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.