DULUTH, MN -- After one of the biggest wins for the University of Minnesota Duluth football team in the past decade, they're rising in the national polls.
The Bulldogs moved up seven spots in this week's AFCA National Poll to number 13. UMD took down longtime conference rival Minnesota State 30-10 on Saturday.
"As far as a regular-season win, excitement on the field, energy in the stadium, that was certainly towards the top. We also understand it was only one game," said head coach Curt Wiese.
"You know when you have wins like that, you have to be appreciative of the fact that number one, we had a chance to play it, and two, the magnitude of that win was big."
The Bulldogs played in front of a Malosky Stadium record 6,536 fans, which helped to give the defense the spark they needed. UMD is the first NSIC team to hold the Mavericks to 10 points or less since they joined the conference in 2008, and the second overall team to do it since 2010.
"I've been here for six years, and that's the best crowd I've ever seen here by far. And we feed off that, we feed off each other, we feed off the crowd. Yeah, it was a great night," said redshirt senior defensive lineman Dan Monson.
"We've got to get back to work here today, and treat it like any other week, and we can't ride that wave and stay too high."
UMD (2-0) will travel to Winona State (2-0) to take on the Warriors this Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.