Nick Pieruccini passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 125 yards to help Minnesota State Mankato outlast Augustana 34-28 in an NSIC football game Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D.
It was the 30th consecutive regular-season victory for the Mavericks (8-0, 4-0 NSIC South), who are ranked No. 1 in the d2football.com and AFCA Division II polls.
The Mavericks scored 27 unanswered points to take a 34-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Vikings (4-4, 1-3) pulled within 34-28 with 1 minute, 43 seconds to go, but the Mavericks recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Minnesota Duluth 38, Bemidji State 10: Drew Bauer threw for three TDs and ran for two to pace the No. 2 Bulldogs (8-0, 4-0 NSIC North).
Sioux Falls 41, Winona State 28: Luke Papilon ran for two touchdowns and passed for two TDs as the No. 14 Cougars (8-0, 4-0 NSIC South) defeated the host Warriors (4-4, 1-3).
Concordia (St. Paul) 37, Upper Iowa 34 (OT): Tom Obarski kicked a 56-yard field goal in the fourth quarter that tied the score, then booted a 42-yarder in the overtime to lift the host Golden Bears (2-6, 1-3 NSIC South) to victory.
Mary 52, Minnesota State Moorhead 45: The host Marauders led by 27 early in the third quarter, but needed Zach Roberson’s 45-yard TD pass to Elby Pope with 4:26 remaining to pull out a victory in Bismarck, N.D. The Dragons (1-7, 0-4) had scored 28 unanswered points to take a 45-44 lead.
Northern State 45, St. Cloud State 23: Jared Jacobson passed for 295 yards and four touchdowns as the Wolves (5-3, 3-1 NSIC North) topped the Huskies (3-5, 2-2) in Aberdeen, S.D.
Wayne State 48, SW Minnesota State 45 (OT): Ryan Ludlow’s 10-yard TD run in overtime lifted the Wildcats (5-3, 3-1 NSIC South) to victory.
St. Scholastica 59, Eureka 0: Tyler Harper threw three touchdown passes for the host Saints (8-0, 7-0 UMAC).
Crown 17, MacMurray 14: Matt Michaud rushed for 145 yards and two TDs to help the visiting Storm (2-6, 2-5 UMAC) rally.
Macalester 33, Lawrence 0: Samson Bialostok’s two touchdown passes led the host Scots (6-1) to their fifth consecutive victory.