Tom Mix, Published October 27 2012
Minot State tops MSUM in NSIC footballMOORHEAD – One year and 12 days is the amount of time that had elapsed since Minot State’s last victory on the road.
The Beavers ended their road drought with a 31-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football victory over Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday at Alex Nemzek Stadium.
The win also marked Minot State’s first-ever road win as a member of the NSIC.
“Winning one and coming home on a bus is going to feel good,” Minot State head coach Paul Rudolph said.
Minot State’s last road win was a 38-7 decision over South Dakota School of Mines on Oct. 15, 2011 in Rapid City, S.D.
Both teams struggled with turnovers on Saturday. MSUM (1-8) lost two fumbles and had two passes intercepted. Minot State lost the ball twice on four fumbles and also had one pass intercepted.
The Beavers (3-6) jumped out to an early 10-0 lead, scoring their first points of the game on an Aaron LaDeaux 23-yard field goal. That score was set up by an interception by Beavers linebacker Chad Marshall who picked off a pass by MSUM freshman quarterback Jake Hodge on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
Glyn Borel scored on a 23-yard run on the Beavers second drive of the game.
“I think our poor start was difficult for us to overcome,” MSUM head coach Steve Laqua said. “They took advantage of that and were able to put points on the board. We didn’t capitalize on their turnovers and answer back. That was the difference.
“Both teams made mistakes, but one team capitalized on the miscues and the other did not.”
MSUM’s Wes Kramer connected for a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Minot State answered with a 17-play drive that ended without a score after LaDeaux had a 22-yard field goal blocked.
The second half opened with the Beavers executing an 8-play, 52-yard scoring drive capped off by a 1-yard touchdown rush by Zac Cunha.
“Getting points right away helps,” Rudolph said. “We controlled the football. We mixed and matched well that first drive of the second half.”
MSUM would answer with an eight-play scoring drive of its own. This time the Dragons scored on a 14-yard touchdown run by Brandon Schell.
“I certainly thought getting the offense in some kind of a rhythm was encouraging in the second half,” Laqua said. “We just were not able to sustain that. We were too inconsistent in our execution.”
Freshman running back Randel Barber scored the Beavers’ final two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 17 yards. Barber finished with 93 yards on 15 carries.
After MSUM’s third-quarter touchdown, its final four drives ended on two punts, a lost fumble and an interception.
Hodge was 15 of 22 passing for 132 yards and Schell rushed for 49 yards on eight carries to lead MSUM.
Minot 10 0 14 7–31
MSUM 0 3 7 0–10
M–LaDeaux 23 field goal, 12:11
M–Borel 23 run (LaDeaux kick), 8:55
MSUM–Kramer 36 field goal, 10:44
M–Cunha 1 run (LaDeaux), 10:56
MSUM–Schell 14 run (Kramer kick), 6:49
M–Barber 1 run (LaDeaux kick), 3:55
M–Barber 17 run (LaDeaux kick), 3:20
First downs 18 16
Rushes-yards 46-204 38-125
Passing 149 149
Comp-Att-Int 13-18-1 16-23-2
Punts-Avg. 2-39.5 4-32.5
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 2-2
Penalties-Yards 8-60 8-73
Time of Possession 31:53 28:07
RUSHING: M, Barber 15-93, Eggl 21-85, Borel 3-16, Cunah 3-7. MSUM, Schell 8-49, Hodge 15-44, Montplaisir 8-27, Mehaug 4-7.
PASSING: M, Cunha 13-18-1–149. MSUM, Hodge 15-22-2–132, Montplaisir 1-1-0–17.
RECEIVING: M, Borel 4-59, Mason 3-34, Sturm 3-24, Eggl 2-6. MSUM, Shelly 5-30, Marlowe 4-45, Jiskra 3-45, Montplaisir 2-19.
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