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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

On the Griddle

A pair of NCAA postseason appearances and now a visit to the Mineral Water Bowl in four seasons. Not too shabby! 

Minnesota State coach Todd Hoffner has led his Maverick football program to a 33-13 mark during his time in Mankato and in addition to a trip to Ashland, Ohio in 2008 (Ashland downed the Mavericks 27-16), the Mavericks hosted a NCAA postseason game vs. Hillsdale in the 2009 NCAA tournament (Hillsdale won 27-24 in overtime at Blakeslee Stadium).  The Mavericks of 2011 will travel to Excelsior Springs, Mo., to compete in the Mineral Springs Bowl where they will square-off against Northeastern State University (Okla.).

Hoffner's record in four seasons at the Maverick helm stands at 33-13.

The Mineral Springs Bowl pits the top team from Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference not making the NCAA Division II tournament vs. the top team from the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).  Information about the game can be found here.

A couple of other significant things happened for  this program along the way this year. Most notably the school-record 7,011 fans for Homecoming in a 24-14 win over Winona State on Oct. 1.  And a thrilling 27-26 home win over Augustana in a Thursday night game televised nationally by CBS Sports Oct. 27.

A pretty good year, all in all and the trip to Missouri will serve to give the program additional positive exposure.  And along with giving the underclassmen additions reps and game experience, will provide the seniors with a tremendous way to close out their careers.

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