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Montana Western football falls to No. 1 Lindsey Wilson in opening round

Posted at 12:02 PM, Nov 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-22 14:02:44-05

COLUMBIA, Ky.  — The defending national champions lived up to their top-seeded billing on Sunday.

Senior quarterback Cameron Dukes rushed for three scores and threw a pair of touchdown passes as No. 1 Lindsey Wilson piled up 539 yards of offense and rolled past No. 16 Montana Western 48-21 in the first round of the NAIA playoffs in a game that was pushed back a day due to travel delays.

The Bulldogs, playing in their first postseason game since 2002, end their season at 8-4 overall.

Western quarterback Jon Jund threw two touchdown passes to Nate Simkins, and Jamison Hermanson racked up 101 receiving yards.

The Bulldogs scored first on a 34-yard field goal from Jon Mears to cap off the opening drive of the game. The Blue Raiders then responded with 20 unanswered points to take a 20-3 lead early in the second quarter.

Jund then scored on a 7-yard keeper to trim Lindsey Wilson's lead to 20-9, but Cameron Dukes then scored on a 9-yard run and 18-yard touchdown pass to Jaleel Warren to give Lindsey Wilson a 34-9 halftime lead.

With 4:30 left in the fourth quarter, Jund connected with Simkins for a 5-yard touchdown. But Lindsey Wilson against responded with a pair of unanswered scores — a 4-yard touchdown run from Jaylen Boyd and Dukes' final touchdown run — to grab a 48-15 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Raiders' defense held the Bulldogs to 219 yards of offense and allowed Western to convert just 1-of-12 third down attempts.

Lindsey Wilson will now host No. 12 Keiser (Fla.) in the quarterfinals.