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Mavericks Spoil Central's Homecoming

ELLENSBURG, Wash - Central Washington surrendered 33 unanswered points as visiting Minnesota State spoiled the Wildcats' Homecoming, 33-17.  The loss was the first for CWU in its last four games, and all but eliminates the Wildcats (6-4, 3-4 NCC) from postseason contention. Central Washington came into play Saturday ranked seventh in the NCAA Division II Northwest Region, with the top six teams at the end of the regular season qualifying for the 24-team playoff field. Minnesota State improved to 4-6 overall and 2-5 in North Central Conference action. Ben King, the reigning NCC Offensive Player of the Week after a school-record 505 yards against South Dakota last week, completed 34 of 46 passes against the Wildcat defense for 433 yards and three touchdowns. He outdueled Central's Reilly, who himself set a new career-high with 362 yards passing on 24 of 40. However, Reilly was sacked seven times and threw just one touchdown with three interceptions.