The No. 2 ranked team in the country lived up to its billing Saturday afternoon in Mankato, Minn., as the Northern State football team fell to Minnesota State 42-14. The loss is the third-straight now for the Wolves.
The Mavericks held NSU to a season-low 61 yards rushing on 23 carries in the game, while rushing for 447 yards of their own and accumulating 607 yards of total offense. MSU came into the game as the number one scoring offense in the league at 41 points per game.
Jared Jacobson had a nice day through the air for the Wolves. Jacobson went 23-for-37 for 207 yards passing and a three-yard touchdown pass to Terrelle Walker in the fourth quarter. Zac Emde came on late in the game in relief of Jacobson and hit Trevor Mau for a 27-yard touchdown pass on his only attempt of the game. The catch for Mau was his first since 2010. Mau saw action for the first time Saturday since his freshman year, as he returned from a serious injury.
Chris Malsam led Northern with 47 yards receiving on four catches. Stephen Erlandson also had four grabs Saturday for 20 yards. Connor Doherty had three catches for 45 yards.
Erlandson also led the Wolves on the ground, rushing for 29 yards on 10 attempts. Walker had 17 yards on the ground on two carries.
Defensively, NSU was led by a trio of players as Logan Dosch, Jayson Geditz and Trever Heining each had seven stops for the Wolves. Ryan Weybrecht recorded six tackles in the loss.
Northern State got out of the gates quickly offensively, driving 55 yards on 11 plays on its first drive, but failed to convert on a 35-yard field goal. On their second possession, the Wolves turned it over in Maverick territory after driving 58 yards and allowed Minnesota State to jump out to a 14-0 lead.
NSU went to the locker room down 14-0 but the Mavericks scored on their first three drives of the second half to pad its margin. Northern's first scoring drive came on a nice, 10-play, 80-yard march in the fourth quarter. The Wolves then capitalized off an MSU fumble with 4:28 to play in the game on its next drive.
Northern will return home next weekend as MSU Moorhead comes to town for Gypsy Days. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. from Swisher Field.