ST. PAUL, Minn. — Junior QB Dakota Tracy passed for two
touchdowns to tight end Logan Marks and ran for another score as
the No. 5-ranked Tommies (2-0) topped the visiting Falcons (0-2) in
Saturday's non-conference football game before a crowd of
4,000-plus at UST's O'Shaughnessy Stadium.
St. Thomas had no turnovers and won its ninth consecutive home game dating back to November 2008. Trailing 3-0, the Toms scored three touchdowns in an 8:49 span of the second and third quarters to take a 20-3 lead.
Tracy completed 9-of-12 passes for 96 yards. Greg Morse 6-for-8 for 82 yards, and an 18-yard touchdown pass to Nick Gleisner. Ricky Margarit had three catches for 77 yards. Fritz Waldvogel had 118 all-purpose yards on 11 touches and went over 2,000 career receiving yards. Senior All-American running back Ben Wartman had seven carries for 53 yards but was slowed by an injury and had a streak of 100-yard rushing games end at eight. Junior RB Colin Tobin had 14 carries for 76 yards.
Taylor Edwards had 108 yards on 28 carries for River Falls, which had a 36-24 minute advantage in time of possession but couldn't reach the end zone.
UST's Tommy Becker had 10 tackles and forced the game's only turnover, a fumble on a strip of the Falcon QB who had just converted a 3rd-down run. Willy Baregi recovered the loose ball at the Falcon 34-yard line with 3:23 left in the half, and six plays later St. Thomas scored its second touchdown.
UST held the Falcons to their lowest scoring output in 14 games as the Toms allowed just one trip inside the red zone.
River Falls had an 18-play drive in the first and second quarters that covered 79 yards and drained 9:36 on the clock. But the Falcons had a 4th-and-inches at the Tommie four and settled for Chad Blair's 21-yard field goal.