By Chad Courrier
Free Press Staff Writer
Gustavus notes: The Gusties (2-3, 1-3 in MIAC) play a nonconference home game today against Valley City State, a member of NAIA, in the annual homecoming game. ... These teams have only met once, with Valley City State winning 10-3 in 2005. ... Gustavus is outscoring opponents 90-51 in the second half of games. ... The Gusties are averaging 206.6 yards rushing ... Michael Hintze is averaging 25.0 yards on seven kickoff returns. ... Kicker Tom Huepenbecker has made 2 of 3 field goals and 16 of 17 PAT kicks. ... Gustavus has recovered 15 fumbles, while committing only four. Zach Stackhouse has three fumble recoveries. .... Anthony Boyce leads the defense with 36 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
Valley City State notes: The Vikings (4-2) defeated Mayville State 61-35 last weekend. ... Valley City State rushed for 452 yards in last week’s victory. ... Junior running back Derek Elliot tied a school record last week with five touchdowns, four by rush. Elliot has 577 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns in six games. ... Quarterback Tommy Zinke has completed 69 of 143 passes for 973 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions. ... Defensive end Aaron Freije has made 69 tackles and 6 sacks, both of which lead the defense.