BOURBANNAIS, Ill. - Coe's high-powered offensive attack put up 434 yards of offense, but it was five costly turnovers that led to a 16-10 overtime loss to Olivet Nazarene. The loss came on a 92-yard interception return for touchdown in overtime.
Coe opened the game with a 41-yard drive that resulted in a turnover on downs after failing to convert on fourth down. Coe's next drive went 85-yards but ended with a missed field goal.
With just over a minute to go in the first half, senior Brad Boyle
(New Sharon, Iowa/North Mahaska) was intercepted by Nathan Schott at the 49-yard line. The half ended with a 42-yard field goal by Olivet Nazarene to take a 3-0 lead into the break.
On Coe's first possession of the second half, Boyle was picked off by Keith Nunez, leading to a 23-yard touchdown pass from Rico Prestia to Joshua Howells to put the Tigers ahead 10-0.
With 13:06 to play in the game, sophomore Wes Anderson (Newhall, Iowa/Benton Community) connected on his first collegiate field goal from 19-yards out to cut the Tiger lead to 10-3. The Kohawk defense then forced a three-and-out, giving Coe the ball back with plenty of time on the clock.
In just 2:32, Boyle led a seven-play, 65-yard drive to tie the game on a 16-yard rushing touchdown by Boyle with 9:38 to play. It was the 35th rushing touchdown of Boyle's career, the most by any quarterback in school history and fifth-most all-time.
With 6:54 to play, the Tigers missed a 47-yard field goal attempt, but Coe fumbled the ball away just two plays later. Both teams would then be stopped on fourth downs, but the Tigers had one last shot. Junior Bryce Sampson (Nevada, Iowa/Roland-Story) intercepted a pass. The Kohawk defense came up big in overtime, forcing the Tigers into a 53-yard field goal attempt that hit the upright. On Coe's first play in overtime, Boyle threw a 13-yard pass to junior Jared Kuehner (Center Point, Iowa/Center Point-Urbana). After a rushing loss of six-yards, Boyle threw an interception that was returned 92-yards for a touchdown by Olivet Nazarene's Esparza to end the game. Coe's 91 plays of offense were the seventh most in school history. With two catches on the day, senior Nick Ratchford (Waterloo, Iowa/Columbus) moved into third all-time with 118 receptions. Boyle finished the day with 17 carries for 102 yards. He completed 21-of-40 passes for 200 yards, but threw four interceptions. Junior Brendan Leiran (Waukon, Iowa/Waukon) rushed 20 times for 92 yards. Senior Joe Langenberg (Baxter, Iowa/Baxter) had a team-high seven receptions for 75-yards.
The Kohawks return to action on Saturday, as they host Simpson in the home opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Clark Field.