Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The #2-ranked University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) football team survived a second half rally by Augustana on Saturday night, winning 42-34 to extend the Bulldogs' home conference winning streak to 36 games.
UMD scored five touchdowns in the first half en route to a 35-6 halftime lead, but the Bulldogs were then outscored 28-7 in the second half by the visiting Vikings.
Austin Sikorksi finished with 18 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs, and Superior native Joe Reichert had six catches for 95 yards and two scores.
Chase Vogler completed 17-of-29 passes for 227 yards and the two touchdowns, also throwing his first interception of the 2012 season.
The UMD defense was sensational in the first half, highlighted by a second quarter 21-yard interception return for a touchdown by Colby Ring.
Special teams again played a huge role for the Bulldogs, with sophomore Aaron Roth reutrning a first half kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. That marks his second return touchdown of the 2012 season, with both of them coming at home.
Duluth native and former Duluth Denfeld standout C.J. Ham is a redshirt freshman running back this season for Augustana, carrying the ball three times on Saturday for six yards.
UMD is now (4-0) overall this 2012 season and (4-0) in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The team's next game is scheduled for September 29 on the road against St. Cloud State.