The football team had an NSIC matchup against the Mustangs of Southwest Minnesota State at Husky Stadium on Saturday. The Huskies played gracious hosts as several special teams miscues proved pivotal in a 21-20 loss to the Mustangs.
SMSU (3-0, 3-0 in the NSIC) got on the board first when Blake Gimbel passed 22 yards to Davion Shelton to put the Mustangs ahead 7-0. The scoring drive was prolonged by a roughing the kicker penalty on the Huskies as SMSU attempted a punt. A blocked punt by SMSU then gave the Mustangs the ball on the Huskies’ (1-2, 1-2 NSIC) 12-yard line. Davonta Stevens’ 3-yard touchdown run upped the lead to 14-0 with less than eight minutes played.
The Huskies got on the board in the second quarter when running back Jaden Huff scored from 1-yard out in the first minute of the second quarter. However, SMSU restored its two-touchdown lead when Gimbel snuck in from the 1-yard line with 3:25 left in the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Huff notched his second 1-yard touchdown of the game to make it 21-14. As it did throughout the second half in holding the Mustangs scoreless, the Huskies forced a punt and when Nate Meyer capped an 80-yard drive with an 8-yard run with 3:25 to play it looked like overtime might be inevitable.
However, the PAT kick was missed just wide right, and the Mustangs retained a 21-20 lead. There was a chance for the Huskies to make a comeback, but SMSU gained 25 yards on a third down play enabling the Mustangs to run the clock out in the 21-20 victory.
This game was part of Celebrate! St. Cloud State Weekend and pre-game festivities included a Fan Fest and barbeque with music by DiamondBack, a beer tent and a variety of activities for family and friends.