MINNESOTA DULUTH AT UNIVERSITY OF MARY
National rankings: Neither team is ranked.
Series: UMD leads 12-0, including a 55-0 victory last year at Malosky Stadium in Duluth.
Coaches: Craig Bagnell is 2-18 in his second season at Mary, his alma mater; Curt Wiese is 69-15 in seven seasons at UMD.
Outlook: With Saturday’s temperatures in Bismarck expected to reach the 40s, it should feel downright balmy for the Bulldogs compared to the 20s they dealt with in practice this week, causing players to seek out the sun whenever they could find it among the shadows on the Griggs Field turf. … UMD is coming off a 63-0 home shutout over Minnesota-Crookston as junior Cazz Martin had 179 rushing yards and three touchdowns and sophomore Wade Sullivan had 180 rushing yards and another score. UMD’s defense held the Golden Eagles to 114 yards of offense and just four first downs compared to 31 for the Bulldogs, who were methodical on the ground. Freshman quarterback Keagan Calchera made his collegiate starting debut and was the proverbial game manager, completing 5 of 7 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown, but he will return to a backup roll as junior John Larson is expected to start for the first time since getting injured Oct. 5 at Minnesota State-Mankato. … Mary is coming off a 49-21 loss at Northern State as the host Wolves had 429 yards off offensive, including 250 on the ground. Sophomore quarterback Avery Gould was 17-for-33 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns in his second start for the Marauders, but he was intercepted three times as Mary moved the ball but had trouble capping off drives. Danny Kittner, the NSIC leader in all-purpose yards, had five catches for 63 yards and a touchdown while returning five kicks for 125 yards.
Jon Nowacki, News Tribune