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St. Cloud State Husky Football Holds Off Winona 29-26

09/15/2013 - 6:30 AM

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It was a back-forth battle, but the Huskies were the ones who came out on top with a 29-26 over the Warriors of Winona-State on Saturday. Despite trailing 14-6 at half-time, the Huskies were not ready to roll over. In the 2nd half, Phillip Klaphake would find wide receiver Dan Brown for a 7-yd score and then connected with Taylor Berger for a successful 2-pt conversation tying up the game at 14 a piece. As the 3rd quarter winded down, the Huskies forced a Warrior turnover in Husky territory, and SCSU would eventually pound it in with a Michael Walker touchdown and the Huskies would take a 21-14 lead.

It was Jack Nelson a freshman in his first start of the year for the Warriors at quarterback, and he would then drive Winona-State 90 yards on 11 plays finding the end-zone on a quarterback sneak. The Huskies would block the extra point, keeping their lead in tact, 21-20. Despite SCSU looking to be in cruise control with the ball in their hands for the final 4 minutes, Klaphake would fumble a pitch to Michael Walker and Winona-State would scoop and score for a 33-yd touchdown on the fumble recovery putting the Warriors up 26-20. With 3 minutes left in the game, Klaphake stayed calm and collective marching the Huskies down the field 75 yards finding the end-zone on a 6-yd run and retaking the lead for good 29-26. Klaphake had quite the day completing 20 passes for 320 yards and two scores through the air and now holds the school record with over 10,000 all-purpose yardage. Damon Treat went over 100 yards receiving for the 2nd straight game including an impressive 81-yd touchdown catch.