College football game day
at Minnesota State
2 p.m., Blakeslee Stadium
Twitter @Chad Courrier, 1230-AM The Fan
First down: Minnesota State is 3-0 and ranked No. 2 in national polls. Northern State is 1-2. The Mavericks won 21-17 at Minnesota Duluth last week, while the Wolves lost 24-17 at home to Upper Iowa. The Mavericks lead the series 5-1, having won the last meeting 32-10 in 2011. In six seasons in the Northern Sun, the Mavericks have won 45 of 54 games.
Second down: Minnesota State has 608 yards rushing, to 278 yards rushing by opponents. The Mavericks are averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Minnesota State has eight rushing touchdowns, while opponents have two. ... Minnesota State is outscoring opponents 123-64 but have about a half-minute less in time of possession. ... The Mavericks have eight touchdown drives of at least 70 yards in three games. ... Dennis Carter leads the team with 10 receptions, but Austin Rieder is averaging 19.8 yards per catch. ... Carter is averaging 21.8 yards on kick returns.
Third down: Junior safety Nathan Hancock is Northern Sun defensive player of the week, having made 10 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and an forced fumble. ... The Mavericks have created seven turnovers, while committing only three. ... Sophomore linebacker Tyler Henderson made a career-high 11 tackles last week. ... The defense has stopped 5 of 8 fourth-down plays. ... Linebacker Kris Fliegle leads the team with 21 tackles.
Fourth down: Quarterback Jared Johnson leads the team with 182 yards and three touchdowns rushing and 528 yards and six touchdowns passing. ... Blaine Schmidt leads the Wolves defense with 24 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Extra point: Today is the 81st homecoming game in Minnesota State history, and the Mavericks are 45-33-2 in homecoming games. Minnesota State has won four of the last five homecoming games. Minnesota State has never played Northern State in its homecoming game.
St. Olaf at
1:30 p.m., Hollingsworth Stadium
First down: It's the 89th homecoming at Gustavus today. The Gusties are 1-1, having lost the MIAC opener at Augsburg 19-16 last week. St. Olaf is 1-2, losing 33-29 to Concordia last week. ... Gustavus leads the series 35-24, but the Oles have won the last 10. ... Gustavus is 60-26-2 on homecoming but haven't won since 2009.
Second down: Running back Jeffrey Dubose had a career-high 37 carries and 227 yards rushing against Augsburg last week, and he scored two touchdowns. The 37 carries tied a program record, while 227 yards was the seventh-highest total. The program record is 258 yards by Ray Wilson in 2008. Dubose jumped into ninth place on the all-time rushing list with 2,262 yards. He has 302 yards in two games. ... Last season, opponents had more than 4 minutes of possession time against Gustavus, but in two games, the Gusties have had more than a five-minute advantage in time of possession.
Third down: Gustavus has allowed only 79 yards rushing per game, which ranks first in the MIAC. Opponents are averaging only 2.3 yards per carry. ... Beau Bachman scored on a defensive two-point conversion last week, the first time it's been done in program history. Torey Asao blocked the PAT, and Bachman made the 85-yard return for two points. ... Matt Keller leads the team with 15 tackles, while Cameron Cropsey has five tackles for loss.
Fourth down: Nate Penz has passed for 787 yards and six touchdowns. Receivers Stephen Asp and Jake Schmiesing combined for 10 catches and 206 yards last week. For the season, Asp has 19 catches, and Schmiesing has 14. ... The Oles have allowed 148.1 yards rushing per game. ... St. Olaf has already recovered six fumbles.
Extra point: Gustavus has been outscored 21-0 in the fourth quarter of games.
— Compiled by Free Press staff writer Chad Courrier.