Two costly first half turnovers allowed Hastings College to jump out to an early lead that proved to be too much to overcome for Nebraska Wesleyan as the Broncos defeated the Prairie Wolves, 17-14, in the final game of the 2010 season.
NWU ends the year with a 4-6 overall record, while Hastings finishes 5-5.
Nebraska Wesleyan trailed 17-0 at halftime after two turnovers set up two early touchdowns for the Broncos in the first quarter.
The second half was controlled by the Prairie Wolves as they marched 76 yards on the first drive of the second half. Jerry Lobeda scored on a five-yard TD run to cap the scoring drive.
NWU got inside the Hastings 10 yard line twice in the second half but came up empty both times. In the third quarter, NWU had the ball at the 1-yard line, but fumbled the ball to miss the scoring opportunity. The next time the Prairie Wolves had a field goal blocked to keep the score 17-7.
The third time was the charm for NWU as they finally capitalized on a redzone chance when Dustin Bryant scored on a 1-yard TD run.
The biggest play of the game came on the next possession as Cole Meyer intercepted a Hastings pass and returned the pick back for a touchdown. However, a roughing the passer penalty was called on NWU to take away the score.
NWU had one final opportunity late in the game but an interception ended the final drive of the game.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished with 263 yards of total offense, compared to 174 for the Broncos. Hastings had just over 40 yards in the second half.
Jerry Lobeda led the NWU ground attack with 78 yards and a touchdown. Nate Hauptman finished 15-27 for 168 yards with two interceptions. Mike Colgrove led the receivers with four catches for 86 yards.