The Mankato Free Press
---- — College football game day
at Minnesota State
6 p.m., Blakeslee Stadium
Twitter @ChadCourrier, 1230-AM The Fan
First down: Minnesota State leads this series 2-0, with victories in 2010 (42-3) and 2011 (42-0). The Mavericks opened the season with a 34-21 win at Mary, while Minnesota Crookston lost its opener 47-0 to Upper Iowa.
Second down: The Mavericks' defense had two big plays, with safety Nathan Hancock returning an interception 72 yards for a touchdown and linebacker Isaac Kolstad returning a fumble 56 yards. ... Senior defensive end Chris Schaudt added to his school record by making the 28th sack of his career last week. ... Minnesota State was ranked seventh in Division II for defending the run last season at 93.2 yards per game, and in the opener, the Mavericks gave up just 22 yards on 21 carries.
Third down: The Mavericks only rushed for 127 yards last week. Only twice last season did Minnesota State rush for less than that, averaging 235.7 yards per game. ...Senior quarterback Jon Wolf had 296 yards of offense, with 249 yards passing. ... With last season's leading receiver Adam Thielen now in the NFL, the Mavericks were going to have a more balanced receiving corps, and last week, seven different receivers caught a pass. Dennis Carter was the leader with four receptions.
Fourth down: Minnesota Crookston gained only 61 yards of offense against Upper Iowa, with -43 yards rushing. ... Defensively, the Golden Eagles allowed 565 yards, with 264 yards rushing. Linebacker Ricky Jacobs made 11 takles, with 2.5 tackles for loss.
Extra point: Kicker Sam Brockshus, the leading scorer in program history and a preseason All-American, made all six of his kicks last week, with field goals of 45 and 37 yards with four PATS.
at Gustavus Adolphus
1 p.m., Hollingsworth Stadium
First down: Gustavus opened the season with a 35-26 victory at Simpson last season, the first time these programs had met in football. The Gusties are 56-36-4 in home-openers.
Second down: Gustavus senior Jeffrey DuBose needs only 40 yards rushing to reach 1,000 yards for his career and 120 yards rushing to crack the top 10 in Gustavus history. ... For the third consecutive season, Gustavus will have a different quarterback. Mitch Hendricks, a sophomore transfer from St. John's, will start today. ... All five of the Gustavus offensive linemen have started at least two games and three have started eight or more games.
Third down: The Gustavus defense ranked third in the MIAC last season with 27 takeaways, including 18 fumble recoveries. Cornerback Torey Asao led the team with three interceptions. ... Linebacker Joe Haas led the defense with 91 tackles, including five sacks.
Fourth down: Simpson is 1-0 after defeating Iowa Wesleyan 55-21 last week. The Simpson gained more than 600 yards of offense, with 352 yards rushing. ... Taylor Nelson completed 16 of 18 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns. Brad Vogel made eight receptions for 139 yards and two scores. ... The Simpson defense allowed 322 yards passing in the game, but allowed just 16 yards rushing.
Extra point: There are 20 seniors on the Gustavus roster, which is fourth-most of any season in the last 20 years. There were 28 seniors on the 2003 roster, which is the most.
— Compiled by Free Press staff writer Chad Courrier.