The Gustavus Adolphus football team welcomes the Oles of St. Olaf College to Lloyd Hollingsworth Field on Saturday, Sept. 28th for a 1:30 p.m. kick off on Homecoming Saturday in St. Peter. The Gusties will look to rebound from a 19-16 loss to Augsburg in Minneapolis on Saturday, Sept. 21st, while the Oles are most recently coming off a 33-29 loss to Concordia in Moorhead last Saturday. Gustavus enters today’s contest with an overall record of 1-1 and an MIAC mark of 0-1, while St. Olaf comes in with an overall record of 1-2 and an MIAC mark of 0-1.
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Scouting The Gusties
The Gustavus football team enters Saturday’s contest coming off a heartbreaking 19-16 loss at the hands of Augsburg College on Saturday, Sept. 21st in Minneapolis. The Gusties led for nearly 44 minutes before surrendering the lead to the Auggies with just 2:37 to play. Trailing 16-12 with 3:28 left in the game, the Auggies drove 78 yards in four plays and 51 seconds to score the go-ahead touchdown. Augsburg capped the game-winning drive with a 46-yard touchdown pass on a screen from quarterback Ayrton Scott to running back Phil Putratz. Gustavus had one final shot with just over two minutes remaining, but a fumble on the first play of its final possession gave the ball back to the Auggies, who were able to drain the remaining time left on the clock.
Offensively, Jeffrey Dubose had a career day against the Auggies, carrying the ball 37 times for 227 yards and two touchdowns. The Gusties struggled through the air as quarterback Mitch Hendricks completed 12 of 23 passes for 100 yards with one interception. Gustavus gained 352 yards of total offense on the afternoon, nearly identical to Augsburg’s 353 yards.
The Gustie defense held the potent Auggie offense in check for most of the afternoon. Augsburg, who had previously scored 55 points and generated over 600 yards of total offense in its season-opener, amassed 258 yards passing and 95 yards rushing on the day. Defensive end Cameron Cropsey led the way defensively, recording eight tackles (4 solo), four of which were for losses, and intercepting an Augsburg pass near the end of the first half.
Through two games, Jeffrey Dubose has been the workhorse of the Gustavus offense. The senior captain has rushed for four touchdowns and 302 yards on 59 attempts, averaging 151 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry. Through the air, quarterback Mitch Hendricks has completed 39 of 65 passes (60%) for 322 yards and has yet to throw a touchdown. His favorite target has been Phillip Butler, who has caught 15 passes for 87 yards.
Defensively, Gustavus is allowing an average of 318 total yards per game, 79 yards on the ground and 239 yards through the air. The Gustie defense has five takeaways through the first two games, intercepting three passes and recovering two fumbles. Matt Keller leads the team in total tackles with 15 (5 solo), while Joe Haas and Cameron Cropsey each have 13 (5 solo).
Scouting The Oles
The St. Olaf football team comes into today hungry for a win after consecutive losses to Luther (20-13) and Concordia (33-29). In St. Olaf’s most recent loss, Concordia shot out to an early 13-0 lead in the first quarter and would never look back. Although the Oles responded with a touchdown at the end of the first quarter, the Cobbers would extend their lead to 26-14 heading into halftime. St. Olaf cut that lead to 26-21 midway through the third, but a Concordia touchdown with 6:38 left in the fourth would prove to be enough, as St. Olaf could only score once more in the 33-29 loss.
Running back J.J. Strnad and wide receiver Jake Schmiesing each notched a pair of touchdowns on the day to lead the Ole offense. Strnad scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter and later on a four-yard carry in the second. Schmiesing caught both of his touchdown passes in the second half, the first of which was a 12-yard strike in the third quarter followed by a 70-yard bomb in the fourth. The receiver cuaght just three passes all day for a total of 102 yards. Also reaching the 100-yard receiving mark was fellow wideout Stephen Asp, who tallied seven catches for an even 100 yards. Their distributor, quarterback Nate Penz, completed 19 of 29 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns along with one interception. Chad Wagner led the Ole defense with five tackles, while David Jean followed with four, one of which was for a loss of eight yards.
For the season, Penz has completed 57 of 92 passes (62%) for 787 yards and six touchdowns along with four interceptions. His top two targets, Stephen Asp and Jake Schmiesing, have caught 19 and 14 passes, respectively. Asp has amassed 243 yards and one touchdown, while Schmiesing has racked up 304 yards with five touchdowns.
On defense, St. Olaf is allowing an average of 148.7 yards rushing and 144.7 yards passing for a total of 293.3 yards per game. The Oles lead the league in fumble recoveries with six as Derek Henle, David Jean, and Ethan Lunning each have two. Henle leads the St. Olaf defense with 20 tackles (13 solo), while Colin Brown follows with 18 (9 solo).
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