A botched field goal attempt on 4th down jump-started the St. Cloud offense in the fourth quarter Saturday, helping the Huskies top Winona State University 31-20 on Homecoming in Winona.
Facing 4th and 4 from the 6-yard line, place holder Jameson Parsons scrambled for a five yard gain and a fresh set of downs midway through the quarter, setting up a Jaden Huff rushing touchdown a play later to give the Huskies the lead for good.
St. Cloud (2-2, 2-2 NSIC) scored on its next possession to lead 31-20 lead in front of a crowd of 5,313 at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium, the second-largest in stadium history.
Winona State (2-2, 2-2 NSIC) took the lead on the game's first play from scrimmage when Jack Nelson found Paul Preston for a 75-yard touchdown to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead. Nelson finished the day 23-42 for 329 yards and a pair of touchdown throws.
Huff scored on a 6-yard touchdown run to tie the game 7-7 about four minutes later, then Nelson found Alan May for a 42-yard touchdown pass at the 4:18 mark to give Winona a 14-7 lead after the first quarter. May finished with 7 catches for 126 yards.
Each team converted a field goal in the second quarter, then St. Cloud tied the game 17-17 with a Nate Meyer 5-yard touchdown run.
Winona State added another field goal early in the 4th quarter to lead 20-17 before the Huskies scored the game's final 11 points. Nelson was intercepted on the Warriors' final possession of the game.
The Warriors now travel to Concordia-St. Paul (1-3, 1-3 NSIC) on Saturday, October 3.