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Minnesota Duluth football coaches initially were optimistic quarterback Ben Everhart would be able to play today after suffering a lower-body injury in last week’s 23-14 victory at Minnesota State-Moorhead, but the way this season has gone they should have known better.
Owatonna wide receiver Ty Sullivan caught the football and headed up field late in the first half of the Minnesota Class AAAAA championship game on Nov. 30, 2013, in Minneapolis. Just then, his foot locked into the Metrodome turf and his knee buckled. The last Prep Bowl game ever played at the Metrodome also appeared to be Sullivan’s last as his left knee was shredded in gruesome fashion.
Minnesota Duluth's volleyball match with Concordia-St. Paul ended rather fittingly Saturday as Golden Bears star Brooklyn Lewis took a vicious swing at the ball, only for the Bulldogs to somehow save it. The ball quickly circled to UMD junior outside hitter Makenzie Morgen, who promptly buried it. Morgen had a season-high 19 kills to lead sixth-ranked UMD to a 25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19 victory over second-ranked Concordia before 842 at Romano Gym, snapping the defending national champion's 18-match NSIC winning streak.
National rankings: Neither team is ranked. Series: UMD leads 37-17-4 in a series that dates to 1932, the second year of intercollegiate football at UMD. The Bulldogs have won 15 straight, including 42-34 last year in Duluth. Coaches: Steve Laqua is 26-45 in his seventh season at Moorhead; Curt Wiese is 46-10 in his fifth season at UMD.
The Minnesota Duluth football team’s mantra for a better part of four decades under legendary coach Jim Malosky was three yards and a cloud of dust. While UMD had a couple short-lived passing eras since then, the backbone of the Bulldogs’ NCAA Division II championships in 2008 and 2010 was running the football. Prior to last weekend, UMD wasn’t even averaging those three yards while kicking up dust.
Minnesota Duluth quarterback Ben Everhart was visibly shaking on Thursday night, after it rained earlier and the temperature at Malosky Stadium dipped into the 50s. It was the only time he appeared cold or nervous all night.
The Minnesota Duluth football team had just downed Wayne State on Saturday in dramatic fashion, but coach Curt Wiese said the mood was subdued on the eight-hour bus ride back home. The Bulldogs were beat by the heat and the two overtimes it took to escape Wayne, Neb., with a 34-31 NSIC victory, keyed by linebacker Gus Wedig's blocked field goal and Dan Branger's game-winning kick. "They were excited after the game, but honestly, exhausted," Wiese said. "It was a quiet ride home."
National rankings: Neither team is ranked. Series: UMD has a 25-24 lead in a series that dates to 1933, the third year of intercollegiate football at UMD. The Bulldogs are 11-2 in the last 13 meetings after rallying for a 48-34 victory in the 2016 regular-season finale in St. Cloud. Coaches: Scott Underwood is 72-37 in his 10th season at St. Cloud; Curt Wiese is 45-10 in his fifth season at UMD.
MINNEAPOLIS — As 90-degree temperatures descended on the North Star State over the past week, allergies soared as people mowed yards in late September. What was going on here? How could this be? Our world was turned upside down. It was the end of tater tot hot dish as we knew it. Pandemonium began to set in as the first signs of epidemic began trickling out of Minnesota Vikings' headquarters on Sept. 16, when the team signed somebody named Kyle Sloter, a quarterback, off the 53-man practice squad.
Minnesota Duluth star receiver Nate Ricci was visibly hurting in the Bulldogs' 38-23 home loss to Minnesota State-Mankato last week, but UMD fans had no idea how bad it would get. Ricci, a senior captain from Stillwater, Minn., missed the last couple plays, but other than that, he finished the game. Even so, he has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an upper-body injury. Before you say "no way," put yourself in coach Curt Wiese's shoes. "You're telling me," Wiese said.