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NSIC football roundup: Michigan Tech takes down defending NSIC champ Winona State

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The first week of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football is in the books.

Winners in conference play were Saturday were Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota-Duluth.

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The NSIC was swept in non conference games on Saturday, headlined by Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference member Michigan Tech's 26-21 victory over defending NSIC champion Winona State.

The NSIC was 2-6 in non-conference play in the first week with Bemidji State and Northern State the only winners.

Bemidji State defeated Minot State 27-24 Thursday.

In Saturday's game in Houghton, Winona State held a 14-13 advantage at halftime but allowed back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter.

Winona State scored with 1:26 left in the game on a quarterback keeper play, but were unable to recover the onside kick and Tech ran out the clock to end the game.

Huskies quarterback Steve Short shredded the Warrior defense. He completed 24-of-28 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns.

Tech avenged last year's 27-24 overtime loss to Winona with the win.

Minn.Duluth 40, Concordia-SP 0

In St. Paul, the nationally ranked Bulldogs had little trouble dispatching the Golden Bears.

No. 22 Minnesota-Duluth, the favorite to win the NSIC overall championship, limited Concordia-St. Paul to 10 first downs and 112 yards of total offense. Concordia rushed 28 times for negative 15 yards in the loss.

Bulldogs quarterback Ted Schlafke was 14-for-20 passing with 200 yards and one touchdown. Receiver D.J. Winfield caught seven passes for 137 yards and one touchdown.

Issaic Odim, Brad Foss and Winfield also led the Bulldog's rushing attack, which finished with 231 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.

Valley City St. 30 MSU, Moorhead 29

In Valley City, N.D., Moorhead was unable to hold a 29-23 lead with six minutes left in the game.

Valley City State converted a fourth down conversion on its game-winning touchdown drive, which was capped-off by a Jason Beilke to Chauncey Calhoun touchdown pass with 2:12 remaining.

The Dragons threatened in the final seconds, but a 39-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

SMSU 54, M-Crookston 14

In Marshall, Southwest Minnesota State University cruised over Minnesota-Crookston in the first game played at the new Regional Event Center.

The Mustangs led the Golden Eagles 44-0 at halftime.

Quarterback Josh Shudlick passed to nine different receivers in the game. He finished 22-of-33 passing for 233 yards, four touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

Southwest forced Crookston into six turnovers (four fumbles lost and two interceptions). The Mustangs also blocked two punts.

Wayne State 28, Neb.-Kearney 12

In Kearney, Neb., Wayne State quarterback Silas Fluellen keyed the Wildcats season opening victory over intrastate rival Nebraska Kearney.

He kicked off a string of 21 straight points with a 50-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and followed with a 47-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Running back Travis Rhone's 13-yard touchdown run put the Wildcats up 21-6 with 2:32 to play in the third quarter.

The Wildcats finished the game with 302 yards rushing.

Y estromgren@bemidjipioneer.com

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