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Forum staff reports, Published September 21 2013

Winona State pulls away for win against MSUM

WINONA, Minn. – A third-quarter touchdown by Minnesota State Moorhead cut its deficit down to three in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football game Saturday against Winona State.

But the Warriors responded with 41 unanswered points, pulling out a 65-21 victory.

“In the end, their size and strength just ended up wearing us out,” MSUM head coach Steve Laqua said. “They’re a mature football team. That’s certainly an established program.”

Jack Nelson threw for 322 yards and four touchdowns for the Warriors (1-2), while Jordan Kos rushed for four touchdowns.

MSUM’s Preston Prince hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Hodge with 13 minutes, 3 seconds left in the third quarter. The extra point put the Dragons (0-3) down 24-21.

But the Warriors scored six consecutive touchdowns to end the game, with Kos picking up three of them rushing.

“Our youth and lack of depth, just kind of in the end showed through there,” Laqua said.

Hodge rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown and added two touchdown passes. Prince finished with a team-high 118 yards receiving.

“We have some guys showing flashes,” Laqua said. “We just have to be able to put those together consistently.

MSUM 7 7 7 0–21

WSU 7 17 20 21–65

MSUM–Jiskra 31 pass from Hodge (Kramer kick)

WSU–Ojika 10 run (Cochran-Bray kick)

MSUM–Hodge 6 run (Kramer kick)

WSU–Kos 4 run (Cochran-Bray kick)

WSU–Johnson 21 pass from Nelson (Cochran-Bray kick)

WSU–Cochran-Bray 25 FG

MSUM–Prince 44 pass from Hodge (Kramer kick)

WSU–May 49 pass from Nelson (Cochran-Bray kick)

WSU–Mikes 33 pass from Nelson (Cochran-Bray kick)

WSU–Kos 2 run (Cochran-Bray kick)

WSU–Mikes 5 pass from Nelson (Cochran-Bray kick)

WSU–Kos 5 run (Cochran-Bray kick)

WSU–Kos 15 run (Cochran-Bray kick)

TEAM STATISTICS MSUM WSU

First downs 15 24

Rushes-yards 42-140 41-292

Passing 214 347

Comp-Att-Int 12-26-1 20-28-0

Punts-Avg. 9-34.3 2-37.0

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2

Penalties-Yards 5-84 7-74

Time of possession 29:01 29:47

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: MSUM, Hodge 17-76, Prince 6-35, Stone 6-14, Kroeten 3-9, Schell 8-5, Toelle 1-1, Jacobson 1-0. WSU, Ojika 16-125, Preston 12-83, Nelson 3-36, Kos 6-35, Mueller 2-15.

PASSING: MSUM, Hodge 12-26-1 214 yards. WSU, Nelson 19-27-0 322, Mikes 1-1-0 25.

RECEIVING: MSUM, Prince 5-118, Jiskra 3-56, Ambrose 3-25, Youngblom 1-15. WSU, May 5-86, Mikes 4-93, Johnson 5-80, Mueller 1-36, Ojika 2-27, Olstad 2-22, Preston 1-3.