Minnesota Crookston falls to 1-5 with the loss.
MARSHALL, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston football team fell 55-6 to Southwest Minnesota State University Sat., Oct. 6 at Mattke Field at Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall, Minn. The Mustangs utilized six turnovers by Minnesota Crookston to help propel them to the win.
The Golden Eagles started out strong early on, but turnovers and missed opportunities hampered Minnesota Crookston and helped feed the early momentum for the Mustangs. Southwest Minnesota State utilized the early momentum to their advantage to ignite the win.
Minnesota Crookston falls to 1-5 with the loss, while Southwest Minnesota State improved to 3-3 with Saturday’s win.
The Golden Eagles finished with 327 yards of offense with 206 through the air and 121 on the ground. The Mustangs finished with 548 yards of offense with 292 on the pass and 256 on the run. Minnesota Crookston’s performance was highlighted by freshman stand-out Andy Groebner (Fr., WR, Andover, Minn.), who had five catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Trevor Long, Jr. (R-Jr., DB, Brooklyn Park, Minn.) paced Minnesota Crookston with 10 tackles.
UMC drove down to the Southwest Minnesota State 38 on the first drive propelled by an 18-yard run by Kevin Evans (Sr., RB, Groveland, Fla.) and a 16-yard pass completion from Jalin Scott (Jr., QB, Houston, Texas) to Groebner. However, the drive would stop there as the Mustangs halted the drive on fourth down.
The Minnesota Crookston defense came up big with a four-and-out on the first drive, looking to get the ball back quickly. However, Jonattan Mudd (Jr., WR, Gardena, Calif.) would muff the punt, allowing Dakota Jaeschke to recover the ball at the Golden Eagle 3. Max Simmons would go in for the one-yard touchdown rush to put the Mustangs ahead 7-0.
UMC looked to respond on the ensuing drive. Minnesota Crookston would move the ball 79 yards down to the Southwest Minnesota State 1. The Golden Eagles were led by a 24-yard pass from Scott to Groebner. In addition, a 15-yard reverse pass from Groebner to Scott down to the one-yard line. However, Southwest Minnesota State would push the Golden Eagles back to the eight-yard line and force a field goal attempt. The 24-yard attempt for Jared McLemore (Fr., K, Lucas, Texas) was blocked by Shaylar Burnell as Minnesota Crookston came up empty.
The Mustangs responded after the stop as they marched the field, going into the end zone on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Blake Gimbel to Daniel Davis to extend the lead to 14-0.
After back-to-back defensive stops for both teams, Southwest Minnesota State got the ball back quickly on a Tristan Robbins (Fr., QB/WR, Muskegon, Mich.) fumble recovered by Jon Dicke at the Minnesota Crookston 32.
Southwest Minnesota State converted the turnover into points as Gimbel connected with Davis for the 32-yard strike to move the advantage to 21-0.
The Golden Eagles gave the ball back as a Jeremy Neuman (R-So., QB, Andover, Minn.) pass was intercepted by Cory Hollowell and returned to the Minnesota Crookston 49.
Gimbel found Davis for their third connection of the day, this time from 19 yards out, as Southwest Minnesota State extended their lead to 28-0.
Minnesota Crookston responded in a big spot as Neuman took the Golden Eagles down the field. Neuman connected on the 20-yard touchdown strike with Groebner. The touchdown was set up by a 20-yard pass from Neuman to Jacob Zwieg (R-Fr., WR, New Brighton, Minn.). A two-point conversion failed for the Golden Eagles as the Mustangs led 28-6.
The Mustangs added a 28-yard field goal for Skyler Crew at the end of the half to move the lead to 31-6.
UMC had 184 yards of offense in the first half paced by Groebner, who had five catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. Neuman led the Golden Eagles, going 5-of-9 for 65 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Mustangs had 239 yards of offense, guided by Gimbel, who was 16-of-21 for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Davis was his top target with five catches for 104 yards and three touchdowns.
Southwest Minnesota State opened the second half with a 30-yard strike from Gimbel to Davis for their fourth touchdown hook-up of the day as the lead moved to 38-6 for the Mustangs.
UMC looked to respond as Kevin Evans took the ball on the hand-off for a 41-yard carry, the longest rush of the season for the Golden Eagles. However, on the next play Evans would fumble for the fourth turnover of the game to give the ball back to the Mustangs.
Southwest Minnesota State marched down the field and looked to have a touchdown pass, but back-to-back ineligible man downfield penalties thwarted the touchdown drive. The Golden Eagles would ultimately hold the Mustangs to a 26-yard field goal from Crew to move the lead to 41-6.
After a defensive stop to open the fourth quarter, Neuman was picked off as Lucas Fisher ran the ball back for a 37-yard interception return to extend the lead to 48-6.
Minnesota Crookston drove down the field on the next drive propelled by a 25-yard pass from Neuman to Rod Stewart (Sr., WR, Fort Worth, Texas). Southwest Minnesota State stopped the Golden Eagles on the nine-yard line where McLemore came on for his second field goal attempt. The try would be blocked by Job Dallien as the score remained at 48-6.
The Mustangs were set up for another score as Paul Johnson intercepted a Robbins pass. Codie Meinen went in for the 52-yard touchdown run to move the lead to 55-6 and that would be the final tally.
UMC returns home on Sat., Oct. 13 as they face Winona State University at 1 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field.