DULUTH, Minn. -- It went down to the wire between No. 2 Minnesota State and No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth Saturday evening in Malosky Stadium, but it would be the Mavericks that would hold their ground as they came away with the 21-17 win.
In front of the fourth largest home crowd in Minnesota-Duluth’s history (5,723), the Mavericks won their third straight game behind some solid defense down the stretch, including a crucial red zone stand during the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
With 6:04 left in the game, the Bulldogs took over on their own 48-yard line trailing the Mavericks 21-17. Duluth moved down the field and eventually got to a first and goal on the Mankato five-yard line.
A series of runs and a false start pushed the Bulldogs back to the Mankato 16-yard line. Duluth then threw a pass that appeared to give the Bulldogs the go-ahead touchdown, but a holding penalty negated the touchdown and pushed the Bulldogs back to the Mankato 26-yard line. The Mavericks then took over possession after a pair of incomplete passes to close out the game with a 21-17 win.
Trailing 10-0 early in the second frame, Mankato rallied with an eight-play, 73-yard drive that was capped off by a seven yard touchdown pass to Kyle Riggot to pull Mankato within three at 10-7.
The Mavericks kept their momentum rolling late in the second as it put together another long drive, this time with Jon Wolf running it in for the score to give the Mavericks a 14-10 lead heading into the locker room.
Duluth retook the lead with 8:51 left in the third quarter as Bauer connected with Zach Zweifel with a 23 yard touchdown pass to take a 17-14 lead. The Mavericks responded with 1:59 left in the third as Wolf connected with Carter on a 34-yard touchdown pass to put the Mavericks ahead for good at 21-17.
The Mavericks return home Saturday for homecoming as they host Northern State.
St. Cloud State 34
Concordia-St. Paul 3
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- St. Cloud State is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2007 season after defeating Concordia-St. Paul 34-3 Saturday night.
The Huskies rolled up 437 yards of total offense, including 243 in the air and held the Golden Bears to 206 yards of offense and 85 on the ground. St. Cloud State scored on five of six first half drives and led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and took a 31-0 shutout into halftime.
St. Cloud State quarterback Phillip Klaphake threw for two touchdowns, completing 20-of-31 passes for 243 yards. He finished with 40 rushing yards.
Concordia-St. Paul running back Tre Spears rushed 20 times for 60 yards and Jared Russo completed 11-of-22 passes for 121 yards.
University of Mary 17
Sioux Falls 10
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Vince Ferrante scored the winning touchdown with 4:41 left in the game as the University of Mary defeated the University of Sioux Falls.