DULUTH, Minn. - Two offensive plays for two yards and two touchdowns, two minutes into the game.
That's how No. 9 Minnesota Duluth's romp - and Minot State's nightmare - began Saturday at James S. Malosky Stadium. Three MSU miscues spotted Duluth 17 quick points and the Bulldogs cruised to a 52-0 victory.
Duluth (6-1 overall, 3-0 NSIC North) gained just nine offensive yards in taking a 17-0 lead.
Minot State University senior defensive back Kewon Tapp tries to corrall Duluth quarterback Drew Bauer on Saturday at James S. Malosky Stadium. Photo courtesy of Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune.
On MSU's opening drive, the Bulldogs recovered a fumble and returned it 11 yards to the MSU 1. Bulldogs junior running back Austin Sikorski plunged in on the next play to make it 7-0 just 16 seconds into the game.
After MSU's next possession, Duluth's David Boegel blocked a punt and the Bulldogs recovered on the 1. Sikorski scored on the next play to make it 14-0 less than two minutes in.
The Beavers (1-6, 0-3) fumbled on the first play of their next drive. The Bulldogs' drive stalled, but Andrew Brees booted a 35-yard field goal.
MSU fumbled the ball seven times, with five resulting in turnovers.
Duluth gained 200 yards rushing - 121 below its average - but didn't need the yardage with MSU's gaffes giving the Bulldogs prime field position.
MSU sophomore quarterback Zac Cunha was sacked seven times, contributing to the Beavers' total of minus-35 rushing yards.
Cunha had some success through the air, completing 17 of 29 attempts for 173 yards and no interceptions. Sophomore wideout Porter Sturm led the Beavers with 63 receiving yards on four catches, and junior Leon LaDeaux caught five balls for 56 yards.
Duluth led 31-0 at halftime and added three more touchdowns in the second half.
The Beavers travel to Minnesota Crookston (2-5, 2-1) on Saturday.
- Daily News Staff