Northern State, which is one week removed from a big win over Bemidji State, will visit Minnesota State, Moorhead today.
Northern State (3-6, 2-6 NSIC) plays at Minnesota State-Moorhead (2-7, 1-7) at 1 p.m. today in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference college football game at Moorhead, Minn.
The Wolves defeated Bemidji State last week in Aberdeen. The Beavers were receiving votes in the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll at the time and were ranked 20th in the nation two weeks before playing NSU. Bemidji State was also 10th in the Central Regional rankings at the time of the game.
NSU shut out Bemidji, 14-0.
They are hard to come by, Northern State coach Tom Dosch said about the shutout. In this day and age, to keep a team off the scoreboard totally is a credit to the kids and the staff. Now we have to continue to do it again and build off this.
The Wolves will look to build off the win today against the Dragons, who have lost their last five games. Moorhead's two wins came against first-year program Robert Morris (Ill.) in the first game of the season and a 29-22 overtime win over Minnesota-Crookston.
They played Duluth (lost 49-21) about a month ago, Dosch said. They really looked about as sharp as I have seen anybody look against Duluth. Certainly, you can see them improving.
Northern State's Jared Jacobson will get his first career collegiate start at quarterback today against the Dragons. Senior QB Nick Wanner is out for the rest of the season after injuring his shoulder on the Wolves' first offensive play of the game last week. Jacobson entered the game at that point and finished with 91 rushing yards and 96 passing yards to help NSU earn the win.
Jacobson and Wanner are similar quarterbacks who can hurt their opponents through the air as well as running, so the offensive game plan might not change too much with Jacobson under center.
Nick and Jared both run real well, Dosch said. That will still be a big part of our attack. We will be running the football and getting our quarterback involved in the run game and also throwing it as well. We still want to be balanced and unpredictable.
A pair of true freshmen, Brock Wieber and Shane Erickson, are both listed as the backup quarterbacks on NSU's depth chart this week.
Game Notes: The game will be broadcast on 94.1 FM. ... Aberdeen Roncalli graduate Darren Dell is a junior defensive lineman for the Dragons. Sisseton graduates Ryan Toelle (quarterback) and Wade Youngblom (tight end) are also on the Dragons' roster. ... NSU owns a 26-21-1 edge in the all-time series and has won three of the last four meetings, including last year's 16-7 triumph in Aberdeen.
Ht. Wt. Yr.
LT Jim GreenÉ6-4 275 Sr.
LG Rob NeisenÉ6-4 280 Jr.
C Keith MayerÉ6-1 270 Sr.