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November 16, 2013

College football game day: MSU at Upper Iowa, GA at Concordia

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.

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