DULUTH, Minn. – UMD head football coach Curt Wiese found plenty of positives in the Bulldogs’ week one win over Minot State.
They dominated all three phases of the game, and blew out the Beavers 52-7 at Malosky Stadium. UMD lead almost every major statistic except time of possession. That- however, may have been due to their seven methodical scoring drives that were efficient enough to distort the TOP.
Junior quarterback John Larson finished a strong performance with 279 passing yards and three touchdowns. Two of the scores were to transfer wide receiver Quincy Woods.
“He’s always one of those guys, he gets the ball in his hands and you’re thinking touchdown,” said Larson.
The only major negative takeaway from the game was the most publicized, after Minot State returned an improbable kickoff fumble in the end zone for a 104 yard touchdown.
Multiple national sports outlets, including: ESPN, FOX Sports 1, Barstool Sports, House of Highlights, and others picked up the My9 broadcast highlight for their platforms.
It was even ESPN’s top play on their famous “SportsCenter Top 10” segment.
“You know after the game, for people to come down and say it’s already got 1,000 retweets on Barstool, and it’s going to hit USA Today and ESPN, it’s a wild thing. But yeah after going back and watching it, I think it’s exactly what happened was we had guys who had lost contain because the ball was fumbled into the end zone. Lost contain and ended up giving up a big play, so something we can learn from, and obviously for our program and university to be on ESPN… good, and bad,” said head coach Curt Wiese.
Next up, the Bulldogs hit the road to take on Minnesota State-Moorhead on Saturday.