St. Cloud St. 66, Minn.-Crookston 7

Updated: August 29, 2003, 12:04 AM ET

CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Matt Birkel scored four touchdowns as St. Cloud State steamrolled Minnesota-Crookston 66-7 in Thursday's season opener.

Birkel rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 29 yards and another score.

Keith Heckendor led the Huskies air attack, completing 9 of 11 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns.

Crookston's lone score came in the fourth quarter when Luon Spearman ran for a 44-yard touchdown. He led the Golden Eagles with 87 yards on 14 carries.

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