AREA COLLEGE UPDATE

Cobbers hope to stay unbeaten

GAME OF THE WEEK

Gustavus Adolphus (3-1, 2-0 MIAC) at Concordia (Moorhead) (3-0, 1-0), 1 p.m., Saturday: Gustavus, which was picked fifth in the MIAC preseason poll, is coming off a 51-7 victory over Hamline. Gusties QB Michael Veldman is second in the MIAC in passing yards and TD passes. The host Cobbers, who had a bye last week, are 3-0 for the fourth time in the past five seasons. The Cobbers, ranked No. 16 in the AFCA Division III poll, have been led by Chad Johnson, the MIAC’s top rusher.

WEEK 5 STORY LINES

• Augsburg quarterback Quinn Frisell leads the MIAC with 16 TD passes. He has thrown five TD passes of 60 yards or more and 13 TD passes have been 22 yards or longer. The average length of his TD passes is just over 38 yards.

• The top two teams in the UMAC preseason poll — St. Scholastica and Northwestern — play at Northwestern on Saturday. Last year, Northwestern defeated St. Scholastica 14-7 in Duluth to end the Saints’ 35-game UMAC winning streak.

• Winona State (4-0) is off to its best start since 2003. The Warriors, who rushed for a season-high 335 yards Saturday in a 47-7 victory over Minot State, are ranked No. 25 in the AFCA Division II poll. The Warriors play host to Upper Iowa (3-1) on Saturday.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Demetrius Carr, QB, MSU Moorhead: The senior from Naperville, Ill., is second in the NSIC in passing yards (1,082) and first in total offense (1,215). He threw for 2,710 yards and 31 TDs last season.

Nick Heenie, WR, Augsburg: The junior from Victoria is second in Division III with 10 TD receptions and third in D-III with 521 receiving yards. Last week, he had 10 receptions for a career-high 178 yards and three TDs in Augsburg’s 48-28 victory over Carleton.

BY THE NUMBERS

5 Consecutive home games that Bemidji State has scored at least 40 points. The Beavers defeated SW Minnesota State 40-22 last week.

15 Consecutive victories in the MCAC by Central Lakes (4-0), which takes on Mesabi Range (3-1) this week.

37:57 Average time of possession for St. Cloud State, which ranked second in Division II going into the Huskies’ game at Minnesota Duluth on Thursday.

JOEL RIPPEL