Courtesy of St. Cloud State Athletics
- St. Cloud State redshirt first-year quarterback Phillip Klaphake threw for a season high 335 yards and four touchdowns and senior wide receiver Fred Williams caught 12 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 18 Huskies to a 42-16 NSIC win over MSU Moorhead Saturday afternoon in Moorhead.
St. Cloud State is 9-2 overall, 9-1 in the NSIC and 5-1 in the NSIC North. The Huskies, ranked #5 in the NCAA Division II Super Regional Three await the NCAA football playoff announcement Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. central time. The Division II playoff pairings will be announced on ESPNews and the bracket will be posted at www.ncaa.com. Check the St. Cloud State website at www.stcloudstate.edu/athletics to learn if the Huskies have been selected for the playoffs.
MSU Moorhead finished the season 2-9 overall, 2-8 NSIC, and 1-5 NSIC North.
With his performance Williams set the single season record for receptions with 76 catches .surpassing The old mark of 73 catches in a season was held by Mike McKinney (1997) and Ryan Koch (2005).
Klaphake completed 28 of 36 passes for his third 300 plus yard passing game of the season. His four touchdown passes equals his season and career high and was one touchdown shy of the school record five held by three players. The last quarterback to throw three touchdowns in a game was Dan Kaczor during the 2004 season.
The Huskies gained 482 yards of total offense marking the eighth game this season where the Huskies gained over 400 yards. The Husky defense came up with four interceptions and four quarterback sacks. Sophomore Marvin Matthews (Roseville) and junior safety Tony Kubes (New Prague) had eight tackles each. Kubes notched his second interception of the season as did Jack Moro (Brookfield, Wis.). Rashad West (Woodbury) and Wade Williams (Waupan, Wis.) each had one interception.
St. Cloud State and MSU Moorhead exchanged scoring possessions in the first quarter as both teams scored on their first two possessions. Husky quarterback Phillip Klaphake found wide receiver Fred Williams in the end zone twice in the first quarter on plays of 52 and six yards, and the Dragons scored on a 24-yard Wes Kramer field goal and a 25-yard pass play from QB Kevin Koch to Nick Scharpf, and the Huskies led 14-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Klaphake found Williams for their third touchdown reception of the game, a 27-yard play that put the Huskies up 21-9 at 12:22 of the second quarter. The Huskies would score again before the end of the half when Klaphake hit redshirt first-year tight end Corey Henne (Brookfield, Wis.) on a one-yard play and the Huskies went into half-time with a 28-9 lead.
Junior safety Tony Kubes put six on the scoreboard in the third quarter with a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown at the 7:40 mark and the Husky lead increased to 35-9. The interception was the third of his career and second returned for a touchdown. The Dragons added seven points on a 52-yard punt return by Kendell Henden and the Husky lead was 19, 35-16 at the 4:08 mark. First year running back Mike Walker (Walworth, Wis.) scored on a three-yard run and the Huskies led 42-16 with 2:06 left in the third.