The Gustavus Adolphus football team welcomes the Tommies of the University of St. Thomas to Lloyd Hollingsworth Field for a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) clash between a pair of 3-1 teams on Saturday, Oct. 12th. Both teams enter Saturday’s game after lopsided wins a week ago as Gustavus defeated Hamline 52–7 in St. Paul and St. Thomas beat Carleton 65–6 on its Homecoming. The Gusties post a record of 3–1 overall with a record of 2–1 in the MIAC, while the Tommies, ranked No. 6 in the latest D3football.com poll, are 3–1 overall and 1–1 in the MIAC.
Randy Shaver Tackle Cancer Campaign
The Gustavus versus St. Thomas football game on Saturday will be designated as “Tackle Cancer Day” at Hollingsworth Field. The effort is a part of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, whose mission is to support the cancer community in Minnesota by funding research, prevention, treatment, and other programs relating to Minnesota’s cancer community. The Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund has challenged every high school and collegiate football team to sponsor at least one “Tackle Cancer” game during the months of September and October. Fans are encouraged to make donations towards funding additional cancer research during the game by giving to members of the Gustavus football volunteer staff, who will be making their way through the stands throughout the afternoon. Less than 10 percent of the monies raised are spent on administrative costs, making it one of the most efficient uses of your charitable donation. More than 300 high schools, colleges, and universities have already joined the initiative this year with more that $120,000 expected to be raised.
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Scouting The Gusties
The Gustavus football team is coming off a 52–7 win over Hamline last Saturday in St. Paul. The Gusties scored on their first eight possessions of the game to build a 52–0 lead before Hamline scored a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. The Gustavus offense was efficient in the win as it racked up 489 total yards (259 rushing, 230 passing) and did not turn the ball over. The defense forced two turnovers and was solid throughout the afternoon, holding Hamline’s offense to a season-best 263 total yards (154 rushing, 109 passing).
Senior running back Jeffrey Dubose continued the strong start to his senior season on Saturday, scoring five touchdowns to go along with 215 yards of total offense. Dubose rushed 16 times for 200 yards and four touchdowns, and also caught two passes for 15 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Mitch Hendricks was sharp in his two-plus quarters of work as well. The sophomore completed 15 of 18 passes (83.3%) for 184 yards and a touchdown. For the day, the Gustie offense converted on 8 of 12 third downs (66.7%) and scored on all five of its trips to the red zone.
Defensively, linebacker Lucas Kleinschrodt led the way with 10 tackles (5 solo), while fellow linebacker Zack Martinez registered the only sack of the day. Cornerback Zach Dilger hauled in an interception and safety Beau Bachman recovered a fumble at the Hamline five-yard line, which he returned for a touchdown. As a unit, the Gustavus defense allowed just 4.0 yards per play and held the Piper offense to just four conversions in 12 tries on third down (33.3%). In 12 possessions, the Gusties allowed Hamline to reach the red zone only twice.
For the season, the Gustavus offense is averaging 35.2 points (4th/MIAC) and 406.8 yards of total offense (4th/ MIAC) per game. The Gusties have used a balanced attack through the first four games, averaging 213.2 yards passing and 193.5 yards rushing. However, most of the scoring has come in the ground game with 15 rushing touchdowns (2nd/MIAC) in contrast to three passing touchdowns (8th/MIAC).
Defensively, the Gusties are allowing an average of 16.5 points (3rd/MIAC) and 295.2 yards of total offense (2nd/ MIAC). Gustavus’s rush defense is giving up just 96.8 yards per game (3rd/MIAC), while its pass defense is allowing an average of 198.5 yards per game (5th/MIAC). The Gusties are currently tied for second in the league in takeaways with 11.
Scouting The Tommies
The St. Thomas football team, much like Gustavus, is coming off a win last Saturday when it defeated Carleton 65–6 in St. Paul. After throwing an interception on its first drive of the game, St. Thomas proceeded to score on each
of its next six possessions to remove any doubt about the outcome of the game. The Tommies opened up a 65–0 lead before the Knights finally found the endzone with 5:28 left in the game. St. Thomas amassed 697 yards of total offense (354 rushing, 343 passing) and converted on 9 of 13 third downs to go along with 34 first downs in the game. Carleton was held to 153 yards of total offense (124 passing, 29 rushing), converted on 2 of 12 third-down attempts, and registered just eight first downs on the afternoon.
Quarterback John Gould led the way offensively with 95 yards rushing on just four carries, while running backs Brenton Braddock and Jack Kaiser, along with wide receiver Nick Waldvogel, each rushed for two touchdowns. Quarterback Alex Fenske completed of 13 of 17 passes (76.5%) for 208 yards. His favorite target was Dan Noehring, who caught four passes for 98 yards.
Defensively, linebacker Matthew Larson recorded six tackles (5 solo) to lead the way for the Tommies. Defensive backs Sean Hamlin and Jeff Rada and linebacker Tremayne Williams each recorded an interception, while Williams also registerd two tackles for losses that totaled 15 yards.
The Tommie offense has proven to be one of the most prolific in the MIAC through four games this season. St. Thomas leads the conference in total yards per game (496.5), passing yards per game (259.8), rushing yards per game (236.8), and first downs per game (27.0) The Tommies also rank second in the MIAC in scoring average, putting up an average of 40.0 points per contest.
St. Thomas’s 3-4 defense sits atop the conference rankings in nearly every statistical category. The Tommies lead the league in points allowed per game (10.0), total yards (226.8), passing yards (155.0), rushing yards (71.8), and sacks (12).
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