Noon, Fayette, Iowa
1230-AM The Fan
First down: The No. 1-rated Mavericks (10-0) finishes the regular season with the road game at Upper Iowa (6-4), which has won its last two games. ... Minnesota State is 7-0 in this series, with three wins at Fayette. The Mavericks have outscored Upper Iowa 299-66 in the series, including last season’s 70-7 victory at Blakeslee. ... The Mavericks have already secured a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship and have won an outright South Division title for the sixth time in eight seasons.
Second down: Senior quarterback Jon Wolf ranks fourth in program history for rushing touchdowns (28), sixth in passing touchdowns (31), sixth in total offense (5,772 yards), seventh in passing yards (3,600) and eighth in rushing yards (2,172). ... The Mavericks have scored 405 points this season, 85 short of the program record set last season. ... Minnesota State is averaging 276.4 yards rushing per game, with Wolf leading at 846 and Connor Thomas at 833. Andy Pfeiffer and Chad Zastrow both have more than 300 yards rushing. ... Dennis Carter leads the team with 42 catches and 771 yards, scoring eight touchdowns.
Third down: The Minnesota State defense ranks No. 3 in rushing defense, allowing 70.8 yards per game. The Mavericks also rank third with 21 interceptions and fifth in total defense at 280.2 yards allowed. ... Tyler Henderson has taken the team lead with 59 tackles. ... Chris Schaudt has the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss, while Josh Gordon has a team-high 6.5 sacks. ... Seventeen players have made a least a half-sack this season. ...
Fourth down: Chris Smith leads Upper Iowa in rushing with 1,672 yards and 16 touchdowns. ... Cole Jaeschke has passed for 2,787 yards passing and 22 touchdowns, with Lucas Hefty catching nine touchdowns. ... Ethan Douglas leads the defense with 97 tackles, including a team-high 12.5 for a loss. Alex Wahl has made five sacks, while Chayz Holt has three interceptions.
Extra point: Wolf has been named one of seven regional finalists for the Harlon Hill Award, which recognizes the top player in Division II. The group of 28 will be whittled to eight, which is two per region, on Nov. 22. Wolf has completed 99 of 156 passes for 1,642 yards and 15 touchdowns and has 846 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing. Wolf is the seventh Minnesota State player to be a Harlon Hill regional finalist.
Gustavus Adolphus at Concordia
1 p.m., Jake Cristiansen Stadium
First down: Gustavus (6-3, 4-3 in MIAC) closes the regular season with a road game at Concordia (7-2, 5-2). ... Gustavus leads the series 44-35-2, but the Cobbers have won seven of the last 10 games. Last season, Concordia won 29-10 at Hollingsworth, but the Gusties have won the last two games at Moorhead. ... Last week, Gustavus defeated Carleton 34-19, while Concordia lost 34-20 to St. Thomas. ... This will be coach Peter Haugen’s first winning season at Gustavus, which hasn’t won seven games since the 2001 season.
Second down: Running back Jeffrey Dubose holds almost ever school rushing record except one. He needs 94 yards to become the all-time leading rusher at Gustavus. He is third at 3,221 yards. He already holds career records for 45 touchdowns and 38 rushing touchdowns. He became the single-season record-holder last week with 1,261 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing. He was named the MIAC offensive player of the week after rushing for a school-record 264 yards. ... Gustavus’ offensive line of Marcus Kelly, Lyle Opdahl, David Gschneidner, Trevor Winkelman and Wyatt Adams has started all nine games this season. It’s the first time since 2006 that the same five offensive lineman will have started all 10 games in a season. The Gusties have allowed only one sack in the last 316 offensive snaps. ... Kicker Thomas Schluesener was named the MIA special teams player of the week for the second straight week.
Third down: Gustavus is holding opponents to 3.4 yards per rushing attempt. ... The Gusties average slightly more than 4 minutes of possession time than opponents. ... Opponents are only 9 of 20 on fourth down and have scored on just 20 of 29 trips inside the 20-yard line. ... Linebacker Joe Haas, who leads the team with 58 tackles, has forced four fumbles.
Fourth down: Concordia is averaging 33.8 points and 403 yards of offense, with 195.9 yards rushing per game. ... Quarterback Griffin Neal averages 205.9 yards passing and 52.7 yards rushing, with 21 total touchdowns. ... Running back Alex McLean averages 43.9 yards rushing and has scored four touchdowns. ... Brandon Zylstra. Zylstra has caught 37 passes and scored seven touchdowns. ... Concordia’s rush defense allows 127.9 yards per game. ... Safety Luke Peterson has 54 tackles, one more than defensive end Nate Adams, who leads the MIAC with eight sacks and three fumble recoveries. ... Cornerback Kenyon O’Brien is tied for the MIAC lead with five interceptions.
Extra point: Gustavus is 28-22-1 in season finales. The Gusties and Concordia have met in the final game eight times, with each team winning four times.
Compiled by Free Press staff writer Chad Courrier