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Minnesota State Mankato vs. Augustana
Saturday, October 3, 2009
The seventh-ranked Minnesota State football squad raced to a 22-0 lead at halftime en route to a 36-6 victory over Augustana Saturday afternoon in front of a season-high 4,863 fans in Blakeslee Stadium.
The win moves Minnesota State to 6-0 on the season. It also marks Minnesota State’s first 6-0 start since 1926 and secured Minnesota State a winning record for the 2009 season. The Mavericks have had 45 winning seasons in program history, however, this win guarantees just the 11th winning season for the program since 1980. The win also marks Minnesota State’s second straight Homecoming victory. The Mavericks are now 43-32-2 in Homecoming games.
These young men did something very special today,” said head coach Todd Hoffner. “We have 24 hours to enjoy this then its back to work. This was a very difficult stretch for us. These guys were not going to be denied today. The Mavericks opened the scoring early in the first quarter when junior quarterback Steve Pachan connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Cameron Sprecher, capping a five-play, 70-yard drive. Redshirt freshman kicker Sam Brockshus hit the extra point giving MSU a 7-0 lead.
Minnesota State continued its scoring in the second quarter as Pachan found senior wideout Vincent Flury for an 18-yard strike. Brockshus’ point after attempt was wide right was wide-right and MSU opened a 13-0 lead. Senior defensive back Jesse Graves hauled in an interception and returned it 30-yards midway through the second quarter, setting up a 31-yard field goal for Brockshus and giving MSU a 16-0 lead with 7:45 remaining in the first half.
Minnesota State struck once again late in the second quarter when they recovered a fumble on a botched punt on the two-yard line. The Mavericks were flagged for illegal batting of the ball, giving them first-and-10 on the Augustana 17 yard-line. Pachan then again found Flury for a touchdown strike, giving MSU a 22-0 lead, late in the first half.
Augustana scored with 1:25 remaining in the third quarter as quarterback Luke Butler found Tyler Schulte for an 18-yard scoring strike. MSU added a 28-yard touchdown reception from Sprecher and a four-yard touchdown run by redshirt-freshman Chris Echols to close out the game’s scoring.
Pachan finished the game completing 12-of-29 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns. Flury caught four passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns and Sprecher caught three passes for 72 yards and two scores. Redshirt-freshman Jake Aberg led MSU on the ground with 16 rushes for 88 yards. Junior defensive back Bryce Kinniry led the Maverick defense with eight tackles in the win. Minnesota State, which gathered in three interceptions on the day, allowed just nine first downs for Augustana and limited the Vikings to just 153 yards of total offense on 58 plays. Minnesota State ran 77 plays for 389 yards.