Northern State scored 14 points in the opening quarter and 18 more in the second en route to a 49-21 Northern Sun win over the University of Mary on Saturday in Aberdeen.
The Marauders got a defensive score in the first quarter, and two touchdown passes from quarterback Avery Gould, but NSU averaged 6.6 yards per carry on the ground and QB Hunter Trautman accounted for four touchdowns. NSU came into the game averaging 16.8 points per game, fewest in the NSIC.
The first of two Trautman rushing TDs put the Wolves up 7-0 on the opening series of the game.
After a quick 3-and-out by the U-Mary offense, its defense made a play.
Richard Bendish jarred the ball free on a pass completion near midfield. Linebacker Paul Guptill scooped it and scored it, going 55 yards to paydirt. Brody Riggs' PAT leveled the game at 7-all.
The Wolves answered, however. Isaiah Cherrier capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive with a 15-yard score.
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Trautman's 13-yard scoring strike to Dakota Larson made it 21-7 early in the second quarter. Larson caught 10 passes for 101 yards.
Trautman, who threw for 179 and ran for 88, made it 28-7 with a 10-yard TD run.
The first of Gould's two TD tosses made it 28-14, hooking up from 20 yards out with Danny Kittner late in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, Gould and Luke Little connected for a 13-yard TD connection, pulling the Marauders within 31-21 with 9:51 still to play in the third
Northern State (5-4) scored the final 17 points of the game, including Isaac Olson's 49-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Gould was intercepted three times in the game.
The Marauders (1-8) finish the season with home games against Duluth on Saturday and Crookston (Nov. 16). Both games kick at 2 p.m.