#24 Mavericks Begin Homestand This Saturday vs. Mustangs – Minnesota State University

MANKATO, MN — #24 Minnesota State enters a two-game home game this Saturday as they take on the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

Our history: The 2022 season marks the school’s 95th football season. The Mavericks are 491-393-28 (.553) in 912 games since their inception as a college sport in 1922. Minnesota State is in its 14th season in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and holds a record of 127-20 (.863) in league action. Over its history, MSU has won 23 conference championships, including 14 NIC titles and seven NSIC championships. The Mavericks made their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2019. MSU holds an overall NCAA playoff record of 14-12.

Take the reins: The 2022 season marks the 13th season with the head coach Todd Hoffner on the sidelines. In his 13 seasons at Minnesota State, Hoffner compiled a 119-29 (.804) record, including six NSIC championships and seven trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Hoffner was named AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year in 2019, marking the third time he has received the award, with the first two instances occurring in the 2014 and 2018 seasons. named AFCA Division II National Coach of the Year as the Mavericks advanced to their second NCAA championship game in five seasons.

Hoffner’s 119 coaching victories at Minnesota State are the most in program history. Hoffner surpassed Dan Runkle’s record of 108 career coaching wins following MSU’s 68-10 win over Minot State on Sept. 25, 2021.

Series vs. Southwest Minnesota State: Saturday’s game between Minnesota State and Southwest Minnesota State marks their 20th meeting, with the Mavericks leading the all-time series 19-0. Last season, MSU beat the Mustangs 52-0 at Marshall.

Last season, second year Hayden Ekern threw for 128 yards and two touchdowns, while senior Nyles Williams caught a touchdown pass. The Maverick defense recorded five interceptions against the Mustangs last season, including those by seniors Somon Anderson and Nicholas Vinson.

Regarding the Mavericks: Minnesota State comes into possession this weekend with a 7-2 record after the Mavericks beat Sioux Falls 38-24 last weekend on the road.

As a team, MSU had 359.7 rushing yards per game this season, including 203.1 passing yards and 156.6 rushing yards, while scoring 31.2 points. The Mavericks are also 7 for 10 on fourth downs.

Junior Shen Butler Lawson leads Maverick’s rushing offense with 534 yards and eight touchdowns.

Second year Hayden Ekern threw for 894 yards and six touchdowns. Senior Nyles Williams leads the Maverick receiving corps with 379 yards and four touchdowns.

The Maverick defense has allowed 23.2 points and 365.4 total offensive yards per game this season, including 237.8 passing yards and 127.6 rushing yards.

Second year Conrad Payton leads the Maverick defense with 50 tackles, while the sophomore Jacob Daulton totaled 42 tackles and two interceptions. Junior Carpenter of Trent collected 39 tackles, while the second Terrell Room had 27 tackles and defended nine passes.

Regarding Mustangs: Southwest Minnesota State enters the weekend with a 4-5 record, including a 34-15 loss to Bemidji State at home last weekend.

As a team, SMSU is averaging 24.8 points and 379.1 total rushing yards per game this season. The Mustangs are averaging 204.5 passing yards and 174.6 rushing yards per game.

Jesse Sherwood leads the SMSU rushing offense with 1,041 yards and seven touchdowns. Donald Austin had 553 yards and a touchdown as well.

John Romero has thrown for 244 yards and two touchdowns this season, while Justus McComb has thrown for 717 yards and four touchdowns. Peter Osman leads the SMSU receiving corps with 308 yards and two touchdowns.

As a unit, the SMSU defense has allowed 24.9 points and 379.1 total rushing yards per game this season. Opponents have averaged 174.6 rushing yards and 204.5 passing yards per game this season against the Mustangs.

Onte Burns leads the SMSU defense with 81 tackles this season, including 5.0 tackles for a loss. Josiah Hedensten had 65 tackles, including five for a loss, while Marquise Ogletree had 34 tackles and defended seven assists.

NCAA Regional Rankings: Minnesota State was ranked fourth in the second edition of the NCAA Super Region 4 rankings this week.

5th trimester: Maverick fans will be able to participate in the 5th quarter following our next two home games.

The fifth quarter after MSU’s game against Southwest Minnesota State will be at Johnny B’s.

Following the Mavericks’ regular season finale against Winona State, the fifth quarter will take place at the Loose Moose.

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