Connor Doherty caught six passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns, all career-highs, to help lead Northern State to a 28-0 victory Saturday afternoon over Minnesota, Crookston. The win is the Wolves' second shutout of the season and improves their mark to 4-6 overall.
The Northern defense was outstanding all day as NSU shutdown the Golden Eagles, holding Crookston to just 105 yards of total offense in the win. UMC averaged just 2.1 yards per play, rushed for 67 yards on 26 carries (2.57 per carry) and had just a 33 percent completion percentage and 38 yards passing.
The Wolves also forced three UMC turnovers and also had three sacks in the shutout. Northern was led defensively by Paul Woodward's seven tackles and an interception. Michael Alberts added six stops and a half a sack in the win. Jalon Bibbs and Ryan Weybrecht also each had a sack. Weybrecht also had Northern's other pick in the contest.
After failing to score on its first possession of the game, Northern scored on its next three possessions to take control of the game.
Doherty got Northern on the board first with a 10-yard TD reception from Jared Jacobson with 3:17 to go in the opening quarter. The Wolves then went 73 yards on 10 plays, capped-off by a one-yard sneak by Jacobson to put the Wolves up 14-0.
Doherty's second touchdown of the game came with 6:50 to go before the half as he scored on a 13-yard strike from Jacobson to put Northern up 21-0 at the half. Cam Pudwill scored from three yards out late in the third quarter to push the margin to 28.
Jacobson had a solid day through the air for NSU, especially considering there were wind gusts up to 35 MPH in Crookston Saturday. Jacobson finished with 254 yards on 16-of-29 passing in the win.
Terrelle Walker led the Northern ground game Saturday as he finished the day with 46 yards on 12 carries including a long of 17. John Hughes had 28 yards on nine totes while Stephen Erlandson chipped in with 21 on the ground.
Cody Kraft also gave NSU a big game from the other tight end position. Kraft caught a career-high three passes for 69 yards which was also a career-best. Chris Malsam had two catches for 33 yards as well for the Wolves.
Northern will close out the season next weekend as the Wolves host No. 5 Minnesota Duluth on Senior Day from Swisher Field.