#1 Minnesota State Handles Wildcats
Posted: 02 November, 2013
MANKATO, MN - #1 Minnesota State held Wayne State to just 176 yards of total offense as the Mavericks rolled to a 45-3 Northern Sun Conference South Division football win over Wayne State College Saturday afternoon at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato, Minnesota.
The host Mavericks improve to 9-0 and 5-0 in the NSIC South while the Wildcats drops to 2-7 and 1-4 in the NSIC South.
MSU scored on their first three possessions of the first quarter while forcing three WSC punts as the Mavericks built a 21-0 first quarter lead. The Wildcats turned the ball over on downs on their next two series while Minnesota State scored again with 10:04 to play in the second quarter taking a 28-0 lead. The Mavericks added a 36-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to take a 31-0 halftime advantage.
The second half started with Minnesota State scoring on the opening possession to take a 38-0 lead. Wayne State then put together their longest drive of the game, moving 53 yards on 16 plays covering 8:12 before settling for a 32 yard field goal by redshirt freshman Tyler Basch to make the score 38-3.
Minnesota State added a final score with 6:48 to play in the game for a final score of 45-3.
The Mavericks gained 456 yards in the game (251 rushing, 205 passing) while Wayne State finished with 176 yards (49 rushing, 127 passing). After gaining 118 yards in the first half, the Wildcats were limited to just 58 yards of offense in the second half by the NSIC’s top-ranked defense from Minnesota State.
Senior running back Charlie Davidson led the Wildcats in rushing with 67 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Zach Osborn was 11 of 25 passing for 123 yards with two interceptions. Senior tight end Grant Otten had three catches for 54 yards followed by Brian Kent with three catches for 22 yards.
Defensively for Wayne State, sophomore defensive back Jon Davis led the Wildcats with eight tackles followed by Trevor Meader with six stops.
Wayne State will be at home next Saturday as the Wildcats entertain Upper Iowa in a 1 p.m. NSIC South Division game at Bob Cunningham Field in Wayne.