Nothing was easy in the college football playoff game at Minnesota State-Mankato during a very snowy Saturday in southern Minnesota.
The top-ranked Mavericks beat Tarleton State 13-10 while heavy snow and strong winds made playing conditions very difficult. A winter storm warning was in effect during the game and Mankato woke up Sunday morning to eight inches of snow.
According to the university, the Mavericks were trailing 10-0 in the fourth quarter when they fought through whiteout conditions and drove the ball 97 yards on 27 plays before scoring their first points of the game on a five-yard touchdown to Shane Zylstra.
The 27-play drive took more than 12 minutes and got Mankato to within 10-7. They would take the lead on an 11-yard touchdown run by Nate Gunn with 1:47 left in the game.
The Mavericks advanced the national semifinals of the Division II football playoffs and will host Ferris State next Saturday at 2 p.m. with a trip to the national championship game on the line.
Fortunately, no major snowstorms are in the forecast.
Meanwhile, St. John's and Bethel both saw their seasons end in the Division III playoffs. The Johnnies lost 21-18 to Texas-based University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Bethel fell to Wisconsin-Whitewater 26-12.