Sept. 4, 2009

Courtesy of Central Washington Athletics

DULUTH, Minn. (Sept. 3) -- Senior Ryan Dyer (University Place/Life Christian Academy) blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the game to preserve Central Washington University's 13-10 football victory over host Minnesota Duluth on Thursday night at James S. Malosky Stadium.

The Wildcats, ranked ninth in the NCAA Division II this past week, improved to 2-0 on the season and snapped the second-ranked Bulldogs' 17-game win streak with the win. UMD, the defending NCAA Division II national champion, is now 1-1 on the season.

Dyer's blocked field goal was the second blocked three-point attempt in the second half by the Wildcat special teams. Fellow senior Courtney Smith (Stockton, Calif./East Union HS) blocked a 23-yard attempt by David Nadeau with six seconds left in the third quarter, keeping the game tied at 10-10 at the time.

Central scored the game-winning field goal with 4:13 remaining, as senior Garrett Rolsma (University Place/Curtis HS) drilled a 24-yard attempt to put the Wildcats in front 13-10. That three-pointer culminated a time-consuming 13-play, 69-yard drive that ate up more than six and a half minutes of game clock.