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Andy Rennecke / St. Cloud Times, Published November 16 2013

Huskies roll past MSUM in final game

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A performance like this should be enough to get St. Cloud State into the Division II playoffs.

The No. 13-ranked Huskies ran over Minnesota State Moorhead with a 64-27 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory on a rainy Saturday afternoon in front of 1,200 fans at Husky Stadium.

St. Cloud State improved to 10-1 on the season, which tied a school record for wins in a year (10-3 in 2010).

St. Cloud State piled up a school-record 780 yards of total offense while senior quarterback Phillip Klaphake threw for a school-record 512 yards and five TDs.

The day was special for Klaphake, who celebrated “Senior Day” with 15 other Huskies.

“We’ve done a lot of positive things in the past, but today was something else,” Klaphake said. “It was a special day. Our coaching staff just puts us in great positions to make plays. This feels good. This is a great way to end our careers at Husky Stadium. We went out on a high note.”

Klaphake, a Harlon Hill candidate from Princeton, tied his own school record for TD passes in a game and passed his own record for most passing yards in a game. His old record for passing yards in a game was 466 last year in a win over Minnesota-Duluth.

The Huskies should get into the six-team Super Region 3 field when it is announced around 4 p.m. today. St. Cloud State was seventh in the poll this past week, behind the likes of Pittsburg State and Emporia State from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).

“I have no idea how they pick who gets in the playoffs. I know we put our best forward to try and get in,” Klaphake said. “Hopefully, we get a shot. We feel like we have a team that can make a run.”

The SCSU defense gave up a big play early when the Dragons went up 7-0 on an 80-yard TD pass from quarterback Jake Hodge to Myles Montplaisir, but settled into a groove and gave up 413 yards of total offense.

The win was St. Cloud State head coach Scott Underwood’s 50th in his six-year head coaching career (50-19 career record). He got a Gatorade shower right before the game ended. He doesn’t think his team will be left out of the playoffs today.

“We performed today like we have all year and a 10-1 team should make the playoffs,” Underwood said. “We’re not trying to run up the score or anything like that. Moorhead is a good team. They’re hard to defend. They’re young on defense and we took advantage of that.”

The Dragons finish their season with a record of 4-7.

MSUM 14 0 7 6–27

SCSU 16 14 21 13–64

MSUM–Montplaisir 80 pass from Hodge (Kramer kick)

SCSU–M. Walker 11 run (Mielke kick)

SCSU–Treat 30 pass from Klaphake (Mielke)

SCSU–Safety

MSUM–Schell 1 run (Kramer kick)

SCSU–M. Walker 19 run (Mielke kick)

SCSU–Thayer 42 pass from Klaphake (Mielke kick)

SCSU–Brown 6 pass from Klaphake (Mielke kick)

SCSU–Thayer 23 pass from Klaphake (Mielke kick)

MSUM–Jiskra 16 pass from Hodge (Kramer kick)

SCSU–Brown 10 pass from Klaphake (Mielke kick)

SCSU–M. Walker 2 run (run failed)

MSUM–Jiskra 16 pass from Toelle (kick failed)

SCSU–Walker 9 run (Mielke kick)

TEAM STATISTICS MSUM SCSU

First downs 21 35

Rushes-yards 38-108 42-268

Passing 305 512

Comp-Att-Int 32-22-2 43-30-2

Punts-Avg. 6-38.2 2-30

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0

Penalties-Yards 6-61 13-96

Time of possession 25:53 34:07

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: MSUM, Hodge 8-10, Medhaug 6-1, Schell 13-40, Toelle 5-39, Stone 6-18. SCSU, Klaphake 7-12, Parsons 3-38, K. Walker 4-4, M. Walker 23-173, White 5-41.

PASSING: MSUM, Hodge 15-23-1 253. SCSU, Toelle 7-9-1 52.

RECEIVING: MSUM, Ambrose 4-42, Jiskra 8-100, Medhaug 2-3, Montplaisir 1-80, Youngblom 4-41, Hollenkamp 1-16, Grande 2-23. SCSU, Berger 2-36, Brown 7-91, Henne 1-34, Hentges 2-49, Peterson 4-46, Robinson 1-7, Thayer 3-111, Treat 5-96, K. Walker 1-7, M. Walker 4-35.