The Northern State University football team dropped to 1-2 in the NSIC North Division Saturday after falling to Minnesota Duluth 39-19. The Wolves are now 3-4 overall this season, after two loss in the NSIC North.
The Bulldogs held the lead throughout the game, with the Wolves coming as close as one point early in the first quarter. UMD took a quick 8-0 lead on their first drive of the game, however Christian McAlvain rushed for 40 yards to the goal line, as the scoreboard read 8-7. Duluth followed with three touchdowns to take a 29-7 lead, however Channing Baber recovered a fumble on the Bulldog two-point conversion attempt and ran it back 98 yards.
Each team added a touchdown and a field goal in the second half, however the Wolves were unable to overcome their first half deficit. Nathan Shaw brought the Wolves within 20, hitting a field goal from 28 yards out. Conner Doherty and McAlvain teamed up for the final touchdown of the game, a four yard pass with nine minutes remaining in regulation.
The Wolves tallied 270 yards of total offense, to the Bulldogs 510 in the game. Christian McAlvain tallied 217 yards of total offense including 198 yards passing and 19 yards rushing. The senior quarterback notched the team’s two touchdowns.
Nicholas Truen led the NSU rushers with 44 yards on 14 attempts, while Zech Culbreath was the leading receiver nothing 81 total yards on four receptions. Alex Gray led the NSU defense with a career high 11 tackles, including seven solo and four assisted. Joe Parsley and Josh Coyle followed with seven and six tackles respectively. Channing Barber and Blake Lohr tallied the team’s two interceptions in the game, while Tyson Zemlicka, Tanner Lopez, and Noah Macpherson notched the team’s two sacks.
Channing and Zachery Barber teamed up for 136 yards off kick-off returns. Z. Barber led the team with 94 total yards, including a 50 yard long, while C. Barber notched 42. Joe Parsley tallied the team’s two punt returns in the game as well.
Northern will return to action next weekend from Swisher Field for the 2016 Blackout Cancer game sponsored by the Edith Sanford Breast Center and Northwestern Mutual. The Wolves will kick-off against St. Cloud State and 1 p.m. with activities running throughout the day.