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Despite an angered mother nature, Winona State University’s football team delivered a 33-7 victory over the University of Minnesota Crookston.
Early in the game, a rainstorm interrupted a Golden Eagle drive. The play ended with a bobbled snap on a punt that rolled into the end zone for a Warrior safety and a 2-0 lead, which would be the only scoring play in the first quarter.
Head coach Tom Sawyer said, “The weather was a huge factor. It was as bad as I have ever been in. The defense did play well as they only had a couple plays on our side of the field in the second half.”
Crookston strung together their first scoring drive halfway through the second quarter as quarterback Ben Buchholz connected with Jacob Pinder for a 13-yard touchdown to give the Golden Eagles a 7-2 lead. This score would hold for the majority of the second quarter until Theo Burkett found the back of the endzone for the third time in as many games with a 20-yard touchdown rush to give the Warriors a 9-7 lead.
Winona State’s defense was rewarded later in the quarter with their second safety of the game to increase the Warrior lead to 11-7 with 31 seconds left in the first half.
The Warriors gave themselves some space right before the half as Jack Nelson connected with Tyler Swinford for a 25-yard score — his first as a Warrior — to give Winona State a 18-7 advantage heading into the locker room.
After both teams went scoreless in the third quarter, running back Paul Preston broke his streak of coming up short of the end zone with a three-yard rushing touchdown at the beginning of the fourth. Jordan Kos then tacked on a two-point conversion to give the Warriors a 26-7 lead.
“It was tough to have any offense, but Theo and Paul ran the ball very well on a greasy field,” Sawyer said.
A few minutes later, Winona State added an insurance score when defensive back Ryan Cain intercepted a Buchholz pass and ran it 30 yards to the end zone to provide the final score of 33-7.
Cain said, “As a defense we just continue to push each other to create opportunities to help the team win. We play the game with a chip on our shoulder and strive to be the best we can. The coaches put us in great position, and it’s our job to execute. Today we executed well.”
After using the air attack the first two games of the season, the Warriors used the ground game against Crookston, racking up 288 rushing yards against the last-ranked Golden Eagle defense. Crookston was limited to 55 yards against the Warrior defense.
Winona State piled up 447 yards of total offense while Crookston recorded 184 yards.
Burkett carried the ball 17 times for 135 yards and a touchdown, while Preston recorded 65 yards and a score. Direll Clark added 40 yards on five carries to pace the Warriors.
“My O-line did a great job up front covering people up. When the running backs got the ball in their hands, we did what we do,” Burkett said. “Due to the weather we couldn’t throw the ball too well, so it was up to the guys up front and the running backs to take over the game.”
Nelson ended his day by completing 11 of his 17 pass attempts for 159 yards and one score while also throwing his first interception of the season.
Senior Ryan Gerts led the way defensively for the Warriors, racking up seven tackles with one of those for a loss of yardage. Collin Corcoran recorded six tackles, as did Larry Mbayu, while also recording the only sack for the Warriors.
Cain said, “As for going into next week we just have to continue to have that chip on our shoulder and continue to build and improve on the little things because that is what games will ultimately come down to. It’s all a process, and we need to continue to strive to be the best we can be.”
The No. 24 Warriors (3-0) now face a NSIC matchup with No. 4 Minnesota Duluth inside Warrior Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday.
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A continuous rush of students in the Student Activity Center announced the beginning of the travel abroad fair last Tuesday.
Students who have ventured past the U.S. borders, professors who would like to take a class overseas and other travel abroad program consultants discussed options ranging from three-week travel study programs to semester and yearlong travel abroad programs.
Dana Engel, the international programs assistant, said “the fair itself has a good success rate,” which is attributed to the increased interest college students are showing toward traveling abroad.
“Our most popular program is Granada, Spain,” Engel said.
Winona State partners with the SOL Education Abroad program to give students opportunities to practice their language skills in another country, even if they are not fluent in a second language.
“You don’t have to know the language by any means,” Engel said.
Winona State student Nikki Nelson went to Soonchunhyang University in South Korea when she was a junior. Soonchunhyang University is located in the countryside of Korea and an hour away from Seoul.
“I didn’t know any Korean, but now I can hold simple conversations and get around Korea if I need to,” Nelson said.
Nelson pointed out the many advantages to studying abroad, which include experiencing the culture, food and breathtaking landscapes.
“I would go back in a heartbeat,” Nelson said.
Many would point out the cost of traveling abroad could burn a hole in anyone’s wallet. For Nelson, Soonchunhyang University had a flight stipend and employs international students with jobs and internships on campus.
“Housing was free too,” Nelson said.
Another advantage mentioned was that traveling abroad gives students the chance to build their resumes.
“In a global market and economy, it is important to stand out, “ Engel said. “One way is to travel abroad.”
Traveling abroad means one can adapt and understand other cultures and can pick up a second language.
Not only does it help in the workplace, but traveling benefits the student on a personal level as well, Engel said.
“It increases marketability, and also the student’s self-confidence,” Engel said. “They are comfortable and outgoing.”
Students who place themselves in a different culture learn management skills, and, by participating in the culture, they can eventually thrive in that environment, according to Engel.
A few professors were attending the fair to promote their own classroom trips.
Some opportunities to study abroad in the future include an English travel study to England for three weeks this summer and the education department spring break Jamaican travel study.