Courtesy of St. Cloud State Athletics
ST. CLOUD, Minn.
- Behind a dominant first half of play, the #22/#25-ranked St. Cloud State football team was able to cruise to a 35-14 win over Bemidji State in the final regular season home game of 2010 Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies improve to 8-2 overall while going 8-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with the win.
SCSU is also improves to 4-1 in the NSIC North, while the Beavers drop to 6-4 overall, 5-4 in the NSIC, and 3-2 in the NSIC North. It is the first eight-win season for the Huskies since 2005.
St. Cloud State ran 33 offensive plays for 337 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, while holding Bemidji State to just 89 yards of total offensive and one first down in the half.
The defense held the Beavers scoreless for over three quarters of play before the shutout was snapped seven seconds in the fourth.
Freshman running back Damon Treat (Farifield, Cali.) got things going early with a 69-yard touchdown run on his second carry of the game to put the Huskies up 7-0, just three minutes into the game.
Treat finished the game with a game-high 121 yards on 15 carries, while recording the first two-touchdown game of his collegiate career. As a team, the Huskies rushed the ball 42 times for 241 yards in the game.
Freshman Mike Walker (Walworth, Wis.) scored the second touchdown of the game with a one-yard hurdle over the defensive line five plays into the second quarter to make it 14-0 before senior Fred Williams (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored on a perfectly timed 34-yard throw and catch from redshirt freshman Phillip Klaphake (Princeton) to go up three scores.
Klaphake finished the game with 11-rushes for 92 yards , while going 8-for-14 for 154 yards and a score
The Huskies added the final score of the first half with Treat’s second run into the end zone on a four-yard scamper to go up 28-0 into halftime.
Williams also had a two-touchdown day as he jumped on a fumble in the end zone halfway through the third quarter to end the Huskies scoring in the game. He finished his final regular season home game with four catches for 99 yards.
Junior linebacker Mark Martin (Milwaukee, Wis.) had a breakout game for the Husky defense that allowed just 262 total yards in the game. Martin was apart of eight tackles, while forcing a fumble, breaking up a pass and registering a half a sack.
The Beavers scored both scores in the final quarter on passes of 17 and nine yards from Derek Edholm to Justin Lee to break up the shutout late in the game.
The Huskies will be on the road for their final regular season game of the 2010 season at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon against Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, Minn.