The Minnesota State Mavericks look to improve to 3-0, as they travel on the road to St. Paul.
Minnesota State should find similar success against Concordia-St. Paul like they have in the past, but in sports, there’s always the unexpected. The Mavericks have not lost to the Golden Bears since its 26-28 loss back in 2010. Since then they have an eight-game winning streak and have dominated them in every game.
Since 2011, the Mavericks have won by an average of about 30 points. The last four meetings, the team has scored at least 40 or more points each time, eclipsing 51 points once.
Last season the Mavericks won 46-13, marking the most points the Golden Bears have scored since they put up 34 points in a losing effort in 2011.
The key to winning this game is simple, continue to feed Nate Gunn, Shane Zylstra and play great defense.
This season, Gunn has rushed 51 times and gained 385 yards and five touchdowns. That’s an average of 7.5 yards per carry and is well on his way to another monster season for the purple and gold.
Zylstra recently broke the all-time Mavericks receiving touchdown record and will be looking to reach the endzone for the third straight week. Thus far, he’s gained 186 yards and three touchdowns. He accounts for all receiving touchdowns and exactly half of the Mavericks receiving yards.
The dynamic duo passing attack of JD Ekowa and Ryan Schlichte should continue in week three. This time, the two are looking to bounce back after not having as much success passing the ball last week. Between the two, the Mavericks should have a good game plan of mixing things up and confusing Concordia.
Senior Zach Robertson leads the team in tackles this season with 13. He also accounts for three tackles for loss and two sacks. He’s been a driving force for this successful Mavericks defense.
Junior Cole Schroedermeier has had two interceptions this season, one in each week. He is joined by three other players in interceptions that has brought havoc for opposing quarterbacks.
Minnesota State has had a lot of success recently against the Golden Bears and they will be looking to continue its win streak to nine games.
Header photo by Mansoor Ahmad | MSU Reporter.