Courtesy of St. Cloud State Athletics
ST. CLOUD, Minn.
-The No. 23 nationally ranked St. Cloud State football team caused seven University of Minnesota, Crookston turnovers in a one-sided 49-6 victory at Husky Stadium Saturday afternoon in the 83rd Homecoming game in school history.
Senior captain defensive back Tyler Niedfeldt (Plymouth) helped the Huskies (7-1, 7-0 NSIC, 3-0 NSIC North) defensively with a career-high four interceptions for 55 yards and a touchdown in the game.
Niedfeldt was one interception short of tying former Husky Bill Trewick who had five in a game against Bemidji State back in 1970.
The Golden Eagles (1-7, 0-7 NSIC) got on the board first with a turnover of their own, but failed to connect on the extra point and did not get things going the rest of the day offensively.
For St. Cloud State Freshman Phillip Klaphake (Princeton) broke his own career rushing high in back to back weeks, as he rushed for 136 yards on 10 carries after a 134 yard, 12 carry day last weekend.
Three of the rushes were for touchdowns and all of his stats were produced in the first half.
Klaphake was not the only person getting things done on the ground as the offense set a season high with 323 yards of rushing offense on 46 carries.
Freshman Damon Treat (Fairfield, Cali.) rushed five times for 77 yards and a score, while fellow freshman Mike Walker (Walworth, Wis.) made his career debut with 10 rushes for 64 yards and a score.
Senior Fred Williams (Milwaukee, Wis.) had another successful day catching the ball for SCSU, making five grabs for 73 yards and a score with the team throwing only 19 passes in the game
The Husky offense combined for 459 yards in the game, while the defense allowed just 51 yards on the ground and 97 through the air, as the Golden Eagles punted seven times in the game.
Senior captain Josh Popanda (Twin Lakes, Wis.) had himself another solid day at the nose guard position with five tackles, one sack, three tackles for a loss, and a fumble recovery.
Sophomore Marvin Matthews (Roseville) also had five tackles in the game to go with a break up and the Huskies’ fifth interception of the day.
The Huskies will now move on to play Minnesota Duluth on the road at 1 p.m. next Saturday. If the Bulldogs beat Northern State today, the game will have conference championship implications.