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Nate Hayden (M State Football)

By Craig Olson, 08/31/21, 4:15PM CDT


Freshman quarterback Nate Hayden of the M State Spartans is the Olson Oil Company Athlete of the Week.

Hayden completed 32-of-42 passes on Saturday and threw for 393 yards and 4 touchdowns as he led the Spartans to a 43-18 victory over Minnesota West.  The win included 28 consecutive second half points to lead M State back from an 18-15 halftime deficit.

Hayden's first TD pass was a 13-yard strike to Rick Groce.  He then hit Zion Dove for the two-point conversion which tied the game at 8-8 with 13:03 to play in the first half.  On the next possession, following an interception by William Black, Hayden connected with Jallah Zeze on a 29-yard touchdown to give the Spartans their first lead of the day.

In the second half, Hayden hooked up with Frederick Brown on a 33-yard pass and then got together with Zeze again, this time on a 62-yard aerial.