 35-3 at the half, and the reserves played much of the second half for the WIldcats.
Minot State did get to within 35-10 midway in the third, but Wayne State scored twice more in the final period. Anthony Watkins scored on a four-yard run and Tavian Willis found Trevor Marshall on a 40-yard scoring connection early in the fourth to close out the scoring.
Wayne State ended the contest with 575 yards of total offense – 255 rushing and 320 passing. Minot State had just six first downs while gaining 184 yards with 23 on the ground and 161 through the air.
Bohn completed 9-of-14 passes for 217 yards and two scores and added another 100 yards rushing on 13 carries with one score to lead the Wildcat offense. Willis played the second half and was 7-of-11 throwing for 103 yards and one score while rushing for another 51 yards on eight carries.
Lee recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game for the Wildcats, hauling in five catches for 130 yards and one score. Johnson added four receptions for 94 yards and one score.
Defensively, Alex Kowalczyk posted eight tackles followed by Tyler Leclair with seven stops and two pass breakups. Rex Becker added five tackles and one sack.
The Wildcats are back home Saturday for a 6 p.m. Family Day Game against Concordia-St. Paul at Bob Cunningham Field in Wayne.
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