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College Football: Ring scores but UMD bowls out of playoffs

MARYVILLE, MO. — Brainerd High School graduate Colby Ring returned an interception for a touchdown as Minnesota-Duluth lost to Northwest Missouri State 45-21 in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs Saturday.

Ring, a senior inside linebacker, scored on a 48-yard pick six in the fourth quarter for the No. 5 Bulldogs, who dug themselves a 31-0 third-quarter hole.

Appearing in the NCAA Division II postseason for a sixth straight year, the Bulldogs finished 11-2.

The game marked the end of the line for Ring and 20 UMD seniors. He finished the season as the Bulldogs’ leading tackler with 30 solos and 36 assists. He had eight tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

“For the seniors, it’s been the best five years of our lives,” Ring said on the UMD website. “Obviously, it would have been nice to go out with a national championship, but I have no regrets.

“I told our younger guys after the game to keep the tradition going here and never take anything for granted.”

St. Cloud State 54,

Minnesota State 48

MANKATO — St. Cloud State quarterback Phillip Klaphake passed for four touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Huskies to a 54-48 win over top-ranked and unbeaten Minnesota State Mankato in the NCAA Division II playoffs Saturday.

The 12th-ranked Huskies improved to 12-1 and will travel to 12-0 Northwest Missouri State University next Saturday in the Super Region Three final.

The game ended in a flurry as Minnesota State gained possession with 54 seconds left and started from its 30. Three pass completions put the Mavericks on the Huskies’ 16. With three seconds left, a fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

Brainerd High School graduate Mitch Weideman starts at right offensive tackle for the Huskies. Fellow BHS grad Aaron Pavek is a defensive lineman for the Huskies.

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