WAYNE, Neb. | Nate Rogers caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback Mitchell Hansen with 23 seconds left in regulation to lift Wayne State to a dramatic 27-23 win over Concordia-St. Paul in a Northern Sun Conference football game at Bob Cunningham Field Saturday.
The catch was the only one for Rogers, a senior for South Sioux City who has 10 touchdown catches this season. Hansen, a redshirt freshman from Madison, South Dakota, entered the game in the third quarter when starter Taylor Reedy left due to injury.
Wayne State scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to go ahead 14-0 and led most of the way until the Bears' Ron Johnson passed three yards to Deceon Schumann for a touchdown and a 23-20 lead with 2:56 left in the fourth quarter.
Rashad Trimble gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead going 70 yards on a carry on the second offensive play of the game. Reedy passed 20 yards to Layne Sullivan for a TD with 3:01 left in the first quarter to make the Wayne State lead 14-0.
The Bears got their first touchdown of the day on a 9-yard run by Mason Hutton to pull within 14-7 late in the first quarter.
Concordia-St. Paul kicker Jonas Schenderlein kicked three field goals and WSC's Ethan Knudson two to put the Wildcats up 20-16 before the Bears go-ahead score.
Wayne State (5-4 overall, 5-4 NSIC) plays at Minnesota State next Saturday.