Courtesy of St. Cloud State Athletics
ST. PAUL, Minn. â€“ St. Cloud State quarterback Phillip Klaphake threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns and senior wide receiver Fred Williams caught seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a 35-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win over Concordia University, St. Paul Saturday night at Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul.
Klaphake, a redshirt first year player threw for over 300 yards for the second straight week gaining 301 on the night. He finished the game 14 of 21 passing with four touchdowns. After setting a school record in receiving yards last week, Williams tacked on 165 yards and two touchdowns including an 83-yard touchdown play. Sophomore receiver Tyler Allery (Lakeville) had a standout night. He caught three passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns including the first touchdown of the game on a 75-yard reception.
Husky senior Dante Steward (Milwaukee, Wis.) rushed for his second career 100 yard game as he finished the night with 16 carries for 134 yards and one touchdown. Redshirt first year Chad Peterson (Winona) also filled in on the running game with 17 carries for 73 yards.
Defensively, St. Cloud State notched three interceptions and seven sacks. Junior end Joel Godfredsen (Armstrong, Iowa) tallied three sacks and six tackles. Junior cornerback Joe Everson (Lakeville) and junior linebacker Cody Kave (Waukesha, Wis.) each had eight tackles to lead the defense. Kave had two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. Everson had one of the three Husky interceptions as did senior safety Tyler Niedfeldt (Plymouth, Wis.) and redshirt first year Jack Moro (Brookfield, Wis.).
St. Cloud State gained 518 yards of total offense and Concordia, St. Paul finished with 340 yards. The Golden Bears were led by quarterback Spencer Ohm who threw for 216 yards completing 20 of 38 attempts. Charles Gilbert caught six passes for 72 yards and one touchdown and Sam Campbell rushed for 80 yards.
Concordia-St. Paul won the toss and elected to receive the ball. The Golden Bears drove to the Husky 27-yard line where Joe Everson forced a fumble and recovered by Brad Wignes. Three plays later, Phillip Klaphake lofted a pass to Tyler Allery for a 75-yard touchdown reception and the Huskies took the early lead at 10:18 of the first quarter.
Justin MacPherson blocked a Golden Bears punt and Tony Kubes recovered on the CSP 11-yard line. On the next play, the Huskies Dante Steward ran it in for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead at 7:23 of the first quarter.
Concordia-St. Paul was the first to score in the second quarter on a 31-yard pass play from Spencer Ohm to Charles Gilbert over the middle and the Husky lead closed to 14-7 at the 12:20 mark of the quarter. The Golden Bears tacked on a 37-yard field goal by Steven King to close the score to 14-10 with 2:58 left in the half.
On the Huskies next possession Fred Williams caught a screen pass, ran to the outside and scored on an 83-yard pass play with 2:09 left in the half. The Husky defense held the Golden Bears on the next series and St. Cloud State took over with :59 seconds left. On the following series, Klaphake hit Ernest Dorsett on a 17-yard gain, Williams for an 18-yard gain and rushed for 15 yards to set up a first and goal at the Concordia-St. Paul five. On the next play, Klaphake found Williams in the back of the end zone and St. Cloud State took a 28-10 lead into half-time.
Williams caught five passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Klaphake completed ten of 14 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Joel Godfredsen accounted for three quarterback sacks in the first half.
Ernest Dorsett had a 30-yard kick-off return to start the second half for the Huskies. Nine plays later, Klaphake hooked up with Allery on a six yard pass play and a 35-10 lead.
St. Cloud State is 1-1 overall and 1-0 in NSIC action and will play Winona State in the Huskies home opener next Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at Husky Stadium. Concordia-St. Paul is 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the NSIC. This game counts in the overall NSIC standings.