ABERDEEN, SD (NSUWolves.com) –
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Duluth notched a rushing touchdown in the first and passing touchdown in the second, holding a 14-0 lead at the half
- Following the Bulldogs’ first touchdown of the contest, Northern attempted a 25-yard field goal, which missed wide right
- Neither team put points on the board in the third and Duluth tallied two TD’s to open the fourth
- Northern had a 46-yard scoring rush by Stanley Haskins Jr. called off in the third on a holding penalty by the offensive line
- The Wolves scored their lone touchdown of the contest with 57 seconds to play on a 29-yard pass by Anthony Vespo to Ben Noland
- In total, the game saw 16 penalties for 164 yards between the two teams; the second-most for the Wolves this season
- NSU recorded 69 yards rushing and 189 yards passing with one touchdown, while UMD tallied 182 yards rushing and 139 yards passing with four touchdowns
- The Wolves’ defense held Duluth to a conversion rate of 18.2% on third down (2-of-11) and recorded two sacks
- The Northern offense converted on 4-of-11 third downs in the game, but was unable to score on their lone red-zone chance, and threw two interceptions
- Madler threw for 125 yards in the game, completing 12-of-24 attempts, while Vespo notched the team’s only touchdown of the game and threw for 64 yards
- Four players tallied five tackles or more in the game led by Trey King with a career-high ten
- Luke Gunderson led the Wolves’ returners with 27 total yards, including a 19-yard long
NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
- Kaleb Skelly: 87 yards receiving, 12.4 yards per catch
- Trey King: 10 tackles, 3.0 tackles for a loss, 1.0 sack
- Felipe Alvear: 8 tackles, 7 solo stops
- Brennan Kutterer: 5 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, 0.5 sack
Northern honored seniors Dominick Fiscelli, Nate Robinson, Luke Chuol, Brennan Kutterer, Hunter Hansen, Justin Streit, Jack Meyers, Caleb Schentzel, Jordan Graper, Jacob Schloe, Felipe Alvear, Jacob Howard, Zach Bohnenkamp, Collin Stoebner, Jordan Hillesheim, Greg Lux, and Michael Bonds prior to the game
(#23) MSU 40-13
- MSU secured a share of the NSIC title w/ a dominant win over WSU, who was denied part of the crown. The Mavs led 31-0 at recess & held on from there. Each team threw for about 230 yards, but MSU racked up 259y on the ground to Winona’s 42.
(RV) WSC 10-7
- The Wildcats’ defense helped them claim part of the NSIC Title for the 1st time in school history. Wayne won a low-scoring game over the Dragons that saw Moorhead finish w/ just 193 yards, 57 of those coming on the ground. Wayne’s offense wasn’t much better, going for 230 total yards, including 87 through the air. Each team also had multiple TO’s w/ Wayne winning that battle, 4-3. Wayne sacked Jack Strand 6x in the win.
(RV) BSU 51-14
- BSU grabbed a 2nd-straight NSIC North title & a share of the overall championship w/ a drubbing of U-Mary, 51-14. Bemidji held a 27-7 lead after the 1st 15’. The Marauders ran for just 34y thanks to six Beaver sacks, and BSU’s Brendan Beaulieu racked up 5r for 128y & 3TD’s.
- The Coo cruised to a win in their regular season finale, 50-6, in Fayette, IA. USF held a 539-170 lead in total yardage, piling up 356 yards on the turf. Four different USF players ran for scores.
- The Golden Bears made sure no NSIC teams went winless this season, securing a 19-11 home win over Minot to wind down their season. Conner Cordts threw for all three CSP TD’s as Troy Ellison had 5r for 113y & two scores.
- The Vikings’ season came to an end w/ an emphatic 49-0 punishing of the Mustangs. AU’s defense allowed just 140 yards of offense & grabbed 3INT’s, including one “pick six.”