The 18th ranked Wayne State Wildcats visit 2nd ranked Minnesota Duluth Saturday evening in a Northern Sun Conference showdown in Duluth, Minnesota.
Both teams are off to 2-0 starts as WSC opened with a 24-17 win at then #13 Nebraska-Kearney and then followed that up with a big 68-6 win last Saturday in the league opener against Minnesota, Crookston..
Meanwhile UMD, an early favorite to play for the D-II national title looked really good in a 35-10 win at then #5 Central Washington and won easily at Upper Iowa last Saturday 62-13 to open NSIC play.
After two weeks of play, Wayne State leads the Northern Sun Conference and ranksth in NCAA Division II in total offense per game, averaging 480.5 yards per game. WSC ranks second in the league in rushing offense (216.0) and is third in passing offense at 64.5 yards per game. The ‘Cats trail only Minnesota Duluth (48.5) in scoring offense in the league, averaging 46.0 points per game.
Defensively, WSC ranks second in total defense allowing just 236.0 yards per game,railing only Bemidji State (201.0). The ‘Cats are second in passing defense (157.5), thirdn rushing defense (78.5) and tied for third in scoring defense at 11.5 points a game.
Individually, sophomore quarterback Cyle Schultz ranks third in the league in total offense per game (274.5) and is fourth in the NSIC in passing yards per game at 228.5. Helso ranks second in the league in pass efficiency rating at 184.9, trailing only Minnesota-Duluth’s Chase Vogler at 209.9.