Minnesota State, Mankato 70
Upper Iowa 7
MANKATO, Minn. — Saturday at Blakeslee Stadium turned out to be a historic day for the Minnesota State football program. Its 70-7 pummeling of the Peacocks of Upper Iowa put a cap on the program’s first undefeated regular season in school history.
The win clinches Mankato’s first NSIC South Division crown and outright conference championship. The team’s 70 points tied a school record for most points scored in a game and their 63-point margin of victory is now second most lopsided in history. Also, junior kicker Sam Brockshus booted 10 extra points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer with 244 points, surpassing Ken Navitsky’s mark of 241 points.
Mankato proved they were the conference’s best team early and often in the afternoon. While the defense held Upper Iowa to three straight three-and-outs, the offense was busy scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions. Andy Pfeiffer, Connor Thomas and Jon Wolf all had rushing scores.
Sioux Falls 24
Wayne State College 14
SIOUX FALLS — University of Sioux Falls quarterback Taylor Perkins accounted for two scores and 312 yards of total offense in USF's 24-14 victory over Wayne State on Saturday afternoon in Northern Sun Conference football played at Bob Young Field.
The Wildcats were outgained in total offense 360-244 by the Cougars. Wayne State rushed for 71 yards while gaining another 173 through the air while Sioux Falls netted 93 yards rushing and 267 passing. Charlie Davidson rushed 25 times for 73 yards. Quarterback Brian Kent was 10-of-23 passing for 87 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions while Nate Most was 7-13 for 86 yards and one score. Kevin Paulsen reeled in eight catches for 108 yards for the Wildcats.
Perkins went 27-of-47 passing for 267 yards with one touchdown and one interception while rushing for 45 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Bemidji State 49
Minot State 0
BEMIDJI, Minn. — With a 49-0 victory Saturday, Bemidji State earned a share of the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division title.
The Beavers scored 21 points off defensive turnovers to claim the victory against Minot State. Bemidji State posted a balanced attack, totaling 225 yards passing and 201 yards on the ground. Three different players finished with 60 or more yards rushing and five different receivers caught a pass.
Running back Brad Hemling led the ground game with 65 yards and two touchdowns, while junior Avery Walker added 61 yards and a score and senior quarterback Lance Rongstad finished with 60 rushing yards. Rongstad passed for 225 yards and three touchdowns, going 16-for-24 with one interception.
Winona State 49
Concordia-St. Paul 31