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Bulldogs make quick work of Wayne State

The Minnesota Duluth football team put last week's stinging loss behind them in a hurry, scoring 29 points in the first quarter en route to a 64-21 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory over Wayne State on Saturday before 2,418 spectato...

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Minnesota Duluth wide receiver Zach Zweifel (88) celebrates after catching a second quarter touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Bauer during Saturday's game at Wayne State in Wayne, Neb. Photo courtesy of Bob Barry, Wayne State Sports Information

The Minnesota Duluth football team put last week's stinging loss behind them in a hurry, scoring 29 points in the first quarter en route to a 64-21 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory over Wayne State on Saturday before 2,418 spectators at Bob Cunningham Field in Wayne, Neb.

Wayne State had some success through the air during its homecoming game but simply couldn't keep pace with the 13th-ranked Bulldogs, who amassed a season-high 483 yards. UMD had seven rushing touchdowns and 316 yards on the ground.

UMD sophomore running back Logan Lauters led the attack with 11 carries for 103 yards and three touchdowns as he became the first Bulldog to top 100 rushing yards this season. Freshman quarterback Drew Bauer was 12-for-21 for 129 yards and a touchdown in a little over two quarters of work, and he added 51 rushing yards and another score. Eight players had carries for the Bulldogs (3-1) and five of them scored touchdowns.

The Bulldogs' defense, meanwhile, forced three turnovers, converting them into 21 points, and had three quarterback sacks. Wayne State turned the ball over on its first two series.

Senior linebacker Colby Ring's 28-yard interception reception -- the Bulldogs' third such score this season -- gave UMD a 15-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest before Wayne State (1-3) came back on the arm of Zach Osborn.

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The freshman quarterback connected from 65 yards out with Adam Stark and 36 yards with Tonev Abraham to pull the Wildcats within a point at 15-14 at 6:36 in the first quarter, but that is as close as they would get as Lauters scored on a 64-yard touchdown run just 15 seconds later and the rout was on.

Osborn finished 8-for-20 for 206 yards and three touchdowns, but the Wildcats were one-dimensional as the Bulldogs held them to 52 rushing yards on 34 carries. It was Wayne State's first homecoming loss in nine years.

Senior end Chris Vandervest continued his strong play with five tackles, including two for a loss, to lead the UMD defense. Freshman cornerback Darion Fletcher and sophomore linebacker Brent Stiglich added five tackles apiece. The Bulldogs had given up fewer points and rushing yards than any other NSIC team going into Saturday.

The Bulldogs' victory sets up a key conference clash with St. Cloud State next week during homecoming at Malosky Stadium. The Huskies are ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II.

UMD has little room for error after falling 21-17 at home against second-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato last week. Teams with two losses often don't make the playoffs. The Bulldogs managed just seven points over the final three quarters of that contest but had no problems putting points on the board on Saturday.

Minnesota Duluth 29-14-14-7--64

Wayne State (Neb.) 14-7-0-0--21

First Quarter

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UMD -- Logan Lauters 13 run (Andrew Brees kick), 13:11

UMD -- Colby Ring 28 interception (Eric Kline rush), 12:20

WSC -- Adam Stark 65 pass from Zach Osborn (Tyler Basch kick), 10:47

WSC -- Tonev Abraham 36 pass from Osborn (Basch kick), 6:36

UMD -- Lauters 64 run (Brees kick), 6:21

UMD -- Austin Sikorski 3 run (Brees kick), 1:31

Second Quarter

UMD -- Lauters 3 run (Brees kick), 10:07

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WSC -- Tonev Abraham 58 pass from Osborn (Basch kick), 8:26

UMD -- Zach Zweifel 38 pass from Drew Bauer (Brees kick), 1:20

Third Quarter

UMD -- Bauer 29 run (Brees kick), 13:12

UMD -- Jeron Johnson 3 run (Brees kick), 0:42

Fourth Quarter

UMD -- Kline 9 run (Brees kick), 8:04

A -- 2,418

UMD WSC

First downs 27 13

Rushes-yards 52-316 34-52

Passing 167 206

Comp-Att-Int 15-26-1 8-20-1

Kick returns-yards 4-44 7-129

Punts-yards 3-80 8-289

Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-2

Penalties-yards 5-49 6-67

Time of possession 35:06 24:43

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- UMD, Lauters 11-103, Sikorski 14-67, Bauer 9-51, Kline 3-39, Johnson 7-36, Chaz Thomas 3-22, Steve Ierulli 2-6, Brent Jorgensen 1-(-6), Team 2-2; WSC, Rashad Trimble 20-34, Charlie Davidson 7-23, Zach Osborn 7-(-5).

PASSING -- UMD, Bauer 12-21-0-129, Kline 2-4-1-29, Jorgensen 1-1-0-9; WSC, Osborn 8-20-1-206.

RECEIVING -- UMD, Aaron Roth 6-49, Zweifel 2-46, Johnson 1-14, Jeremy Reierson 1-13, Beau Bofferding 1-12, Joe Reichert 1-10, Chaz Thomas 1-9, Pat Alexander 1-8, Taylor Grant 1-6. WSC, Abraham 4-109, Stark 3-87, Chad Koch 1-10.

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