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October 4, 2013

College football game day: MSU at Concordia-St. Paul, Gustavus at Hamline

College football game day

Minnesota State

at Concordia-St. Paul

Noon, St. Paul

1230-AM The Fan

First down: Minnesota State (4-0) opens South Division play in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a road game at Concordia-St. Paul (3-1). The Mavericks, ranked No. 2, have won 14 straight South Division games and eight straight road games. ... Minnesota State leads the series 5-2 and have won the last two, including a 30-10 victory last season at Blakeslee Stadium.

Second down: The Mavericks got the running game going last week, rolling up 447 yards against Northern State, but the yards have been spread pretty evenly among the backs. Connor Thomas leads with 267 yards rushing in four games, with quarterback Jon Wolf next at 260. Chad Zastrow has 186 yards, Andy Pfeiffer 128 yards and Anthony Lewis 92 yards. Wolf and Zastrow, a reserve, each had more than 100 yards rushing last week, the first time one of the Mavericks had done that this season. ... Minnesota State is outscoring teams 110-27 in the second and third quarters. ... Minnesota State finally tried a fourth-down conversion last week and converted twice.

Third down: ... The Mavericks have allowed 84.8 yards rushing per game. ... Linebacker Kris Fliegle leads the team with 28 tackles, 14 of which were solo. ... Senior Chris Schaudt is listed as the starter at defensive end, while Shonquille Dorsey is not listed on the two-deep roster. Both were injured in the first half of last week's game. Redshirt freshman Colt Nero is the starter on Dorsey's spot. ... Opponents are converting on only 36 percent of the third-down plays and have made only 3 of 8 tries on fourth down. Opponents have only reached the red zone nien times but have seven touchdowns.

Fourth down: Tre Spears leads the Concordia-St. Paul rushing attack with 490 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Jared Russo has completed 47 of 80 passes on the season for 622 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions. Josh Trifunov leads the defense with 35 tackles, and Chris Krakau has two sacks and two fumble recoveries.

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