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December 7, 2012

MSU Football Game Day

Mavericks notes: This will be the Mavericks’ first trip to the national semifinals and first game against Valdosta State. ... The Mavericks (13-0), the champions of Super Region 3, are ranked fifth, while Valdosta State, the winner in Super Region 2, is rated 17th. ... The Mavericks are coming off a 17-10 victory over Missouri Western State. ... The Mavericks have set a team record with 471 points this season. ... Last week, senior Adam Thielen became the sixth player in program history to reach 1,000 yards receiving in a season. He has 1,048 yards on 68 catches. His career total of 2,674 yards receiving is third best at Minnesota State. ... Kicker Sam Brockshus, who is one of 10 finalists for the Fred Mitchell Award that goes to the top non-Division I kicker, is 58 of 59 on PATs and 19 of 24 on field goals this season. .... The Mavericks have four players who have rushed for more than 400 yards, including backup quarterback Mitch Brozovich (457). Andy Pfeiffer needs 7 yards to reach 2,000 for his two-year career. ... Quarterback Jon Wolf has accounted for more than 2,000 yards of offense with 1,560 yards passing and 568 yards rushing. ... Minnesota State has 22 interceptions this season, with seven in the two playoff games. Robert Gunderson leads the team with five picks, while Earl Brooks and Jordan Hale each have 3. ... Defensive end Chris Schaudt has 15.5 tackles for loss, bringing his career total to 46.5, which is a program record. ... Only four opponents have rushed for more than 100 yards against Minnesota State, and only five times has the opponent passed for more than 200 yards. Mavericks’ opponents have only gained more than 350 yards of total offense four times.

Blazers notes: Valdosta State (10-2) defeated Carson Newman 48-27 in the region championship game Saturday, scoring the final 26 points of the contest. ... Valdosta State, making its 12th national-tournament appearance in the last 18 seasons, won national championships in 2004 and 2007. ... The Blazers average 219.8 yards rushing and 186.4 yards passing. ... Freshman Cedric O’Neal has rushed for 1,055 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 6.9 yards per carry. ... Quarterback Cayden Cochran has completed 184 of 284 passes for 2,323 yards and 23 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. ... Gerald Ford has a team-high 60 receptions for 942 yards and 12 touchdowns. ... Linebacker Chris Pope leads the team with 107 tackles, with linebacker Jeremy Grable next at 87. Defensive end Tyler Josey has a team-high eight sacks. ... Offensive tackler Ryan Schraeder is a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award that honors the best lineman in Division II.

— Compiled by Free Press staff writer Chad Courrier

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