The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 28, 2013

College football game day

College football game day

Northern State

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

Gustavus Adolphus

1:30 p.m., Hollingsworth Stadium

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