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WINONA, Minnesota — The Winona State University football team and head coach Brian Bergstrom returns home for the fourth week of the 2022 football season for a game against Minnesota State-Moorhead on Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m. at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium.
In week three, Winona State lost to her opponent for the first time this season, falling 34-24 on the road at Bemidji State University. The Beavers used a strong second quarter to pull away from the Warriors, but Winona State grabbed two late touchdowns in the second half to gain some momentum at home in Week Four.
The Warriors (2-1 agg | 0-0 NSIC South) meet an MSU Moorhead roster (1-2 agg | 0-0 NSIC North) who lost at home to No. 13 Augustana last week. Winona State has won the teams’ last three meetings and won four of their last five. Warrior dominance in recent years includes a 65-21 win over the Dragons in 2013 and a 42-17 win over MSUM in 2015, the two most recent encounters at Maxwell Field.
For more on Saturday’s competition, read the highlights of the Warriors – Dragons matchup below.
GAME & FAN INFORMATION
- Live stats, live radio and live videos are available at the links above.
- The competition will be held at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium.
- Ticket information is available online at www.WINONASTATEWARRIORS.com
WINONA STATE STORYLINES
- Warrior wideout Cooper Nelson has nine catches for 104 yards and a touchdown to lead WSU receivers.
- Winona State is led in defense by Clay Schueffner with 37 tackles while Warrior teammate Carter Duxbury has 3.5 tackles on loss.
- In secondary, Mitch Snitker has 21 tackles, the leader in that group.
- Against Bemidji State, Brian Corbins Jr. had a pick-six to open the scoring, the first INT return for TD this year for WSU.
- Freshman Kyle Haas got his first career action under Center vs. BSU, going 6-for-10 for 61 yards.
- In his third career start, Warrior quarterback Trevor Paulson went 15 of 27 for 169 yards and TD.
- Paulsen also ran for a touchdown in the second half, his second rushing TD of the year.
- Sam Santiago-Lloyd the team with 46 rushing yards in six attempts at BSU.
- At BSU, Joe Sikma entered the BSU game without a catch and led the team with 80 yards on the day.
- Darryl Williams had the most catches at BSU with five.
- Clay Schueffner currently leads the NSIC with a total of 37 tackles, including 19 solo stops. He’s ranked fifth in the NCAA Division II this season with 12.3 tackles per game.
- Winona State has picked up a high-profile transfer wide receiver in Ricky Smalling, who had a stellar career at the University of Illinois. Smalling joins fellow former Big Ten athletes Noah Carlson (Michigan), Cooper Nelson (Wisconsin) and Dominik London (Minnesota) on the Warrior roster.
- Jaylen Schleicher scored his first touchdown of the season against Bemidji State last Saturday, a 23-yard catch. .
- WSU place kicker Jacob Scott went 1:2 in the third contest in a row. Scott is 3-for-6 on the season with streaks of 22 yards and 26 yards on two occasions. His missed shots were from 32, 24, and 33 yards.
MSU Moorhead STORYLINES
- The Dragons fell to 2-1 at home last week with a 31-7 loss to No. 13 Augustana.
- Against the Vikings, MSUM wide receiver Gage Florence had eight catches for 105 yards for his first 100-yard reception game of his career.
- Dragon QB Tommy Falk has thrown for 582 yards and three touchdowns to lead the passing attack.
- As a team, MSUM averages 247.3 yards per offensive play and allows 412
- Head Coach Steve Laqua is in his 10th season as head coach of MSUM with the school with a 49-65 record.
- WSU was a perfect 3-on-3 in the red zone and also succeeded in their only fourth conversion attempt of the game. Third down was a different story as WSU struggled with a 1-in-14 3rd down conversion rate.
- The Warriors finished fourth in the NSIC South and sixth overall NSIC Football Survey 2022.
- The combined efforts of QB’s Haas and Paulsen earned WSU the most passing yards this season; together they went 21 of 37 for 230 yards.
- Jacob Scott was perfect in his PAT attempts this year.
- WSU averages 54.33 yard penalties per game and averages 28:47 in possession.
- On the season, WSU is 10 of 11 in red-zone goal attempts.
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About Winona State University Athletics:
As an integral part of the institution’s educational mission, the Winona State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to providing our student-athletes with opportunities to experience academic and athletic excellence in two simple words: Graduated masters.
Fourteen Warrior programs compete at the NCAA Division II level within the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Winona State University competes in women’s gymnastics as an affiliate member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).