Southwest Minnesota State snapped a seven-game losing streak to Wayne State Saturday evening with a 40-24 Northern Sun Conference football win over the Wildcats at the Regional Event Center in Marshall, Minnesota. The host Mustangs improve to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the NSIC South Division while Wayne State slips to 4-2 on the season and 1-1 in NSIC South Division play.
Southwest Minnesota State outgained the Wildcats by a margin of 509-264. The Mustangs gained 324 yards on the ground with another 185 passing while WSC had 120 yards rushing and 144 passing. Wayne State’s top rusher was senior Nick Pulscher with 82 yards on 19 carries and two scores. Brian Kent completed 5 of 9 passes for 62 yards with one interception and one touchdown while Nate Most was 4 of 9 passing for 82 yards and one interception. Sophomore Adam Stark was the top WSC receiver with three receptions for 69 yards.
Wayne State will be at home next Saturday as the Wildcats host Winona State in a 1 p.m. Northern Sun Conference contest.
The No. 2-ranked Colorado State University-Pueblo football team withstood a Chadron State challenge in a wild game to earn a 45-38 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference victory Saturday during its Homecoming. It was the second consecutive game between the two rivals in Pueblo that went into overtime. The ThunderWolves also won in 2010 and have now defeated the Eagles four straight years.
The Eagles scored just a minute and a half into the third quarter to take a 28-16 lead . Pueblo drove 68 yards in 10 plays and quarterback Ross Dausin squirmed his way into the end zone from 1-yard out on fourth down to tie things up with 1:16 remaining. Pueblo scored on its only possession in overtime when Cameron McDondle ran in for an 8-yard score. The Eagles had an opportunity to tie on their possession and drove to the 9-yard line but failed to move the ball on their final three plays.
On a chilly day in Kearney, Neb. Truman took advantage of three UNK turnovers to earn the 16-7 road victory. All the scoring came in the first half as Truman used three 50+ yard drives to get the three scores. For the Bulldogs Conrad Schottel threw for 273 yards and two scores. Dallas Grier caught 11 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown. Richie Schumacher had 12 tackles and a forced and recovered fumble and Michael Elliot added an interception. For the Lopers Sean Flanagan was 13 of 23 for 201 yards and Ricky Trinidad had 110 yards on the ground. Stephan Rush had three carries for five yards, but had UNK’s lone score in the ballgame. On defense Pete Kropp and Kellen Werner each had 11 tackles to lead their squad.