Air game lifts Bulldog football past Southwest Minnesota State to win season opener

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Quarterback Logan Graetz threw three touchdowns for the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) on Thursday to help lift them past Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) and win their season opener 31-21 at Malosky Stadium.

The Bulldogs struck first with a Byron Bynum touchdown in the first quarter, which was the sole rushing touchdown for UMD. After this, starting quarterback Garrett Olson was sat after taking a big hit.

Graetz would connect with Kurtis Weigand and Armani Carmickle in the second quarter to lead 21-7 at half. The Mustangs tied it 21-21 in the third quarter, but Graetz found Noah Skifton from 43-yards out in the 4th to lead 28-21. Graetz finished with 230 passing yards.

A Curt Cox 28-yard field goal would seal the deal.

UMD (1-0) visits Minnesota State University-Mankato next Saturday, September 10 for their road opener. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.