St. Norbert 48, Monmouth 2
MONMOUTH, Ill. - St. Norbert College forced seven turnovers en
route to its third consecutive blowout win with a 48-2 Midwest
Conference victory over Monmouth College at April Zorn Memorial
The Green Knights (3-2, 3-1 MWC) have outscored their opponents 174-28 in their last three games following an 0-2 start. Monmouth, the two-time defending MWC champion, likely saw its title hopes fade at 2-3, 2-2.
St. Norbert led 13-0 at halftime before a 28-point third quarter deluge broke the game open. The Green Knights scored three defensive touchdowns in the third quarter, and had three scores overall within a 1-minute span late in the period.
Austin Arts' 22-yard interception return with 11 minutes 14 seconds left in the third quarter gave St. Norbert a 20-0 advantage. Rob Berger hit a wide-open Adam Gruett on a 26-yard touchdown pass with 1:34 left in the period. Josh Holzhaeuser had a 28-yard interception return at the 1:16 mark and Justin Baker a 41-yard interception return with 34 seconds left to balloon the lead to 41-0.
The three defensive touchdowns were short of a school record, one shy of the four St. Norbert recorded in a 48-28 win over Carroll University on Oct. 15, 2005 at Minahan Stadium.
St. Norbert dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 39:19, including 21:03 in the second half. The Green Knights ran 54 times to just 20 passes, and outgained the Scots 460-176. Monmouth had 50 net rushing yards, and four of its eight first downs in the game came on its first two possessions.
John Weninger, who had touchdown runs of 1 and 2 yards, had an outstanding all-purpose afternoon. Weninger rushed 31 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught six passes for 104 yards.
Berger completed 16 of 20 passes for 231 yards and two touchdown with one interception. Berger has boosted his season completion percentage to 63.5 percent (66-for-104) with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Monmouth was led by Matt Shepherd's six receptions for 61 yards. Quarterbacks Brik Wedekind and Matt Borzillo combined for five interceptions, the first time in seven years a St. Norbert opponent has been intercepted that many times. Wedekind was 7-for-12 for 49 yards and two interceptions, while Borzillo was 6-for-11 for 77 yards with three interceptions.