After starting the year 6-0 and averaging 33.8 points per game, the NAIA No. 25 Hastings College football team has hit a rough patch. The Broncos dropped its third straight game on Saturday with a 45-6 loss to No. 17 Northwestern, ending any hopes HC still had of reaching the NAIA playoffs..
The Red Raiders racked up 526 yards of total offense, including 234 from the nation’s sixth-best rushing attack.
“We just didn’t play very well to be honest with you. They hit us in the mouth and we didn’t respond,” Hastings College head coach Tony Harper said. “Everybody has a specific job, just like an engine. You do this, this guy does this and that’s what’s supposed to happen. And today, we weren’t going in the same direction.”
It was a rough start for the Broncos (6-3, 5-3 GPAC) right out of the gate. After going three-and-out to open the game, Northwestern’s Ryan Hoekstra blocked a punt by HC junior punter Kenny Anderson. The ball was recovered inside the red zone, giving the Red Raiders (8-2, 6-2) a first-and-10 at the HC 16 yard-line. Four plays later, Northwestern went up 7-0.
It didn’t get any better for the Broncos.