Sam Brockshus booted a 20-yard field goal in double overtime to lead No. 10 Minnesota State, Mankato to a come-from-behind 34-31 victory over Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday.
SMSU (2-5 NSIC, 1-2 NSIC South) held a 24-10 lead with seven minutes and 36 seconds left in the game, but MSU rallied with two touchdowns, including the game-tying score with 39 seconds left in regulation.
Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, but in the second overtime SMSU was stopped on downs on the MSU 17-yard line.
MSU (7-0 NSIC, 3-0 NSIC South) then drove down to the SMSU 3-yard, setting up the game-winning field goal. MSU is now 11-0 all-time versus SMSU.
SMSU finished the game racking up 383 yards offense, including 176 on the ground. MSU entered the game with the No. 1 ranked defense in the country, including the third ranked rush defense in the country.
SMSUs Warren Matthews rushed for a game-high 81 yards on 18 carries, while Gannon Moore added 68 yards rushing with one touchdown on 12 attempts.
Mustang quarterback Tyler Peschong completed 16 of 32 pass attempts for 207 yards and three touchdowns.
Cody Condon recorded four receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown, while Anthony Dean caught three passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns to help the Mustang offense.
Jon Wolf led the Mavericks with 239 yards passing and one touchdown, while adding 45 yards rushing and one touchdown. Andy Pfeiffer added 70 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
Following a punt on SMSUs opening possession of the game, MSU moved the ball down to the SMSU 5-yard line on its first drive, but the SMSU defense forced a 22-yard field goal attempt by Sam Brockshus that was missed wide left.
Following another SMSU punt, the Mustang defense ended another MSU drive deep in SMSU territory as Dashawn Miller recorded his first career interception at the 12-yard line.
SMSU was able to take advantage of the turnover and scored the games opening points with a big play late in the opening quarter. Facing third-and-15 from the SMSU 25-yard line, Peschong connected with Anthony Dean on a 75-yard touchdown pass to give SMSU a 7-0 lead with 43 seconds on the clock.
MSU countered with a drive down to the SMSU 4-yard, but on third-and-2, AJ Page sacked Maverick quarterback Jon Wolf for a 15-yard loss, forcing Brockshus to settle for a 36-yard field goal with 9:37 left in the half.
SMSU answered the MSU scoring drive with an impressive 17-play, 65-yard drive, that lasted seven minutes and 36 seconds, capped by a 27-yard field by Lance Schuveiller with 1:54 remaining in the half. The 16-play drive was the longest by SMSU (plays) this season.
The Mustang defense nearly forced a three-and-out on the ensuing MSU drive, but facing third-and-25 from their own 14-yard line, the Mavericks picked up a first down on a defensive pass interference penalty. MSU used the penalty to its advantage and closed the drive with Andy Pfeiffer scoring on a 4-yard run on third-and-goal to tie the game at 10-10 with 10 seconds left in the half.
MSU opened the second half with the ball and moved inside the SMSU 35-yard line, but again the Mustang defense forced MSU to turn the ball over on downs to set up the SMSU offense the 37-yard line.
Using the momentum, SMSU put together another impressive drive, moving 63 yards on eight plays, with Peschong tossing a 3-yard touchdown pass on third-down Dean to give SMSU a 17-10 lead at the 6:08 mark.
SMSU continued to hold a seven-point lead late in the third quarter, but a miscue on a punt attempt set up the Mavericks at the SMSU 25-yard line. But once again, the SMSU defense came up big, with MSU facing first-and-10 from the 11-yard line, the Mavericks Pfeiffer fumbled and SMSUs Blake Pennock came up with the ball to end the scoring threat.
The Mustang offense, facing the top-ranked defense in the country, extended the lead to 24-10, putting together an 86-yard drive with Moore blasting through for a 24-yard touchdown with 7:36 left in regulation.
MSU quickly responded with a four-play, 66-yard drive to cut into the lead as Wolf scored on a 6-yard run to make the score 24-17 with 6:20 remaining.
SMSU picked up a pair of first downs on its next drive, moving the ball to midfield, but was forced to punt with 2:07 on the clock.
MSU took over with 1:59 left in the game at its own 30-yard line and moved 70 yards on six plays with Wolf tying the game on the eight-yard touchdown run.
The Mavericks scored the first points of overtime with Pfeiffer breaking free on the first play for a 25-yard touchdown run.
SMSU then answered with Peschong connecting with Condon for an 8-yard touchdown to tie the game at 31-31 and send the game to double overtime.
Joe Stupka and J.J. Bobrowicz each had 10 tackles for SMSU.
Southwest Minnesota State returns home next weekend to face Upper Iowa (2-5 NSIC, 0-3 NSIC South) with kickoff slated for 5 p.m.
Courtesy: Kelly Loft, SMSU Athletics