Mankato, Advance of the Bemidji State; St. John’s, Bethel win first round of D-III

Tony Anger rushed for his first two touchdowns of the season to help Minnesota State Mankato retire to a 26-9 win over Wayne State (Neb.) in the first round of the Division II playoffs on Saturday.

The Mavericks (10-2), who lost 41-33 to Wayne State in the regular season, meet the Colorado Mines in the second round, who defeated CSU Pueblo 45-24 on Saturday. At halftime, the teams were tied 3-3 before the Mavericks took a 5-3 lead with a safety in the first minute of the third quarter. Anger, a sophomore tight end from Apple Valley, scored in the third quarter with 5-yard rushes and 1-yard rush as the Mavericks went 19-3 into the fourth quarter.

Hayden Ekern’s 9-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter extended the Mavericks’ lead to 25-3. Shen Butler-Lawson rushed for 113 yards for the Mavericks.

Bemidji State 31, Winona State 7: After a scoreless first half, the hosts Beavers opened the game with 24 points in the third quarter to earn the win over the Warriors. Brandon Alt threw four touchdown passes — three in the third quarter — to speed up the Beavers. Brendan Beaulieu, who had five receptions for 138 yards, caught all four TD passes.

The Beavers (10-2) play in the second round against Angelo State, who had a bye in the first round. Division III Playoffs

Bethel 34, Wheaton (Fig.) 32: Bethel stopped a two-point conversion by host Thunder with 3 minutes and 9 seconds to hold the first-round win. Bryce Kunkle rushed for 66 yards and two TDs and David Geebli rushed for 102 yards and a TD for the Royals, who will play next against Linfield, who defeated Pomona-Pitzer 51-24.

49 St. John’s, Northwest (St. Paul) 0: Aaron Syverson rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns to lead the hosts Johnnies to a first-round win. The Johnnies (10-1) play Wartburg (11-0) next week, a 14-6 winner over Wisconsin Lacrosse. FCS

North Dakota State 42, North Dakota 21: Quarterback Cam Miller equaled the program’s single-game record with five rushing touchdowns and host Bison (9-2, 7-1, Missouri Valley) beat the Fighting Hawks (7-4, 5- 3). ) in the harvest bowl. It was the fastest touchdowns in a game by an FCS player this season. Miller had scoring rushes of 4, 7, 3, 5, and 30 yards. Northern Iowa 58, South Dakota 14: Theo Day rushed for 380 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Panthers to victory over the host Coyotes. The touchdown passes of the day all came in the first half as the Panthers took a 49-7 lead.

Note: The 24-team FCS playoff field will be announced Sunday at 11:30 am on ESPNU.