October 9, 2010

Big Plays Propel Football To 42-14 Victory Over Hamline

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Big plays and forced turnovers were key in Gustavus's 42-14 victory over Hamline on Hall of Fame Day Saturday afternoon in St. Peter, Minn. The Gusties scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to propel them to their second consecutive MIAC victory of the season.  With the victory, Gustavus improves to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the MIAC, while Hamline falls to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the MIAC.

#5 Brad Kruckeberg sprints avoids tacklers after his first interception of the afternoon

Offensively, the triple-headed attack of quarterback Logan Becker, running back Jeffrey Dubose, and wide receiver Cody Sukalski accounted for four touchdowns and 445 of Gustavus's 502 yards of total offense, which ranks second all-time at Gustavus (601 yards-Hamline-2007).

Defensive coordinator Brain Bergstrom's defensive unit turned in another solid performance, intercepting four passes, allowing 288 yards through the air and just 11 yards on the ground.  It is the fewest rushing yards gained by a Gustavus opponent since the Gusties held Macalester to -16 yards in 1999.

The hogs of the Gustavus offensive line opened up running lanes all afternoon as the Gusties turned in their best single game rushing outing of the season with 318 yards.  It ranks as the second highest team rushing performance in school history behind a 354 yard game against Augsburg in 2008.

#21 Jeffrey Dubose sprints away from defenders for an 85-yard touchdown

The Gusties got out to a fast start, forcing Hamline to a three-and-out on the opening possession, then driving 46 yards on four plays for a touchdown (7-0).  Becker hit Muresuk Mena a short pitch-and-catch and Mena took it in for a 17-yard score.  Mena brought down six catches for 52 yards in the game.

Gustavus extended its lead to 14-0 at the 3:17 mark of the first quarter when Becker dropped a ball over the shoulder and into the arms of Cody Sukalski for a 28-yard touchdown.  Becker displayed his speed and agility all afternoon by keeping plays alive with his feet and tucking the ball down and running when pressured.  He broke a 20-yard scramble before hitting Sukalski on the touchdown scoring drive.

"He's just getting better.  He is dangerous with his feet and has a great ability to get not only himself out of trouble, but the team as well," said Head Coach Peter Haugen.

Hamline gained momentum in the second quarter with a big goal-line stop on fourth down.  The Pipers then marched 95 yards on 14 plays for a touchdown (14-7) on their next drive.  Hamline running back Zach Cornish ran the ball in for the two-yard touchdown.

Gustavus took the momentum back on the ensuing possession when Becker hit Sukalski on a slant in the end zone for a three-yard touchdown, capping off a 14 play 85 yard drive and giving the Gusties a 21-7 heading into halftime.  The Gusties recorded 286 yards (139 pass, 147 pass) in the first half compared to Hamline's 117 yards (93 pass, 24 rush).  Becker was a very efficient 9-for-13 for 139 yards through the air, while Hamline quarterback was 7-for-17 for 93 yards.

Assistant coaches Andrew Valen and Blake Kerkhoff celebrate with Greg Lane following Lane's blocked punt return for a touchdown.

Following an interception thrown by Becker at the start of the third quarter, the Pipers had comeback their minds.  Adam Meyer completed a touchdown pass to Anthony Iten from 23 yards out, cutting the lead to 21-14 at the 10:20 mark of the third quarter.  The Gusties responded in a big way, as Jeffrey Dubose bursted out of a pile of bodies at the 15-yard-line, accelerating 85 yards for a touchdown (28-14).  Dubose's run is the second longest in Gustavus history behind Scott Anderson's 99-yard touchdown run in 1991. Dubose finished the game with 202 yards on 21 carries (9.6 avg) and one touchdown.  His performance is the 14th best single game rushing performance in Gustavus history.

"To have a huge run like that deep in our own territory was pretty special," commented Coach Haugen about the play.

Dubose's run was the first in a series of three big plays by the Gusties.  With :36 seconds to play in the third quarter, Jason Cook came untouched and blocked a Hamline punt at the Piper 25-yard-line.  Greg Lane picked up the blocked punt and returned it 25 yards back for a touchdown (35-14).  Three minutes later Brad Kruckeberg snatched a tipped Meyer pass out of the air and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown (42-14).  It is the longest interception return since Adam Miron's 74-yard interception return against Carleton in 2006.  Kruckeberg recorded six tackles and two interceptions in the game, the first coming late in the first quarter on a high pass over the middle by Meyer.

"The defense did a really job creating a lot of turnovers.  When we are forcing turnovers that means our guys are flying around and playing fast," said Haugen.

Both the Gustavus and Hamline football teams wore pink trimmings to show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Becker was 15-for-22 for 184 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while running nine times for 59 yards in the game.  Sukalski was his top target, making five catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns.  Hamline quarterback Adam Meyer finished with 272 yards passing (24-44).  Tim Queck led all receivers with six catches for a game-high 116 yards.  Paul Stommes led the defense with nine tackles.  Hamline was 6-for-17 on third down conversions, while Gustavus was 5-for-12.  The Gusties dominated the time of possession 35:59 to 24:01

"We are improving and that is what we are most excited about.  We have to stay steady and continue to make improvements each week," said Haugen about the future of the team.

The Gustavus football team will begin its toughest stretch of MIAC matchups next Saturday when the Gusties take on Bethel at 1:00pm in Arden Hills, Minn.

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Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
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Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
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Delaware Valley at Wesley
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Muhlenberg at Wilkes
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N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
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Western New England at Springfield
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Fitchburg State at Becker
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Albright at Salisbury
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WPI at MIT
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Salve Regina at Worcester State
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Endicott at Framingham State
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Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
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Chicago at Case Western Reserve
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Husson at Alfred
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SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
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Cortland at Heidelberg
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Otterbein at Buffalo State
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Ursinus at Bethany
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Sewanee at Kenyon
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King's at Moravian
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McDaniel at Catholic
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Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
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Plymouth State at Castleton
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RPI at Norwich
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Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
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Emory and Henry at Ferrum
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Alfred State at William Paterson
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Union at Ithaca
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Utica at Misericordia
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The Apprentice School at Methodist
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Monmouth at Hope
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Bridgewater at Gettysburg
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Juniata at Grove City
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Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
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Austin at Hendrix
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Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
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UW-La Crosse at Luther
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Beloit at Lake Forest
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Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
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Crown at Hamline
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Carleton at Macalester
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Bethel at Dubuque
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St. Olaf at Grinnell
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UW-River Falls at Coe
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Elmhurst at Loras
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Huntingdon at Louisiana College
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Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
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John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
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Southern Virginia at Earlham
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Lawrence at Presentation
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UW-Platteville at George Fox
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La Verne at Puget Sound
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Central at Whitworth
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Hartwick at Western Connecticut
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Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
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Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
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Thomas More at Franklin
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Hampden-Sydney at Averett
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Denison at Marietta
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Thiel at Allegheny
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Capital at Wittenberg
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Anderson at North Park
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Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Hanover at Centre
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Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
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