Welcome to Lloyd Hollingsworth Field on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College for this Saturday’s Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match-up between your Golden Gusties and the Auggies of Augsburg College. The Gusties enter the game with an overall record of 1–7 and a MIAC mark of 1–5. Augsburg comes in with an overall record of 5–3 and a MIAC mark of 3–3. Gustavus seeks the win column for the first time in three weeks, while Augsburg enters today’s game coming off a 31–23 non-conference win over Macalester last Saturday
As is tradition at Gustavus, the final home game of the regular season is designated as Senior Day and a special tribute is made to the individuals who have committed themselves to the Gustavus football program for the past four years. This year, the Athletics Department, Coach Haugen, his staff, parents and fans salute the 27 seniors who have represented the Gustavus football program with pride and class from 2008 to the present. We thank them for their efforts and wish them the very best in the future.
Saturday’s game marks the 70th meeting between Gustavus and Augsburg on the gridiron. Gustavus holds the advantage in the all-time series with a record of 54–15–0. The Auggies came away with a 17–14 victory last season in Minneapolis. An early fourth quarter touchdown pass from Muneer Al-Hameed to Phil Putratz turned out to be the game-winning score, as the Gusties were shut down on their final three drives of the game. Al-Hameed tallied 204 yards of total offense while filling in for the injured Marcus Brumm at quarterback. Logan Becker ran for a season-high 88 yards and two touchdowns while going 15-of-23 for 137 yards in the passing game.
Meet The Head Coaches
Gustavus Head Coach Peter Haugen is in his third season at the helm of the Gustavus football team. Haugen has compiled a record of 9–19 in his two-plus seasons as the head coach of the Gusties. A graduate of Bethel University, Haugen was the head coach at Washburn High School prior to coming to Gustavus. Coach Frank Haege is in his sixth season at the head of the Augsburg football program. Haege, who was an assistant at Augsburg from 1996–98, served several coaching stints in the arena football ranks before taking over the Auggie football team. A 1992 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Haege has compiled an overall record of 25–43 in his six-plus seasons at Augsburg.
Watch and Listen
About The Game
A Glimpse At The Gusties
Gustavus will look to feed off the emotion and energy of Senior Day in its final home game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon against Augsburg. The Gusties return to St. Peter after suffering a hard-fought 20–7 loss to third ranked St. Thomas last Saturday. The 20–0 advantage St. Thomas built by the end of the third quarter proved to be too large a margin for the Gusties to come back from, as the Tommie defense forced a punt and picked off a pass on Gustavus’ final two possessions of the game.
Despite giving up a total of 140 yards rushing in the game, the Gustavus run defense was able to keep the potent St. Thomas ground attack in check. St. Thomas’ aerial defense was able to shut down the Gustavus passing game, limiting the Gustie receivers to an average of just 6.7 yards per completion. Quarterback Logan Becker was 18-for-31 for 121 yards. He completed one touchdown pass, an eight-yard score to Elliott Herdina, yet threw three interceptions. Becker also recorded Gustavus’ longest play from scrimmage this season, when he broke free for a 74-yard run in the first quarter.
Today, the Gusties will look to improve on two areas that have plagued them all season— turnovers and third down conversions. Peter Haugen’s squad will need to secure the football in order to keep it out of the hands of the MIAC’s top passer in Marcus Brumm and top rusher in Tyler Maxwell. The Gusties have a -7 turnover margin and are hitting at a 36.1-percent rate on third down.
The improved play of the secondary on Saturday led to coverage sacks by Matt Miller, Jesse Newell, and Jake Forcier, matching Gustavus’ season-high. Cornerback Jason Cook has been the team’s leading tackler the past two weeks with 13 total tackles (8 solo). Mitch Kleinschrodt and Brad Kruckeberg have each picked off a pass in the last two games, as the Gusties rank fourth in the league in pass defense giving up an average of 167.9 yards per game. Pressure on quarterback will be key against an Augsburg offense that has averaged over 40 throws per game in its last two contests.
A Glimpse At The Auggies
The Augsburg football team was able to get back into the win column last weekend at home against non-conference opponent Macalester. Trailing 23–17, the Auggies were able to find the end zone with two unanswered scores in the third and fourth quarters to win the game 31–23. Augsburg’s victory over the Scots snapped a three-game losing-skid in which the Auggies fell to three of the top four teams in the MIAC in St. Thomas (17-0), Concordia (38–26), and St. Olaf (24–20).
Quarterback Marcus Brumm was 25-for-36 for 356 yards and three touchdowns in the winagainst Macalester. Brumm connected with six different receivers in the contest with his favorite targets being Adam Carl and Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane. Carl made 10 catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns, while Bourne-McFarlane made four grabs for 86 yards. Tyler Maxwell supplemented the Auggie passing attack with 109 yards on 25 carries in the running game.
Brumm is the catalyst of the number one passing attack in the MIAC. He is the league’s top passer, averaging 243.2 yards per game through the air. The junior is 161-for-275 (58.5%) with a touchdown to interception ratio of 12-to-6. Rookie running back Tyler Maxwell enters the game as the conference’s leading rusher, averaging 121.3 yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry.
The Auggie defense enters Saturday’s contest ranked seventh in the MIAC, allowing 351.2 yards per game. Linebacker Bryce Lee is the current tackle leader in the league, making a total of 90 tackles for an average of 11.2 per game this season. The Gusties will need to slow down the pass rush of defensive lineman Edmond Smith who has sacked the quarterback seven times this season.