GAME OF THE WEEK

Wartburg at Bethel, 1 p.m. Saturday: Wartburg should be an honorary MIAC member with a 5-0 record vs. the conference since the start of the 2014 season. The Iowa school defeated St. Thomas and St. John’s in last season’s NCAA playoffs and eked out a 35-27 victory over Augsburg in last week’s season opener. Wartburg is ranked No. 6 nationally and Bethel No. 19 by D3football.com.

 

WEEK 2 STORYLINES

• The MIAC went 8-1 the first weekend in nonconference play, and the loss was one of the most impressive showings. Augsburg had a third-quarter lead at No. 6 Wartburg before losing. The Auggies had three sacks and an interception.

• Minnesota State Moorhead has not had a winning season since 2006, but the Dragons have won four straight, including a 42-17 season-opening victory last week at Winona State in which QB Jack Hodge threw five TD passes. MSU Moorhead tries to keep its winning streak intact Saturday at Concordia (St. Paul).

• UMD lost a tough season opener at Minnesota State Mankato but returns home this weekend against Wayne State. The Bulldogs are 44-3 at home since 2008, including 11 consecutive victories.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Andrew Dzurik, QB, Bethel: The senior, replacing former MIAC MVP Erik Peterson, completed 21 of 27 passes for 270 yards and four TDs in a victory over Wisconsin-Stout. Peterson threw a pair of third-quarter interceptions but in the final quarter completed six of seven passes for 136 yards and three TDs.

Keyshawn Davis, DB, St. Cloud State: The sophomore led the Huskies with 51 solo tackles last season and picked up where he left off with five solo tackles in a 28-10 victory over Concordia (St. Paul). Davis is multitalented, having won the NSIC long jump title last spring.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

683 Total yards by Gustavus in last week’s 56-13 victory over Crown College.

309 Career tackles by Concordia (St. Paul) linebacker Jordan Halvorson, 33 away from the school record.

209 Receiving yards by St. Thomas tight end Charlie Dowdle in last week’s 62-7 victory over Wisconsin-Eau Claire.