Minnesota State nearer to perfect season

Published 8:08 am Friday, November 9, 2012

MANKATO — The sixth-ranked Minnesota State football team (10-0, 10-0 NSIC), concludes the regular season portion of its schedule Saturday afternoon as it entertains Upper Iowa at 1 p.m. Last weekend, Minnesota State earned a 27-13 victory at home over then No. 17-ranked Sioux Falls.

A win would give MSU its first-ever NSIC regular season title. A win would clinch the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference overall and NSIC South Division titles for MSU.

It would also mark the 393rd win in program history and the 43rd win for the Mavericks since becoming members of the NSIC in 2008.

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A win would push the Maverick home winning streak and its overall winning streak to 12 games.

The Minnesota State football team is ranked first in the third NCAA Division II Super Region 3 poll, released Monday afternoon.

The Mavericks are one of four teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference ranked in the top 10 in the region. The top six teams from each of the four “Super Regions” following the final week of the regular season advance to the NCAA Division II football tournament.

Minnesota State junior quarterback Jon Wolf is inching closer to the career 1,000-yard barrier. Wolf, who enters Saturday’s game with 977 career rushing yards, would reach the milestone if he ran for his average of 49.4 yards per game. Should he reach the 1,000-yard mark he will join sophomore running back Andy Pfeiffer as the only active Mavericks with over 1,000 yards rushing.  Pfeiffer enters the week with 1,760 yards.

Perfect Ten: Minnesota State enters the weekend one of six NCAA schools (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III) to have a 10-0 record on the season.  Ohio State is 10-0 in FBS play and in Division II, the Mavericks join Winston-Salem, Ashland, Colorado St. Pueblo and Shippensburg as the only 10-0 schools in the nation.