GAME OF THE WEEK
Winona State (1-0) at St. Cloud State (1-0), 6 p.m. Saturday: Both teams are coming off victories in their season openers. Winona State defeated Bemidji State 30-20 behind QB Darren Beenken. The senior, making his first collegiate start, passed for 308 yards and two TDs. St. Cloud State rallied from a 26-17 halftime deficit for a 41-26 victory at Southwest Minnesota State.
WEEK 2 STORY LINES
• Concordia (Moorhead), which is in its 100th season of intercollegiate football, and Wisconsin-Whitewater, in its 124th season, will play for the first time on Saturday in Moorhead. The Cobbers opened the season with a 34-14 victory at Nebraska Wesleyan. Wisconsin-Whitewater, ranked No. 3 in the Division III preseason Top 25, was stunned by Illinois Wesleyan 17-10. The Warhawks have reached the Division III quarterfinals 11 times in the past 12 years.
• Minnesota Duluth, which had its 22-game home streak ended in a season-opening, 26-7 loss to Sioux Falls, will try to avoid starting a season with back-to-back losses for the first time since 1999 when it plays at Upper Iowa on Saturday.
• Three of the 12 head coaches in the MCAC are black — Korey Fry (Fergus Falls), Sterry Etheridge (Vermilion) and Weldon Braxton (Itasca). Among the 128 Division I FBS teams, 13 are coached by black men.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Quinn Frisell, QB, Augsburg: The junior from Plymouth, a transfer from Itasca C.C., completed 32 of 49 passes for 333 yards and four TDs while directing the Auggies to a 42-7 victory over Northwestern (St. Paul) in his Auggies debut.
Mitchell Maday, DL, Hamline: The junior from Alexandria, Minn., had two sacks in the Pipers' 51-0 season-opening victory over Crown. He had 10.5 sacks last season while earning first-team All-MIAC honors.
BY THE NUMBERS
8 Consecutive games that MSU Mankato has rushed for more than 200 yards. The Mavericks rushed for 273 in their season-opening 35-7 victory at Mary.
20 Tackles (11 solo) by SW Minnesota State LB Alex Ney in the Mustangs' 41-26 loss to St. Cloud State — the most tackles in a game by a Mustangs player since the 1997 season.
26 Career touchdown receptions (a school record) for Bethel senior Bryce Marquardt. He caught two TD passes in the Royals' season-opening, 32-26 loss to Dubuque.