ST. PAUL — The Golden Bears jumped out to an early lead, eventually holding off Minnesota State Moorhead 24-17 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football Saturday at Sea Foam Stadium.
Concordia-St. Paul got out to an early 14-0 lead halfway through the first quarter after running back Shaq Johnson pounded home a 1-yard score.
After MSUM's Ryan Harvey-Turner caught a 17-yard touchdown pass cut the lead to seven in the fourth, Concordia-St. Paul put the game away for good when Darios Reid-Crawley added a 17-yard rushing touchdown, giving the home team a 24-10 lead with just 2 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in the game.
Matthew Plasterer completed 23 passes for 218 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Dragons, as the freshman was sacked 14 times, causing the Dragons to rush for -97 yards. The sack total tied an NCAA Division II national record for most in a single game. As a team, MSUM finished with 121 total yards.
The Dragons will host Augustana (4-2) at noon Saturday, Oct. 19.