GAME OF THE WEEK
St. Thomas (5-0, 3-0 MIAC) at Concordia (Moorhead) (3-1, 2-0), 1:10 p.m. Saturday: For the second consecutive season, the teams will meet in Moorhead with first place in the MIAC on the line. St. Thomas, ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III, won last year's meeting 38-14. The Tommies, who have won 15 consecutive games against MIAC opponents and 18 consecutive regular-season games, have won the past eight meetings between the two. The Cobbers have won three in a row since opening the season with a loss to Jamestown. Last week, the Cobbers rushed for 400 yards in a 46-21 victory over Gustavus Adolphus.
WEEK 6 STORY LINES
•Four teams in the NSIC are averaging at least 500 yards per game, and three others are averaging more than 450. Unbeaten Sioux Falls (5-0, 1-0 NSIC South) leads the NSIC and all Division II teams with 568 yards per game in offense. The other three NSIC teams averaging more than 500 yards per game: Southwest Minnesota State (548), Minnesota Duluth (540.6) and Bemidji State (531.4).
•St. John's QB Jackson Erdmann sat out a 42-27 victory over Bethel last week because of concussion symptoms. The Johnnies were also without WR Dan Harrington, who is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a fractured fibula. Sophomore Ben Alvord, making his first college start, completed 15 of 17 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns. As of Thursday, Erdmann's status for Saturday's game at Augsburg hadn't been decided.
•In the 17 seasons from 1997 to 2013, Winona State averaged eight victories per season. But the Warriors were 4-7 in 2014 and 5-6 last season — their first back-to-back losing seasons since 1991 and '92. The Warriors have rebounded this season. Last week, the Warriors defeated Minnesota State Mankato 34-31 to improve to 4-1 overall.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Chad Johnson, RB, Concordia (Moorhead): The junior from Glyndon, Minn., is third in the MIAC in rushing after a career-high 190 yards in the Cobbers' 46-21 victory over Gustavus.
Sam Johnson, LB, Concordia (St. Paul): The senior from Appleton, Wis., in his second season as a starter, is averaging 11 tackles per game to lead the NSIC.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 Number of times in program history that St. Scholastica has had at least 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing in the same game. The Saints had 345 yards rushing and 314 yards passing in a 62-19 victory over Martin Luther last week.
362 Passing yards by Carleton's Ethan Trujillo in a 34-31 victory over Hamline. Trujillo, a senior from Brighton, Colo., was making the first start of his career.
480 School -record rushing yards for Bemidji State in a 52-3 victory over Mary.