Wayne State Runs to 48-38 NCAA Win Over the Huskies

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St. Cloud, Minn. – Wayne State University sophomore running back Toney Davis rushed for a school record 326 and scored five touchdowns on runs of 2, 36, 15, 47 and 20 yards to lead the Warriors to a 48-38 NCAA Division II football playoff first round win over St. Cloud State University Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium.

Wayne State improved to 9-3 overall and will play at the University of Nebraska-Kearney next Saturday. The Huskies finish the season with a 9-3 record.

Both the Warriors and the Huskies finished the game with over 400 yards each of total offense despite snowy conditions and a 50-minute half time to allow for snow removal from the field. Wayne State finished with 413 yards to the Huskies 407 yards.

St. Cloud State was ranked #12/#14 in the national polls this week and were the #3 seed in Super Region #3. The Huskies were making their second straight NCAA playoff appearance and fourth overall. The game marked the final contest for the 18 senior members of the Husky team.

Wayne State was the #6 seed in the region and were making their first ever NCAA appearance.

“We knew they would be a big physical team on both sides, up and down the o and d-line,” said fourth-year St. Cloud State head coach Scott Underwood. “Today they did a great job of rushing the football. Their running back did a great job today broke quite a few tackles in tough conditions.”

While Davis accounted for the majority of the Wayne State offense Josh Renel contributed with 140 yards in kick-off returns and scored a rushing touchdown. Linebacker Jordan Miller collected a game high ten tackles. Raleigh Ross added nine tackles and a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown.

For the Huskies, sophomore quarterback Phillip Klaphake (Princeton) completed 22 of 37 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns. He was intercepted twice. He was the Huskies leading rusher with 13 carries for 65 yards. Senior tight end Nick Angellotti (Wauconda, Ill.) had a game and career high six receptions.

St. Cloud State senior defensive back Tony Kubes (New Prague) and senior linebacker Cody Kave (Waukesha, Wis.) had nine tackles each. Kubes recovered a fumble and Kave had the only quarterback sack for the Huskies.

The Huskies seemed to have the upper hand early scoring first in the game on a three-yard run by senior running back Dante Steward (Milwaukee, Wis.). Wayne State answered on a two-yard Davis run but missed the extra point. Sophomore Renard Robinson (Bloomington) caught his first of two touchdown passes on a 30-yard play to give the Huskies a 14-6 lead.

St. Cloud State scored early in the second quarter on a two-yard Michael Walker (Walworth, Wis.) run and the Husky lead was 21-6.

Over a span of six and a half minutes, Wayne State scored on a 55-yard Josh Renel run and runs of 36 and 15 yards by Toney and the Huskies found themselves trailing 27-21. Junior Tyler Aldridge (Woodbury) kicked a 23-yard field goal at the end of the half to close the gap to 27-24.

Following the extended intermission, the teams traded possessions to start the third quarter. On the Huskies second possession the Warriors blocked a 38-yard SCSU field goal attempt. On St. Cloud State’s next possession Raleigh Ross collected his first interception of his career and ran it back 78-yards for a score and a 34-24 lead.

The Huskies didn’t give up and with 1:10 left in the third quarter sophomore Phillip Klaphake (Princeton) found Robinson in the end zone to cut the lead to 34-31. With :57 seconds left in the third, Davis scored on a 47-yard run. He would score his final touchdown at the 3:42 mark of the fourth quarter to put the Warriors up 48-38.

St. Cloud State scored on a 74-yard pass play from Klaphake to sophomore Damon Treat (Fairfield, Calif.) with 2:31 left in the game.

Anne Abicht
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