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PHOTOS: Scenes from Dragons home-opening football loss against stingy Sioux Falls

The University of Sioux Falls and its stingy defense knocked of Minnesota State Moorhead on the season-opening game for both college football teams.

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Minnesota State University Moorhead's Marcus Gulley celebrates his interception against Sioux Falls at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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MOORHEAD — The University of Sioux Falls scored 17 unanswered points during a stretch that started in the second quarter and ended early in the second half to earn a 27-14 victory against Minnesota State Moorhead on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football.

The game was the season opener for both teams.

Sioux Falls quarterback Adam Mullen completed 24 of 40 pass for 309 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. The Cougars sacked Dragons quarterback Tommy Falk six times, while limiting MSUM to 209 yards.

The Dragons rushed two yards on 28 attempts, losing 47 yards on the six sacks. Falk completed 18 of 34 passes for 207 yards and a TD with two interceptions. MSUM running back Hayden Boll rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts.

Below are scenes from MSUM's home opener.

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Minnesota State University Moorhead players gather in the weight room before kickoff against Sioux Falls at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead's Hayden Boll scores against Sioux Falls in the third quarter at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Sioux Falls' Logan Flanagan leaps for a catch against Minnesota State University Moorhead's Matthew Oh-Slack at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead quarterback Tommy Falk is hit by Sioux Falls' Zach Durfee and Brendan Holt at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Sioux Falls' Carter Slykhuis grabs a pass against Minnesota State Moorhead's Cody Sorenson at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead players collect their thoughts before kickoff against Sioux Falls at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead's Jackson Faller (93) celebrates his interception against Sioux Falls with teammate Hayden Carr at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead's Denver Sheets and Marcus Gulley tackle Sioux Falls' Landon Freeman at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead receiver Gage Florence signals a first down after a reception against Sioux Falls at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Sioux Falls' Hunter Schneider pulls in a touchdown reception between Minnesota State Moorhead's Mike McClanahan and Jared Kallenbach at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead's Ryan Bieberdorf pulls in a touchdown catch against Sioux Falls' Justin Mathieu at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead players take the field before kickoff against Sioux Falls at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Sioux Falls' Landon Freeman turns the corner past Minnesota State Moorhead's Cody Sorenson to score a touchdown at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Sioux Falls' Landon Freeman carries over Minnesota State University Moorhead's James Eggert for a touchdown at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead's Hayden Carr (99) and teammates warm up before kickoff against Sioux Falls at Alex Nemzek Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.
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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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