Mavericks Head to Centennial State to Take on Orediggers in Second Round of NCAA Tournament – Minnesota State University

MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota State football team continues its season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday as it travels to Golden, Colo., to take on Colorado School of Mines. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (CST). 

Our History: The 2022 season marks the school’s 95th season playing football. The Mavericks are 494-393-28 (.555) in 915 games since their inception as a varsity sport in 1922. Minnesota State is in its 14th season in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and owns a 129-20 (.865) record in league action. Over the course of its history, MSU has claimed 24 conference championships, including 14 NIC titles and eight NSIC championships. The Mavericks are making their 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2022. MSU owns a 15-12 overall record in NCAA postseason play. 

Grabbing the Reins: The 2022 season marks the 13th season with Head Coach Todd Hoffner on the sidelines. During his 13 seasons at Minnesota State, Hoffner has compiled a 122-29 (.807) record, including seven NSIC Championships and eight trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022.

Hoffner was named the AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year in 2019, marking the third time that he has received the award, with the first two instances coming during the 2014 and 2018 seasons. He was later named the AFCA Division II National Coach of the Year as the Mavericks advanced to their second NCAA Championship game in five seasons.

Hoffner’s 122 coaching victories at Minnesota State are the most in program history. Hoffner passed Dan Runkle’s record of 108 career coaching victories after MSU’s 68-10 win over Minot State on Sept. 25, 2021.

Series vs. Colorado School of Mines: Saturday’s game between Minnesota State and Colorado School of Mines will be the first meeting between the Mavericks and the Orediggers

Concerning the Mavericks: Minnesota State enters the weekend the owner of a 10-2 record, including a 26-9 win over Wayne State last weekend in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mavericks have won their last six games and are averaging 37.8 points a game during that stretch.

As a team, MSU has averaged 369.2 yards of offense a game this season, including 200.4 passing yards and 168.8 rushing yards, while scoring 32.6 points. The Mavericks are also 11-for-17 in fourth down attempts. 

Junior Shen Butler-Lawson leads the Maverick rushing attack with 923 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Sophomore Hayden Ekern has thrown for 1,460 yards and 13 touchdowns. Senior Nyles Williams leads the Maverick receiving corps with 642 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Maverick defense has allowed 21.2  points and 350.6 yards of total offense a game this season, including 239.4 passing yards and 111.2 rushing yards.

Sophomore Payton Conrad leads the Maverick defense with 64 tackles, while sophomore Jacob Daulton has tallied 55 tackles and two interceptions. Junior Trent Carpenter has tallied 50 tackles, while senior Alijah McGhee has notched 56 tackles, including 6.0 for a loss.

Concerning the Orediggers: Colorado School of Mines enters the weekend the owner of 10-2 record as it defeated CSU-Pueblo 45-24 at home last weekend. The Orediggers are on a 10-game winning streak and have scored at least 30 points in all 10 of their wins.

As a team, Mines is averaging 47.1 points and 500.3 yards of total offense a game this season. The Orediggers are averaging 331.8 passing yards and 168.4 rushing yards a game.

Michael Zeman leads the Mines rushing attack with 1,069 yards and 20 touchdowns. 

John Matocha has posted 3,731 passing yards and 37 touchdowns this season. Max McLeod leads the Mines receiving corps with 1,129 yards and 14 touchdowns. Josh Johnston has recorded 1,110 receiving yards and eight touchdowns also.

As a unit, the Mines defense has allowed 16.0 points and 282.5 yards of total offense per game this season. Opponents have averaged 82.1 rushing yards and 200.4 passing yards a game this season against the Orediggers.

Mack Minnehan leads the Mines defense with 52 tackles, including 12 for a loss and five sacks. Jaden Williams has tallied 51 tackles and three interceptions, while Jack Peterson has posted a team-leading nine sacks.


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