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Regents Take Down Four-Time Defending NACC Champion Muskies

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PLYMOUTH, Wis. - The Rockford University football team (2-4, 1-2 NACC) picked up a decisive 37-20 road win on Saturday afternoon against the four-time defending NACC Champion Lakeland University Muskies (1-5, 1-2 NACC). Rockford took control of the game in the second half, outscoring the Muskies 24-8 over the final 30 minutes en route to its first ever win over Lakeland. 

 

  • Both teams got off to a slow start offensively as neither scored on the game's first five possessions. 
  • Ja'uan Joiner (Phenix City, Ala.) came up with the first big play of the day, when he intercepted a Lakeland pass deep in Muskie territory to set up the RU offense on the Muskie 10-yard line.
  • It would take the Regents just three plays to find the end zone, as Delayno Mack (Loves Park, Ill.) hit Brandon Hausladen (Athol, idaho) on a 3-yard touchdown pass to put the Regents in front 6-0. 
  • Lakeland would respond right back on the ensuing possession with a touchdown on their first offensive play of the drive. The Muskie score came on a 67-yard touchdown pass from Charl'Tez Nunnery to Jamal Hawkins-Sconiers to knot the game at 6-6.
  • The Muskies continued to build upon their momentum as they took their first lead of the game early in second quarter. It was again a long pass play that resulted in points, as Nunnery found Christian Chapman for a 57-yard touchdown to give Lakeland a 12-6 advantage. Rockford's Jared Johnson (Miami, Fla.) would block the extra point attempt to keep Lakeland's lead at six.
  • Rockford would however retake the lead on its final possession of the first half. The Regents went 55 yards on 13 plays and used nearly six and a half minutes off the clock. 
  • The drive was capped off by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mack to Hausladen, the duo's second of the half. Cody Kupsik (Woodstock, Ill.) connected on the extra point to give Rockford a 13-12 lead heading into the half.
  • The second half got off to a great start as the Regents scored on the first possession of the third quarter. The drive went 57 yards on 7 plays to give Rockford a 20-12 lead. 
  • Delayno Mack connected on three huge pass plays on the drive. The first came on a third down when Mack found Liam Joyce (Harvard, Ill.) for 30 yards to take the ball down to the Lakeland 25-yard line. Mack then hit Joey Owens (Ottawa, Ill.) for 16 yards before finding Joyce in the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown.
  • Rockford continued to pile on the points scoring on its very next possession. Delayno Mack went 3-for-3 on the drive including a 51-yard touchdown pass to Joey Owens to extend the lead to 27-12.
  • Two possessions later, Rockford would take advantage of a Jallen Bashford (Fairbury, Ill.) interception to tack on three more points. The Rockford drive covered 43 yards on 11 plays and was capped off by a 33-yard Cody Kupsik field goal. 
  • Rockford would seal the win on the very next drive when Ja'uan Joiner intercepted his second pass of game, and took it took 38 yards to the end zone, giving his team a commanding 37-12 lead.
  • The Muskies would add a touchdown in the closing minutes of the game, but it was not enough as Rockford won 37-20 in convincing fashion.

 

 

  • Rockford was firing on all cylinders on Saturday. Offensively the Regents had over 300 yards of total offense including 232 through the air. Defensively Rockford forced four turnovers leading to 16 Regent points. Rockford also scored an additional 7 points after a turnover on downs. 
  • Sophomore quarterback Delayno Mack was sensational in the game. Mack went 18-of-24 for 232 yards and career-high 4 passing touchdowns. 
  • Liam Joyce led all Rockford receivers with 6 receptions for 84 yards and 1 touchdown. 
  • Joey Owens finished with 2 catches for 67 yards and 1 score.
  • Brandon Hausladen was effective in both the run and pass game for the Regents. Hausladen led the RU ground attack with 13 carries for 53 yards. He also caught 4 passes for 14 yards and 2 touchdowns. 
  • Jared Johnson was all over the field defensively for Rockford. Johnson had a team-high 9 solo tackles including a pair of sacks. 
  • Ja'uan Joiner incepted a pair of passes and returned one of them 38 yards for Rockford's first defensive touchdown of the season. 
  • Jallen Bashford finished the game with 4 tackles, an interception and a pass break-up.
  • Tandre Lofton (Markham, Ill.) recovered his first fumble of the season.

 

The RU football team returns home on Saturday, October 20 to face rival Aurora University. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM at Sam Greeley Field.