Northern State spoils St. Cloud State's homecoming with 20-17 win

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Northern State University football team put together a comeback victory on Saturday evening, spoiling the St. Cloud State homecoming festivities. Three Wolves recorded touchdowns in the contest, as NSU recorded their first 20-point game of the 2019 season

THE QUICK DETAILS
Final Score: NSU 20, SCSU 17
Records: NSU 2-2 (2-2 North), SCSU 2-2 (2-2 North)
Attendance: 3470

HOW IT HAPPENED
St. Cloud State scored early in the first quarter and held a 7-0 lead heading into the second
Dakota Larson and Hunter Trautman knotted things up just ten seconds into the second on a 76-yard touchdown pass
The Huskies answered back on their following two drives, taking a 17-7 lead with just over eight minutes left in the half
Trautman ended the half on a high note for the Wolves, recording his second rushing touchdown of the season, a 1-yard run to bring NSU within three
The two teams traded drives to open the second half before the Wolves took their first lead on Clayton Grueneich's 1-yard run at 3:08 in the third
The Wolves defense held the Huskies scoreless through the remainder of the third and fourth quarters, sealing Northern's second victory of 2019
NSU tallied 21 first downs, 80 yards rushing, 294 yards passing, and 374 yards of total offense
They converted on 8-of-19 third down and went 2-of-4 in the red-zone
The NSU defense held the Huskies to just 3-of-13 on third down and recorded two sacks for a total loss of 17 yards
Two Wolves recorded 100-yard games offensively, while four notched five or more tackles defensively

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
Hunter Trautman: 24-of-36 with 294 yards passing, 76-yard long, 1 rushing touchdown
Isaiah Cherrier: 34 yards rushing
Clayton Grueneich: 6 yards rushing, 1 touchdown
Dakota Larson: 119 yards receiving, 76-yard long, 1 touchdown, 29 yards rushing
Greg Lux: 91 yards receiving, 37-yard long
AJ Frazier: 6 tackles
Isaiah Nolan: 2 tackles, 1 sack for a loss of 11 yards
Jacob Howard: 2 tackles, 1 sack for a loss of 6 yards
Zach Mohs: 2 tackles, 1 interception with a 38 yard return
Payton Eue: 295 yards punting (36.9 average), 49-yard long, 2 inside the 20, 223 yards on kickoffs (55.8 average)

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
Northern is now 7-15 all-time versus St. Cloud State
The Wolves are now 2-0 on the road in 2019
Clayton Grueneich notched his first career touchdown and Dakota Larson recorded his first of the year

UP NEXT
NSU remains on the road next weekend at Upper Iowa University, opening cross divisional play at 3 p.m. versus the Peacocks. Northern will be back at Swisher Field on October 12 for the Gypsy Days game at 2:30 p.m. versus Minnesota State.