The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 30, 2012

MSU Football Game Day

Mavericks notes: Minnesota State (12-0) hosts Missouri Western State in the Super Region 3 championship game. It’s the Mavericks’ first trip to the national quarterfinals. ... These teams haven’t played since 1998 and 1999 and split those games. ... The Mavericks are coming off their first home win in the playoffs, a 38-35, double-overtime victory against Northwest Missouri State ... Minnesota State has scored in 57 of 65 trips into the red zone with 43 touchdowns. ... The Mavericks have allowed only 19 points in the first half of home games.  ... Defensive end Chris Schaudt broke the program’s sacks record with two last week, bringing his career total to 26. Schaudt has 10.5 sacks this season, just three short of the single-season record. ... Receiver Adam Thielen needs one yard to reach 1,000 yards receiving for the season. Only five other players in program history have reached 1,000 yards. ... Freshman running back Connor Thomas has 1,408 all-purpose yards, with 707 yards rushing, 19 yards receiving and  682 yards on kick returns. ... Running back Andy Pfeiffer rushed for 120 yards last week, his second 100-yard game of the season and 10th of his career. Pfeiffer has 1,946 yards rushing in two seasons.

Missouri Western State notes: The Griffons (12-1) defeated Henderson State 45-21 in the region semifinals last week. ... Western averages 44 points and allows 22.6. The Griffons average 278.4 yards rushing and 195.8 yards passing. ... The Griffons are led by running back Michael Hill, who is a Harlan Hill finalist after rushing for 2,118 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Quarterback Travis Partridge, the head coach’s son, has completed 205 of 311 passes for 2,546 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He’s also rushed for 17 touchdowns. ... Linebacker Stephen Juergens has a team-high 84 tackles, and defensive back Marc Harrison has 76. ... Defensive end Davis Bass is a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award, which honors Division II’s top lineman. Bass has 10.5 sacks this season, while defensive end Ben Pister has 8 sacks.

Compiled by Free Press staff writer Chad Courrier.