No. 3-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato scored nine touchdowns and rolled up 673 yards of offense in a 73-17 win over the University of Mary on Saturday.
The 17 points the Marauders scored are the second-most the 7-0 Mavericks have allowed in a game all season.
Things started badly for U-Mary when Mankato’s Cade Johnson returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game.
The Marauders had a good response, however.
Bryan Lumsden capped off a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run. Brody Riggs’ extra point kick made it 7-7 with 3:11 left in the opening quarter.
It was all Mavericks from there, though. Mankato scored six more touchdowns in the first half to lead 50-7 at the break.
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U-Mary starting quarterback Logan Nelson left the game in the second quarter and did not return. Avery Gould hit Luke Little for a 44-yard touchdown in the third quarter for the Marauders’ other touchdown. Mankato had not allowed more than seven points in any of their previous five games.
Gould completed 12 passes for 135 yards. Scott Tripp was the Marauders’ leading rusher with 15 yards on eight carries.
Riggs booted a 26-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.
Nate Gunn, the Northern Sun’s leading rusher, piled up 118 yards on just seven carries for the Mavericks. Mankato had six different players score touchdowns.
The Marauders (1-6) are back at home on Saturday, hosting Wayne State (2-5) at 2 p.m.