PLAYOFF DIVISION II
Minnesota State Mankato at Colorado School of Mines, Saturday at 1 p.m.: The Mavericks and the Colorado Mines meet for the first time. … Last week, the Mavericks (10-2) pulled away in the second half for a 26-9 win over Wayne State in Mankato. The teams were tied 3-3 at halftime. … Shen Butler-Lawson, who has rushed for 923 yards and 10 TDs this season, rushed for 113 yards as the Mavericks gained 214 yards on the ground. … Colorado Mines, located in Golden, opened the season with back-to-back losses, both by three points, to No. 5 Grand Valley State and No. 7 Angelo State. The Orediggers have won 10 straight since then, including a 45-24 first-round win over CSU-Pueblo. Michael Zeman has rushed for 1,069 yards and 20 touchdowns, and John Matocha has passed for 3,731 yards and 37 touchdowns for the Orediggers. Matocha, a Harlan Hill Award nominee (DII MVP), has completed 70.7 percent of his passes and thrown just five interceptions.
Bemidji State at Angelo State, Saturday, 1 p.m.: After a memorable win in its first home playoff game in program history, Bemidji State has reached the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season. The Beavers (10-2) overcame frigid temperatures — 9 degrees with strong winds — last Saturday to defeat Winona State 31-7. After a scoreless first half, Brandon Alt threw four TD passes in the second half, each to Brendan Beaulieu, as the Beavers pulled away. Alt, a junior from Cottage Grove, has passed for 3,686 yards and 37 touchdowns this season. … Angelo State (11-0), which had a first-round bye, has DII’s fourth-best scoring defense. The Rams, who reached the quarterfinals of the DII playoffs last season, have allowed just 11.7 points per game and 216.5 yards per game. … Nate Omayebu, a junior, has rushed for 1,065 yards, averaging 5 yards per carry, and Zach Bronkhorst, a senior, has passed for 2,508 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Rams. … Beavers and Rams meet for the first time.
DIVISION III PLAYOFFS
Wartburg in St. John’s, Saturday at noon: Wartburg and St. John’s meet for the first time since 2014, when Wartburg defeated the Johnnies 21-10 in Waverly, Iowa, in the second round of the playoffs. … Wartburg (11-0) defeated No. 7 Wisconsin-La Crosse 14-6 in the first round. … The Knights are third in DIII in scoring defense, allowing just 6.1 points per game. The Knights have a school-record five shutouts this season. … Hunter Clasen has rushed for 1,261 yards and 16 TDs. … The Johnnies (10-1) advanced with a 49-0 win over Northwestern (St. Paul) in Collegeville. The Johnnies built a 35-0 halftime lead en route to their fourth shutout postseason win in program history. … Aaron Syverson completed 19 of 23 passes for 204 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
Bethel at Linfield, Saturday 2pm: Bethel (9-2) topped host Wheaton (Ill.) 34-32 last Saturday to advance. MIAC Offensive Player of the Year Jaran Roste has passed for 2,159 yards and 17 scores and rushed for 388 yards and 4 scores. … Linfield (10-0), located in McMinnville, Ore., defeated Pomona-Pitzer 51-24 at home in the first round. The Wildcats outscored Pomona-Pitzer 24-0 in the fourth quarter. … Sophomore QB Blake Eaton has passed for 2,551 yards and 31 scores for the Wildcats, who are undefeated in the past two regular seasons. … The Royals and Wildcats meet for the first time.