The Northern State Wolves put up a school-record 65 points - including 55 straight from the end of the first quarter to the first play of the fourth - en-route to a big 65-17 road win over the University of Mary on Saturday afternoon in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football action. The 65 points eclipsed the previous record of 64 points, set twice previously and most recently in a 2005 win over Minnesota, Crookston.
The win pushes NSU to 5-4 overall and 4-1 in the NSIC North Division, while the Marauders slipped to 4-5 on the season and 1-4 in the North.
NSU fell behind early after two first quarter touchdown passes by U-Mary quarterback Craig Bagnell sandwiched around Felipe Alfaia's first of three made field goals made it 14-3 in favor of the Marauders.
Two straight touchdown passes from NSU sophomore Jared Jacobson to senior wideout Chris Morton on NSU's next two possessions gave the Wolves the lead and it was off to the races from there. Mike Tuch picked off Bagnell moments later and returned it for a touchdown. Alfaia drilled two more field goals and junior tailback John Hughes ran the ball in from 13 yards out as part of a 24-point NSU second quarter that gave the Wolves a 34-14 lead at halftime.
NSU was not done there, however. Morton caught his third touchdown pass of the day while Hughes tallied his second rushing TD in the third quarter. Redshirt freshman Cameron Pudwill scored from one yard out on the first play of the fourth quarter and the Wolves were up 58-17.
U-Mary scored on a Tyler Ryan 35-yard field goal with 2:42 left in the game, but the Wolves tacked on one more score on a 79-yard Terrelle Walker run that pushed it to a 65-17 final.
Jacobson led a potent NSU offensive attack with a career-high 26 completions for 422 yards and three touchdowns, all to Morton, who finished with six catches for 148 yards. Mark Hanley caught ten passes for 140 yards, both new career standards for the senior. Jordan Piatz also had a career day with eight catches for an even 100 yards.
Walker's 79-yard ramble at the end of the game gave him 86 total yards on the day to lead the Wolves' rushing attack. Hughes finished with 63 yards and two touchdowns, while Pudwill had eight carries for 42 yards and NSU's fourth of the day. All told, the Wolves put up 635 yards of total offense, nearly double their season average.
Defensively, the Wolves picked off Bagnell four times, all of which led to NSU scoring opportunities, including Tuch's Pick-Six in the second quarter. Sophomore Paul Woodward had two interceptions, giving him three on the season. Logan Dosch also snagged his fourth of the season.
Freshman Dakota Odermann and redshirt freshman Blaine Schmidt had seven tackles apiece to lead the NSU defense, which held the Marauders to just 84 yards on the ground.
U-Mary's Bagnell was 15-for-30 passing for 201 yards and the two early touchdowns, but was subsequently picked off four times by the NSU secondary. Elby Pope had seven catches for 109 yards, including a 71-yard TD pass in the first quarter.
The win gives NSU five wins on the season, matching the team's win total from 2011 with two games left on the 2012 docket. A win in the next two games will give the Wolves their first winning season since 2005. The Wolves are home next weekend to host Minnesota, Crookston on senior day. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. at Swisher Field.
Courtesy: Northern State Athletics