Courtesy of St. Cloud State Athletics
- The #2 University of Minnesota Duluth forced five Husky turnovers and went on to post a 40-17 win over #20 St. Cloud State University in a key Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game in Duluth.
The Bulldogs remain undefeated and won their 28th straight NSIC game. UMD is 9-0 overall and 8-0 in the NSIC. St. Cloud State’s seven game win streak came to an end and the Huskies are 7-2 overall and 7-1 in the NSIC. A key game in the NSIC North, the Bulldogs improved to 5-0 in the North and the Huskies dropped to 3-1 in the division.
The Huskies were intercepted three times and lost two fumbles, including one that was returned for a touchdown in the third quarter. St. Cloud State finished the game with 350 yards of total offense including 212 in the air.
Redshirt first-year quarterback Phillip Klaphake (Princeton) completed 20 of 32 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown, and threw two interceptions. Redshirt first-year running back Chad Peterson (Winona) rushed for 82 yards and senior wide receiver Fred Williams (Milwaukee, Wis.) made eight catches for 93 yards. Defensively, junior corner back Tony Kubes (New Prague) had a team high ten tackles and one quarterback sack.
Minnesota Duluth totaled 373 yards of total offense and rushed for 206 yards. Quarterback Chase Vogler passed for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Brad Foss ran for 107 yards and one touchdown and D.J. Winfield caught four passes for 59 yards and one touchdown.
In a closely contested first half the Bulldogs took the opening drive 80 yards and scored on a 40-yard pass play from quarterback Chase Vogler to wide receiver Collin Stinogel at the 10:27 mark. The Huskies turned the ball over on their first drive with an interception and the Bulldogs David Nadeau kicked a 19-yard field goal to give the home team a 10-0 lead. Three minutes later the Huskies Phillip Klaphake ran the ball in from 37 yards out to close to within three, 10-7 at 5:52 of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs and Huskies exchanged field goals in the second quarter. UMD’s Nadeau hit a 36-yard field goal at the 2:44 mark. On the following series, St. Cloud State managed the clock and moved down the field, setting up a 42-yard field goal attempt for Tyler Aldridge. Aldridge split the uprights with :16 seconds on the clock and the Bulldogs took a 13-10 lead into halftime.
Minnesota Duluth had the statistical advantage in the first half with 205 yards of offense to the Huskies 177 yards. UMD quarterback Chase Vogler completed eight of 14 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown. Stinogel made three catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. Brad Foss rushed ten times for 31 yards. For the Huskies, Klaphake rushed for 37 yards and passed for 91 yards. Fred Williams made five catches for 49 yards and Chad Peterson rushed for 32 yards.
The third quarter belonged to the Bulldogs. After taking a 13-10 lead into halftime, UMD scored 20 third quarter points on a 28-yard pass play, a four-yard Brad Foss run and a Rob Huberty fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. The Bulldogs took a 33-10 lead into the final frame.
St. Cloud State went on an 89-yard drive to open the fourth quarter and scored on a 26-yard pass from Klaphake to junior tight end Nick Angellotti (Wauconda, Ill.) to close to 33-17. The Husky defense forced UMD to punt on their next possession. The Huskies then drove the ball to the UMD nine-yard line but lost a fumble with just under eight minutes left to play. UMD scored with :51 seconds left for the final margin of 40-17.
St. Cloud State hosts Bemidji State on Nov. 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Husky Stadium.