Winona State, ranked No. 11 in the AFCA, scored 33 points in a row to rally for a 42-19 NSIC victory over visiting Wayne State on Saturday.

Wayne State led 13-9 after the first quarter but didn't score again until the final minute of the game.

The Warriors (8-0, 4-0 NSIC South) took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 17-0 to open a 26-13 halftime lead. The Warriors eventually built a 42-13 lead.

Eric Birth rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns for the Warriors. Birth's first touchdown — a 4-yard run in the second quarter — extended the Warriors' lead to 22-16. Birth scored on a 54-yard late in the third quarter to put the Warriors ahead 38-13.

Winona State — off to its best start since 1998, when it was 9-0 — and MSU Mankato (8-0, 4-0 NSIC South) will play in Mankato next Saturday.

The Mavericks defeated SW Minnesota State 54-7 on Thursday.

Bemidji State 44, Northern State 17: Andrew Lackowski rushed for 184 yards and a TD to help the Beavers pull away in Aberdeen, S.D. Northern State scored early in the fourth quarter to pull within 30-17. Lackowski's 70-yard TD run with 4:29 remaining put the game out of reach. Jordan Hein passed for 197 yards and three TDs for the Beavers (6-2, 4-0 NSIC North).

Minn.-Duluth 37, Minot State 0: John Larson passed for 193 yards and two TDs and rushed for 97 yards and a TD to lead the host Bulldogs past the Beavers.

MSU Moorhead 49, Minn.-Crookston 7: Jakup Sinani, in his first start of the season, passed for 378 yards and three TDs as the Dragons cruised past the host Golden Eagles.

Sioux Falls 27, Concordia (St. Paul) 9: Ian Feiber threw two TD passes to lead the Cougars, ranked No. 15, past the host Golden Bears. Jonas Schenderlein kicked three field goals — including a 58-yarder — for the Golden Bears. The 58-yarder tied for the second-longest in program history.

Upper Iowa 21, Augustana 20: Brent Lammers passed for a TD and ran for a TD to lift the Peacocks to the victory in Sioux Falls, S.D. Lammers' 40-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter tied the score 20-20.

St. Cloud State 33, Mary 7: Curtwan Evans rushed for 128 yards and a TD and Gregory Lewis rushed for 121 yards and two TDs to lead the Huskies (6-2, 3-1 NSIC North) past the Marauders in Bismarck, N.D.


St. Scholastica 49, Crown 21: Zach Edwards passed for 235 yards and four TDs and Jeff LeMay rushed for 122 yards and two TDs to lead the Saints (7-1, 7-0 UMAC) past host Crown.


Macalester 47, Ripon 31: Christian Adams passed for 291 yards and four TDs to lead the host Scots (5-2, 3-0 MWC) past the Redhawks.

Staff reports