SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Charlie Kern completed 22 of 30 pass attempts for 233 yards and four touchdowns to lead Southwest Minnesota State to a 34-24 victory over Augustana on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The win was the fourth straight for SMSU – the program's longest since 1999 – and also snapped a 15-game losing streak to Augustana dating back to 1991. SMSU ends the regular season with a 7-4 record, 5-2 NSIC South. The seven victories ties for the third most in program history and marks the most wins in the NCAA Division II era. SMSU will await word on Sunday for a possible Mineral Water Bowl berth. The MWB features the highest ranked NSIC team not to qualify for the NCAA playoffs versus a team from the MIAA.
Augustana ends the season 4-7 NSIC, 2-5 NSIC South.
SMSU's Tyler Tonderum – the nation's leading rusher – finished the game with a hard-fought 115 yards on 31 carries. It was his eighth 100-yard rushing game of the season. He finished the regular season with 1,979 yards rushing on 315 attempts.
Britt Wickett finished with a team-high seven receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown, while Anthony Dean caught four passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns.
The Mustang offense, which entered the game ranked fourth in Division II in total offense, was held to a season-low 397 yards on 79 plays with 22 first downs. SMSU entered the game averaging 549.5 yards per game.