The Mankato Free Press
---- — College football game day
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.
Extra point: Minnesota State's next victory will be the 400th in program history. Since 1922, the Mavericks are 399-376-28.
1 p.m., St. Paul
First down: Gustavus is 2-1, 1-1 in MIAC games, after last week's 45-19 homecoming victory over St. Olaf. Hamline is 1-2, 1-1 in MIAC, having lost 55-20 to Augsburg last week. ... Gustavus leads the series 57-23 and have won seven straight against Hamline. Last season, Gustavus won 37-0, the same score as the 2011 game. ... Gustavus hasn't won consecutive games since early October, 2010.
Second down: Receiver Matt Boyce had career-highs last week with 13 receptions and 150 yards receiving. ... Running back Jeffrey Dubose has moved into eight place on the program's all-time rushing list with 2,361 yards. He needs 110 yards to push past former coach Jay Schoenebeck. ... The 45 points scored last week were the most since 2007. ... Gustavus is outscoring opponents 75-12 in the second and third quarters.
Third down: Junior cornerback Zach Dilger is the MIAC defensive player of the week after making two interceptions and five tackles last week. ... Defensive end Cameron Cropsey already has six tackles for loss. ... Opponents are converting only 26 percent of its third-down plays but are 5 of 9 on fourth down. ... The Gusties are plus-3 in turnovers.
Fourth down: Hamline leads the MIAC with 245.7 yards rushing per game. Austin Duncan is averaging 176.3 yards rushinng per game with three touchdowns. ... The defense has allowed 383.0 yards of offense and 36.0 points per game. ... Corey Touchette has made four sacks. ... Jack Swanberg of Le Sueur-Henderson is a backup safety at Hamline.
Extra point: In the last three games against Hamline, Gustavus is averaging 297 yards rushing with nine touchdowns. Last season, the Gusties rushed for 283 yards and five touchdowns in the victory.
— Compiled by Free Press staff writer Chad Courrier.