November 2, 2013
MAYVILLE, N.D. – Dakota State's bid for the share of the inaugural North Star Athletic Association football conference regular-season title fell short Saturday afternoon as Mayville State (N.D.) held on to a 20-14 victory at Jerome Berg Field. The Trojans finished their inaugural NSAA Football conference schedule with a 2-2 record.
The Comets (6-3 overall record, 2-1 NSAA) scored its first points of the game to kick off the game. Keith Osgood rushed for a 46-yard touchdown run to give MSU 6-0 lead with twelve minutes and 19 seconds left in the first quarter. Dylan Torgerson's PAT kick was no good. The Comets used five plays for 63 yards in 2:41 in the scoring drive.
Dakota State used 13 plays for 63 yards in 5:26 in the ensuing drive. The Trojans could not convert their fourth-and-eight situation on MSU's 27-yardline with less than seven minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
After the Comets went three-and-out, DSU earned their first lead of the game. Cole Whisenhunt threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ely to tie the game at 6-6. Tanner Hubbard added a PAT kick to give the Trojans a 7-6 lead with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter. DSU used seven plays for 63 yards in 2:24 in the scoring drive.
Mayville State regained their lead in the second quarter. The Comets recorded seven plays for 78 yards in 3:42 as Dom Bradley rushed for a 1-yard touchdown run. MSU had two consecutive plays of 30-plus yards in the scoring drive as the Comets held a 12-7 lead after their 2-point PAT rush attempt was no good with 4:32 remaining before halftime.
The Trojans prevented the Comets from scoring again right before intermission. Mayville State went on to use 12 plays for 58 yards, but Torgerson's 39-yard field goal attempt was missed short. The Comets held on to a 12-7 halftime advantage.
MSU extended their lead to 20-7 with 3:38 left in the third quarter. Osgood threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Smith. The Comets converted their 2-point PAT attempt after Osgood connected to Taylor Kunkel. Mayville State used seven plays for 70 yards in five minutes for the scoring drive.
Dakota State cut MSU's lead to six points in the fourth quarter after Josh Licht blocked Robbie Strand's punt from MSU's 38-yardline and was down on MSU's 32-yardline. Whisenhunt connected to Ely for a 22-yard touchdown pass with 5:57 remaining in the game. Hubbard added a successful PAT kick to trim Comets' lead to 20-14. In the DSU's scoring drive, the Trojans used six plays for 32 yards in 1:39.
After the Trojans' touchdown, DSU did the onside kick and was recovered by MSU on their own 47-yardline. The Comets converted three first-downs, including a third-down conversion and two fourth-down conversions. MSU secured the game after the Trojans were called for a pass interference on fourth down situation near the end of the game.
Whisenhunt was 12-for-30 with 159 passing yards and recorded two touchdowns for the Trojans. He rushed 11 times for 36 yards.
Osgood was 19-for-34 with 273 passing yards and recorded two touchdowns for the Comets. He rushed six times for 46 yards.
Bradley ran 16 times for 55 yards with a touchdown for Mayville State. Jerril Jenkins added 18 rushes for 49 yards.
Jackson had seven catches for 91 yards and a touchdown for MSU. Kunkel added five receptions for 110 yards.
Ben Kullos tallied 12 tackles for the Trojans. Licht added 11 tackles, a blocked punt and recorded 2.5 tackles-for-loss.
Licht averaged 47.8 yards per punt for DSU, including a longest punt of 58 yards in the game.
William Ervin had nine tackles for MSU. Josh Jefferies recorded eight tackles.
The Comets outgained the Trojans 412-280 in total offensive yards. MSU had 139 rushing yards compared to the Trojans' 121 rushing yards. Mayville State recorded 273 passing yards, while DSU had 159 passing yards.
Mayville State had 20 first-downs in the game compared to the Trojans' 14 first-downs.
Dakota State finished their 2013 campaign with an overall record of 2-8 and 2-2 North Star Athletic Association conference record.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director