Northern State pulls away from MSUM
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Northern State recorded another 40-point game versus Minnesota State Moorhead, and almost all of it came in the second half. The Wolves topped Moorhead 48-26 on Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division...
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State recorded another 40-point game versus Minnesota State Moorhead, and almost all of it came in the second half.
The Wolves topped Moorhead 48-26 on Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division game at Swisher Field. The Wolves have now scored over 40 points versus the Dragons five straight times.
NSU trailed 13-7 at halftime, but exploded for 20 points in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth quarter to notch its second straight victory of the season.
“I’m just proud of the resiliency and real proud of the way we performed after not playing particularly well at certain points of the first half,” said NSU coach Tom Dosch.
It also helped that the Wolves played with the strong wind in the third quarter.
“They had the wind the second quarter. They had the wind the third quarter,” MSUM coach Steve Laqua said. “So a lot of plays in a row with the wind. I think the biggest piece was it played such a big deal in field position and field position was key. Punting into that wind was difficult and we needed to get more first downs offensively to keep that from happening.”
NSU wide receiver Tyrell Anderson and Nicholas Truen scored touchdowns in the third quarter to give NSU a 20-13 lead. Anderson’s was on a reverse and Truen scored on a 64-yard run.
Truen went untouched on the score, and it was the highlight of a 150-yard rushing day for the sophomore running back.
“All credit to the O-line,” Truen said. “I didn’t even get touched on that play. My grandma probably could have ran through that one.”
MSUM then drove into NSU territory and were faced with a fourth-and-3 at NSU’s 29. The Dragons went for it instead of kicking a field goal into the wind. MSUM running back Hunter Braaten was stopped for no gain on a nice open field tackle by NSU safety Zach Neer to help keep the Dragons scoreless in the third quarter.
“Our coaches said, ‘Just keep our heads up and go out there and play our game,’ ” Neer said about the second half. “We came out there and executed our game plan, stuck with it, and we just played our butts off.”
NSU quarterback Kyle Lavand threw a 68-yard TD strike to Zech Culbreath later in the third to put NSU up 27-13. On the Dragons next possession, the Wolves called a timeout on third down so they could play with the wind before the quarter break. It paid off as Lavand threw a 20-yard completion to Culbreath to Moorhead’s 30 on the quarter’s last play.
“That was really big just again cause you know when you go into that wind the field has got to get flipped,” Dosch said.
Lavand capped the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Taylor Houchin to put NSU up 34-13.
MSUM 7 6 0 13–26
NSU 0 7 20 21–48
MSUM–Gibson 17 pass from Carr (Tjosvold kick)
MSUM–Carr 1 run (kick blocked)
NSU–Barber 2 pass from Lavand (Shaw kick)
NSU–Anderson 26 run (kick failed)
NSU–Truen 64 run (Krupka kick)
NSU–Culbreath 68 pass from Lavand (Krupka kick)
NSU–Houchin 4 pass from Lavand (Krupka kick)
MSUM–Ambrose 67 pass from Carr (kick failed)
MSUM–Ambrose 23 pass from Carr (Tjosvold kick)
NSU–Truen 5 run (Krupka kick)
NSU–Barber 75 interception return (Krupka kick)
TEAM STATISTICS MSUM NSU
First downs 21 23
Rushes-yards 53-211 50-226
Passing 177 272
Comp-Att-Int 14-25-1 19-33-1
Punts-Avg. 7-32.7 4-39.8
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 3-25 3-25
Time of possession 24:53 35:07
RUSHING: MSUM, Medhaug 23-125, Griffith 12-59, Carr 10-11, Ambrose 2-10, Gray 2-7, Stasch 1-3, Braaten 2-(minus-4). NSU, Truen 18-150, Anderson 1-26, Erlandson 6-14, Culbreath 1-11, McAlvain 5-8, Kelly 4-8, Houchin 1-4, Pudwill 2-3, Lavand 12-2.
PASSING: MSUM, Carr 14-25-1 177 yards. NSU, Lavand 17-301 238, McAlvain 2-3-0 34.
RECEIVING: MSUM, Ambrose 2-90, Moore 4-40, Gibson 4-37, Braaten 2-7, Griffith 1-5, Stich 1-(minus-2). NSU, Culbreath 4-104, Doherty 5-51, Truen 2-34, Anderson 2-29, Houchin 3-19, Kraft 1-18, Barber 2-17.