DII football: No. 22 Winona State upsets No. 6 Sioux Falls in statement 31-13 road victory
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – No. 22 Winona State University remained undefeated on Saturday night, toppling No. 6 Sioux Falls University on the road, 31-13.
The Warriors are off to their first 6-0 start since 1998.
Javian Roebuck rushed for a career-high 142 yards and two touchdowns for WSU.
A Carter McCauley field goal gave the Warriors' their first lead of the game at the five-minute mark of the 1st quarter and was the first of 24-unaswered Winona points.
Darren Beenken found Isaiah Frandsen for a pair of touchdowns in the win, once in the second quarter and again in the third. The duo has connected for six touchdowns on the year.
Frandsen hauled in six catches for 81 yards on the day. Beenken threw for 226 yards.
Roebuck has rushed for over 100 yards in each of Winona's last two games, and now has four rushing touchdowns on the season.
No. 22 Winona State knocks off No. 6 Sioux Falls https://t.co/dg56z70aBt— Winona St. Warriors (@WinonaStateATH) October 8, 2017
Sioux Falls finally got on the board in the waning seconds of the third quarter and again found the end zone prior to the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.
The stout Warrior defense limited the Cougars to just 65 rushing yards. USF entered the game averaging over 200 yards per game on the ground.
Andrew Spencer led the defensive unit with 10 tackles, adding one sack and a forced fumble. Mike Imperialerecorded seven tackles and one fumble recovery.
The Warriors remain UNDEFEATED with their 31-13 win over #6 USF! #6-0 pic.twitter.com/mwE8l4UlGC— Winona State FB (@WinonaStateFTBL) October 8, 2017
Adonis Brown, Cole Monckton and Trey Telez each intercepted passes.
Sioux Falls drops to 5-1 after suffering its first loss of the season.
Winona State (6-0, 2-0 NSIC South) will return to the road next Saturday for a divisional game at Concordia University-St. Paul. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 14.