No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato 68, Minnesota-Crookston 26 | Box Score

Mankato, Minn. -- Minnesota State-Mankato scored two touchdowns within the first five minutes and never looked back as it defeated Minnesota-Crookston 68-26 on Saturday night at Blakeslee Stadium in front of 3,407 fans. With the win, the Mavericks improve to 2-0 on the young season.

The 94 total points is the fifth-highest scoring game in MSU history.

As a team the Mavericks had a total of 532 yards on 53 plays for an average of 10 yards per play. Through the air MSU compiled 205 yards to UMC's 185 yards. On the ground, MSU ran for 327 yards while UMC ran for 98 yards.

Sophomore Connor Thomas ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns and senior Jon Wolf threw for 140 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Mavericks offense. Senior Dennis Carter led all receivers with 73 yards and two touchdowns.

The defense was led by junior Sam Thompson who had six tackles while junior Nathan Hancock added five. Junior Eric Clark added an interception that he returned for a touchdown, his first of the season.

No. 3 Northwest Missouri State 28, Central Missouri 24 | Box Score

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State trailed by three points against Central Missouri with 7:09 left in the game but rallied for a 28-24 victory on Saturday night.

Sophomore quarterback Brady Bolles orchestrated an 11-play, 67-yard drive that culminated with a nine-yard touchdown run by Brady Bolles that gave Northwest a four-point lead.

The Mules still had a chance with quarterback Hayden Hawk having already tossed three touchdowns. He had 2:51 left to operate but Brandon Yost put an end to that when he intercepted a pass off a ricochet with a little more than a minute left, preserving Northwest’s victory in front of 7,404 fans at Bearcat Stadium.

With the win, Northwest improved to 2-0 and 1-0 in the MIAA.

Northwest trailed the entire first half and much of the third quarter when redshirt freshman Jacob Vollstedt blocked a punt and Dylan Chadwick scooped it up and raced 25 yards for a touchdown that gave the Bearcats their first lead at 21-17 with 2:05 left in the third quarter.

No. 4 West Texas A&M 28, No. 18 Chadron State 7 | Highlights

ARLINGTON, Texas — Down 24-6 at halftime, No. 4 West Texas A&M roared back by outscoring No. 18 Chadron State 28-7 in the final two quarters for a thrilling 34-31 victory in the first game of the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium on Thursday.

“This goes back to the character of the team and the culture that has been built here,” West Texas A&M interim head coach Mike Nesbitt said. “Things just didn’t go good for us early. These guys have been here a long time as seniors and the transfers we have gotten have come in here and have bought in and that really helped us in the third and fourth quarters. Our guys decided in the second half to push back and try and win it and they did a great job.”

The Buffaloes (2-0) scored the final 18 points of the game in the fourth quarter to mount the thrilling comeback as Sergio Castillo Jr., kicked his career-high fourth field goal of the game with 49 seconds left to break a 31-31 tie.

Following the field goal, the West Texas A&M defense came up with the third interception of the game as defensive back Torian Oakley picked off Chadron State quarterback Jonn McLain with nine seconds left to seal the win.

The Buffaloes pulled even on a 19-yard pass from Dustin Vaughan to Aaron Harris and a 2-point conversion to Jace Jackson for a 31-31 tie with 6:36 remaining.

On the ensuing Chadron State (1-1) possession, linebacker Taylor McCuller came up an interception on fourth-and-4 at the West Texas A&M 34-yard line to set up the winning field goal.

McCuller had a game-high 17 tackles with 10 solo stops. It was his first career interception.

“We just settled down as we had been in this situation before and our senior leaders kept everyone together and not to panic, “McCuller said. “I felt like in the second half they had some doubt and were thinking about last year’s game and we took advantage of that.”

In a game that was a tale of two halves, the Buffs had eight first downs and 168 total yards in the first half, to 16 first downs and 275 total yards for Chadron State. The second half was much different as the Buffs finished with 23 first downs and 462 total yards and Chadron State had nine first downs the rest of the way and 464 total yards.

Vaughan threw another clean game as he was 29 of 41 for 353 yards and one touchdown, while Harris was the key offensively as he had his first 100-yard game on the ground in a Buffalo uniform on 17 carries for 103 yards and two scores. He also had four catches for 21 yards and a score. Torrence Allen and Jackson made huge catches all game — each with eight as Allen had 124 yards and Jackson had 87 yards.

Chadron State (1-1) was led by Glen Clinton, who had 143 yards and a score on 24 carries, but he was held to just nine carries and 16 yards in the second half. Michael Madkins had seven carries for 89 yards. McLain was 28 of 40 with one touchdown and three picks.  Defensively, Lance Haller led the way with 15 tackles and nine solo stops.

No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo 45, Angelo State 24 | Box Score

DALLAS -- Chris Bonner fired a 64-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage, setting the stage for a Pack offensive explosion in Colorado State-Pueblo's 45-24 win against Angelo State at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. CSU-Pueblo used the opening play as a catalyst to mount a 21-0 lead by the second quarter. 

The Pack's second touchdown came following a Brandon Kliesen punt that bounced off an Angelo State defender, setting up a Chris Ashe touchdown to up 14-0. Another score to Stehly Reden in the second quarter put the Pack in charge.

In the second half, Angelo State made a charge, though, cutting the lead to 21-17, headlined by a 78-yard touchdown run by quarterback Kyle Washington.

But the game got broke open by the special teams as Josh Sandoval returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to put the Pack up 28-17. CSU-Pueblo would maintain a double-digit lead throughout.

No. 6 Missouri Western State 63, Missouri S&T 3 | Box Score

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Missouri Western State rolled to a 63-3 victory against the Missouri S&T Miners in its 2013 home opener in Spratt Stadium. The Griffons ran for 331 yards with Tra Brown and Raphael Spencer going for 109 and 107 respectively. The Griffons have beat the Miners eight consecutive times while improving to 2-0 on the season.

Travis Partridge scored on an 11-yard rush up the middle to break the scoreless game with 8:14 to go in the first quarter.

Minutes later, sophomore running back Raphael Spencer ran the ball in from 30-yards out to make the score 14-0. Spencer continued his damage into the second quarter, scoring on 41-yard run on the outside as the Griffons went up 21-0 with 12:36 left in the first half.

Five Griffons scored their first career touchdown, including Brown, Nate Wilson, Jon Green, Daylon Harper and Darrian Bass.

The Griffons finished with 462 yards on 61 plays while the Miners had just 213 on 73. Tolliver led the way receiving for MWSU catching three passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Brody Berrie led the way with nine tackles with five being solo and four being assisted. Jorge Belcher and John Oglesby finished with seven total tackles.

No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth 39, Upper Iowa 17 | Box Score

FAYETTE, Iowa -- Minnesota-Duluth intercepted a pair of passes and returned them both for momentum-changing touchdowns on its way to besting Upper Iowa 39-17 in Fayette, Iowa. The win was the Bulldogs' fifth in five all-time meetings with the Peacocks and moved UMD to 2-0 on the year.

For the second consecutive week, UMD hit pay dirt on the opening series of the game and never trailed the rest of the way. Redshirt freshman quarterback Drew Bauer bolted 52 yards for a touchdown on the third play from scrimmage to put UMD up 7-0 just 86 seconds in. The Bulldogs extended that lead midway through the first quarter when sophomore outside linebacker Nathan Zibolski returned his first collegiate interception 48 yards and into the end zone. 

Junior running back Austin Sikorski, who rushed for two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 32-7 season-opening triumph against Sioux Falls one week ago, added a 15-yard scoring run later in the first quarter before Bauer hooked up with senior tight end Jeremy Rierson from eight yards out for a touchdown. Bauer wound up completing 15 of 23 passes for 128 yards in his second collegiate start.

Upper Iowa cut the deficit to 28-13 on two Lucas Hefty touchdown receptions -- a  nine-yarder 15 seconds before halftime and a 56-yarder on the first series of the second half, but junior nose tackle Buma Foncham all but iced the UMD win with 11:03 to go in the third by hauling in a deflected pass and going 60 yards for a touchdown. That marked just the second time since 1988 the Bulldogs registered two pick sixes in the same game.

UMD, which also recovered a fumble (by Zibolski) in the victory, now has forced six turnovers this season.

No. 8 Indiana (Pa.) 49, Cheyney 0 | Box Score

INDIANA, Pa. -- De'Antwan Williams ran for three touchdowns and Mike Box threw for three more in Indiana (Pa.)'s 49-0 win against Cheyney in the Crimson Hawks' 2013 home opener on Saturday at George P. Miller Stadium.

All three of Williams' touchdowns came in the first quarter as IUP built a 28-0 lead after the 15 minutes of action. The scores came on runs of one, 20 and two yards, with the final one being at time expired in the quarter.

Box threw a touchdown in each of the second, third and fourth quarters to three different receivers. He finished 10-of-15 through the air for 210 yards.

The IUP defense gave up just 189 total yards to the triple-option Cheyney offense, including 115 yards on 51 rushing attempts.

Williams scored his first touchdown on the opening drive of the game, plunging in from one-yard out on a third-and-goal. The run came three plays after he hooked up Box on a 61-yard pass play on a third-and-seven.

Williams' other two scoring runs came after drives of 80 and 50 yards as the Crimson Hawks totaled 234 yards in the opening quarter alone.

Barnes finished with five receptions for 106 yards while Dummermuth had two catches for 24 yards and McVay had two catches for 19 yards.

No. 9 Henderson State 75, McKendree 14 | Box Score

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- It wasn't the best of performances, but No. 9 Henderson State still managed to come away with a 75-14 beating of McKendree on Saturday night at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium in Arkadelphia, Ark.

The Reddies totaled 675 yards of offense while the defense was stellar allowing McKendree just 128 total yards and 10 first downs.

It was a sloppy first-half as Henderson fumbled three times, including twice in the red zone.

The Reddies, 2-0 on the season, scored 27 unanswered points as Kelvin Rodgers connected with Robert Jordan on touchdown passes of 26 and 16 yards.

No. 10 Grand Valley State 31, Truman 15 | Box Score

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Grand Valley State rolled up 565 yards of total offense and held Truman to only 219 yards of total offense en route to a 31-15 victory in front of 10,696 fans at Lubbers Stadium on Saturday night. The Lakers move to 2-0 on the season.

The story of the day for GVSU was big plays, as the Lakers racked up 12 plays of more than 20 yards on the day, including eight pass plays, five of which went to senior wide receiver Brandan Green.

Brandon Green was the highlight of the game, catching six passes for 223 yards (37.2 yards/catch) and a touchdown. The 223 yards is the third most in a single game in GVSU history and the second most in Lubbers Stadium history. His performance helped Isiah Grimes finish with 339 passing yards on 15-of-23 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. The rushing game was led by junior Chris Robinson, who had 129 yards on 16 carries (8.1 yards/carry). Michael Ratay finished with 62 yards and two touchdowns on the ground on 14 carries.

Defensively, junior Jack Sauber led the way with a team-high 10 tackles. Senior Luther Ware had eight tackles, including a sack. Junior Isiah Dunning, in his first game of the year, had six tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss. The Laker defense as a whole had nine quarterback hurries in the game.