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St. John's, Bethel, MSU-Mankato all advance in national football tournaments

All three have made it to the national quarterfinals.

The Gophers stole the show in Minnesota college football on Saturday with their first win over Wisconsin since 2003, but three other teams continued their magnificent seasons as well. 

Division II Minnesota State-Mankato, ranked No. 1 in the final regular season D2 topped Colorado Pueblo State 24-10 and will face No. 2 seed Tarleton State in next Saturday's quarterfinal matchup of the DII tournament

Shane Zylstra, the younger brother of Vikings wide receiver Brandon Zylstra, got the scoring started with a 52-yard touchdown catch, his 13th receiving touchdown of the season. 

In Division III, St. John's and Bethel advanced to the national quarterfinals. The Johnnies rolled over Whitworth 45-24 on the arm of senior quarterback Jackson Erdmann, who threw for 305 yards and five touchdowns. 

Bethel squeaked out a 27-24 win over North Central (Illinois) behind former Gophers commit Jaron Roste's three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown. 

St. John's plays University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Bethel will play Wisconsin-Whitewater in next Saturday's quarterfinals. 

If both teams advance, the Johnnies and Royals would play each other in the national semifinals on Dec. 8. Bethel lost to the Johnnies 34-16 when they met in Arden Hills earlier this season. 

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