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College football: Minnesota Duluth at University of Mary

What: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football game When: 2:30 p.m. today Where: Bismarck (N.D.) Community Bowl (7,000, artificial turf) Video: www.northernsun.tv Radio: KQDS-AM 1490 (105.5 and 106.7 FM on the Iron Range) Records: UMD 3-1...

What: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football game

When: 2:30 p.m. today

Where: Bismarck (N.D.) Community Bowl (7,000, artificial turf)

Video: www.northernsun.tv

Radio: KQDS-AM 1490 (105.5 and 106.7 FM on the Iron Range)

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Records: UMD 3-1 overall, 3-0 NSIC; Mary 2-2, 2-1

Series: This is the third meeting between the teams and UMD's first game at Mary. The Bulldogs hold a 2-0 advantage, including a 44-7 victory last season at Malosky Stadium.

Coaches: Myron Schulz is 81-31 in 11 seasons at Mary, including the past four as a NCAA institution after leaving the NAIA ranks. Bob Nielson is 56-20 in seven seasons at UMD.

Outlook: The Bulldogs are coming off a 42-21 victory over then-No. 25 Augustana College as junior running back Isaac Odim rushed

24 times for 126 yards and four touchdowns to help UMD win its 13th straight NSIC game. Freshman quarterback Chase Vogler completed 11 of 18 passes for 217 yards and another score, while Robbie Aurich (eight tackles), Derrick Zappa (two sacks) and Brandon Wood (interception) led the defense. ... Mary won 37-14 at Minnesota-Crookston last week as Terry Newsome got the Marauders off to a great start by returning the opening kickoff 98 yards for a score. Mary held Crookston to 41 first-half yards in building a 23-0 lead. Quarterback Henry Lau threw TD passes to four receivers, and Jamal Lomax ran for 158 yards.

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Jon Nowacki joined the News Tribune in August 1998 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Stephen, Minnesota, in the northwest corner of the state, where he was actively involved in school and sports and was a proud member of the Tigers’ 1992 state championship nine-man football team.

After graduating in 1993, Nowacki majored in print journalism at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, serving as editor of the college paper, “The Aquin,” and graduating with honors in December 1997. He worked with the Associated Press during the “tobacco trial” of 1998, leading to the industry’s historic $206 billion settlement, before moving to Duluth.

Nowacki started as a prep reporter for the News Tribune before moving onto the college ranks, with an emphasis on Minnesota Duluth football, including coverage of the Bulldogs’ NCAA Division II championships in 2008 and 2010.

Nowacki continues to focus on college sports while filling in as a backup on preps, especially at tournament time. He covers the Duluth Huskies baseball team and auto racing in the summer. When time allows, he also writes an offbeat and lighthearted food column entitled “The Taco Stand,” a reference to the “Taco Jon” nickname given to him by his older brother when he was a teenager that stuck with him through college. He has a teenage daughter, Emma.

Nowacki can be reached at jnowacki@duluthnews.com or (218) 380-7027. Follow him on Twitter @TacoJon1.
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