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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

2010 Homecoming Football

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/homecoming/archive/2010/football/

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Opponent: St. Cloud State University
Time: 1pm
Blakeslee Stadium
L 17 - 31

The St. Cloud State Huskies scored 24 unanswered points en route to a 31-17 victory over Minnesota State in front of a season-high 5,347 fans in Blakeslee Stadium on the campus of Minnesota State University.

With the win, St. Could State retains the Traveling Training Kit, the trophy presented to the winner of the game each season.

“We need to keep getting better and need to continue to improve,” said head coach Todd Hoffner.  “We have played two of the best teams in the league the last two weeks.  We put six balls on the ground today and to do that against one of the best teams in the league, it’s tough to win.  We need to put this loss behind us and gear up for Upper Iowa next weekend.

The Mavericks wasted no time to start the game as they punched it into the end zone on their very first drive. Sophomore running back Chris Echols scored on a three yard run; capping off an 11-play scoring drive. Sophomore kicker Sam Brockshus was good on the extra point try to put Minnesota State up by a score of 7-0.

It didn’t take long for the Huskies to answer back as they went right down the field on the next drive to even things at seven. Receiver Fred Williams hauled in an 11 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Phillip Klaphake and kicker Tyler Aldridge added the PAT to knot the game.

Minnesota State kept the back-and-forth scoring alive, as it needed only one play to regain the lead over the Huskies. Sophomore quarterback Will Brogan hit sophomore receiver Dennis Carter on a 80-yard touchdown strike to put the Mavericks back on top by a score of 13-7. The point after by Brockshus gave Minnesota State a 14-7 advantage.

The Huskies would enter the redzone once again but were held to three points as Aldridge connected on a 20-yard field goal to cut the MSU lead to 14-10 with 2:22 remaining in the first quarter.

St. Cloud State scored the first points of the second quarter with 8:54 to go in the half. Klaphake tossed a 26-yard pass to Corey Henne – his first career reception. The extra point by Aldridge made it 17-14 SCSU.

The Huskies then forced MSU to punt and on the ensuing drive marched 95-yard for the score.  The nine-play drive culminated when Williams hauled in a swing pass from Klaphake that he took 40 yards before leaping into the end zone. Another successful point after by Aldridge gave the Huskies a 24-14 halftime lead.

SCSU scored the only touchdown in the third quarter when running back Chad Peterson punched in a two-yard rush.  The Huskies started the drive on the MSU two yard-line following a 30-yard interception return by defensive lineman Joe Winday. The point after by Aldridge extended the lead to 31-14 with 9:10 remaining in the third quarter.  

A 12-play drive led to three points for the Mavericks as Brockshus booted a 26-yard field goal through the uprights early in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring for the game.

Brogan led the Mavericks through the air going 21-of-29 for 336 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.  Brogan’s 336 yards marked MSU’s first 300-yard passing effort since Ben King threw for 429 yards at Western Washington.

On the ground Minnesota State was led by junior Taylor Brookins and Echols. Brookins rushed for 50 yards on eight attempts and Echols ran for 50 yards on 16 attempts and a touchdown. Carter had seven catches for 162 yards including a touchdown. Carter’s 162 yards was MSU’s first 100-yard receiving game since Vincent Flury caught four passes for 109 yards against Augustana last October.  Sophomore Adam Thielen also had seven receptions for 93 yards. 

Defensively for the Mavericks they were led by senior Matt McQuiston who tallied 11 tackles, Dan Fehlberg who recorded nine tackles, and Troy Jones who had six tackles and also an interception.   The 11 stops by McQuiston marked his fifth straight game with 10 or more tackles and moved him with in eight tackles of 300 for his career.

Minnesota State (3-3, 2-3 NSIC) hosts Upper Iowa next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Blakeslee Stadium.