UMD rallies to top Winona State, remain undefeated
WINONA, Minn. -- Minnesota Duluth might not have its best football team. The jury is still out on that. But the Bulldogs certainly don't have a group of quitters. Tonight was further evidence of that. No. 4 UMD trailed most of the game but found ...
WINONA, Minn. - Minnesota Duluth might not have its best football team.
The jury is still out on that.
But the Bulldogs certainly don’t have a group of quitters. Tonight was further evidence of that.
No. 4 UMD trailed most of the game but found a way to pull out another Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory, rallying to beat No. 20 Winona State 28-21 before 4,575 at Warrior Stadium.
Sophomore quarterback Drew Bauer connected with freshman Nate Ricci from 15 yards out to give UMD its first lead of the game with 7:22 to play. That’s how it would stay as the Bulldogs’ defense forced the Warriors to turn the ball over on downs with 3:49 to play. UMD then ran the clock out, with senior Austin Sikorski breaking a 29-yarder to all but seal the team's fourth victory in four games this season. Sikorski got up pumping his fists, knowing that about finished it.
Sikorski and backfield mate Logan Lauters were a 1-2 combination, helping the Bulldogs rush for nearly 300 yards.
The second half was an entertaining seesaw affair, just about the opposite of the first two quarters.
The first half was a defensive struggle that found the Bulldogs trailing 7-3 despite outgaining the Warriors 213 to 61.
The key play occurred when UMD punter Shawn Magee moved to his right, possibly to attempt a rugby-style kick. Instead, he was met by a hoard of purple jerseys. Winona State (3-1) took over at the UMD 32 and scored on its first play, with quarterback Jack Nelson finding Josh Mikes in stride for a touchdown reception.
UMD managed an Andrew Brees field goal in the first half but that was it as Bauer was intercepted once and the Brees had a 42-yard field goal attempt bounce off the right upright.