Minn. Duluth beats CSU-Pueblo 24-21 in playoffs

Brian Lucas scored on a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the

fourth quarter, and Minnesota-Duluth rallied past previously

unbeaten CSU-Pueblo 24-21 on Saturday in a second-round NCAA

Division II playoff game.

The Bulldogs (11-2), the defending Division II champions,

advanced to the quarterfinal round, where they will play Wayne

State, a 38-26 winner over Nebraska-Kearney earlier Saturday. The

loss snapped the top-ranked Thunderwolves’ (11-1) 15-game winning

streak dating to last season.

Trailing by four early in the fourth, Minnesota-Duluth missed

two chances to regain the lead before finally breaking through.

Chase Vogler had a pass picked off in the end zone by Stephan

Dickens, and a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown by Aaron Roth

was negated by a clipping penalty.

But the Bulldogs stayed with it, putting together a drive that

included a 31-yard run by Vogler. Lucas covered the final yards on

three straight runs.