Wolves Drop Home Opener To Duluth

Aberdeen, SD (NSUWolves.com) – The Northern State University football team dropped their 2023 home opener to (RV) Minnesota Duluth Saturday evening, after a high scoring first half by the Bulldogs. The Wolves scored in three of the four quarters, however a 35 points deficit at the half was difficult to overcome.
Final Score: NSU 21, UMD 41
Records: NSU 0-2 (0-2 NSIC), UMD 2-0 (1-0 NSIC)
Attendance: 5128
  • Colton Hackel made the first start of his Northern State career, stepping in for an injured Anthony Vespo; Hackel ran for a game high 134 yards and passed for 224
  • The Bulldogs opened the contest with a bang, grabbing 21 points in the first quarter
  • Hackel and the Wolves tied the contest at 7-all with a rushing touchdown, however that was as close as the Wolves would get
  • Duluth knocked out back-to-back scores closing out the first quarter
  • Hackel brought the Wolves within seven early in the second quarter on his second rushing touchdown of the contest, as 8-yard attempt
  • UMD extended their lead in the second with two more scores, holding a 35-14 tilt at the half
  • Neither team broke through in the third and the Bulldogs tallied their sixth and final touchdown of the game early in the fourth; a 1-yard run by starting quarterback Kyle Walljasper
  • Dakota Larson tallied his touchdown in 665 days at just under six minutes in the fourth; the fourth touchdown of his career against the Bulldogs
  • The Wolves recorded a game leading 22 first downs, 224 yards passing, 395 yards of total offense, and 175 return yards in the contest, however four turnovers and a lack of early defensive stability led to their demise
  • The offense converted on 8-of-15 third downs, 0-of-5 fourth downs, and 3-of-5 scoring chances in the red-zone
  • The Bulldog offense converted on 6-of-9 third down attempts and scored each of the five times they entered the red-zone
  • Dewaylon Ingram was just a few yards short of notching his second 100-yard game of the 2023 season, leading the team with 98 total yards
  • Kegan Mountain made his Northern State debut and was an impactful player for the Wolves, racking up 163 kick return yards, averaging 27.2 yards per return with a 41-yard long
  • Drew Smook went 3-for-3 in PATs and Wade James averaged 58.5 yards per kickoff
  • Luke Gunderson led the defensive effort with eight tackles, including 2.0 tackles for a loss and the team’s lone sack
  • Colton Hackel: 224 yds passing, 134 yds rushing, 2 rushing TDs
  • Dewaylon Ingram: 98 yds receiving
  • Dakota Larson: 64 yds receiving, 1 TD
  • Luke Gunderson: 8 tackles, 2.0 TFL of 7 yds, 1.0 sack
  • Trey King: 7 tackles, 1 break-up
  • Kegan Mountain: 163 kick returns yds, 27.2 yds per return
Northern State returns to Dacotah Bank Stadium next Saturday versus the University of Mary. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. against the Marauders in the 2023 Ag Bowl.