/seasons/2011/contrib/20110918xxjbhm

Gustavus Football Falls 9-6 In Defensive Battle To Mayville State

More news about: Gustavus Adolphus

The Gustavus football team struggled to find the end zone in its home opener on Saturday afternoon in St. Peter, Minn., falling to non-conference opponent Mayville State University by the score of 9-6.  As the box score would indicate, it was a defensive battle from start to finish.  Gustavus was held to just 134 total yards, as Mayville State kept the Gustie offense off balance throughout the afternoon. The Gusties fall to 0-2 on the season, while Mayville State improves to 3-1.

#5 Brad Kruckeberg, #49 Jason Cook, and #57 Joe Haas combine to make a tackle.

The Comets came into the contest with one game plan in mind – pound the rock and limit big plays.  A strategy they didn't stray from and one that turned out to be a winner.

"Hats off to Mayville, they were a physical bunch.  Their corners played a lot of man, they crowded the box and we didn't run the ball today like we did a week ago.  We've got to give them a lot of credit," said Head Coach Peter Haugen.

The Gusties grabbed a 6-0 lead by the end of the third quarter on a pair of Tom Huepenbecker field goals.  Following a Mayville sack on third down, Heupenbecker nailed a 42-yard field goal (3-0) to put the first points on the scoreboard.  The field goal is the longest of the junior's career.  Five minutes later, following another third down sack, Huepenbecker kicked through his second 40-yarder of the game, this time from 41 yards out.

The two first quarter kicks would be the last points Gustavus would score in the game.  The two squads headed to the locker rooms with Gustavus in the lead 6-0.  The Gusties ran the ball 23 times for 41 yards (1.8 ypr), as quarterback Logan Becker was 5-for-11 for 43 yards passing in the frame.  Mayville picked up 63 yards on 17 carries (3.7 ypr) and threw once for one yard.

#3 Alec Saunders led the defense with 15 total tackles.

Following a three-and-out on Gustavus' first possession of the half, Mayville went to work on the ground, putting together a 39-yard drive that ate up 6:54 of the clock.  After being pinned at their own ten-yard-line by a Comet punt, the Gusties were called for intentional grounding in the end zone and Mayville earned two points, cutting the lead to 6-2, on the safety.

Succeeding the safety, the Comets put together a 17-play, 81-yard grind-it-out drive that lasted 10:50 and resulted in a one-yard touchdown.  After 16 straight running plays that moved the ball to the Gustavus one-yard-line, Comet quarterback Jake McLain went to the air, finding fullback Caleb Loy on a play-action dive for the touchdown.  McLain was 3-for-8 for just 16 yards passing in the game, adding 76 yards on 22 carries (3.5 ypr) on the ground.

"They called a great game.  We were rotating guys the best we could, but that was a really impressive drive," complimented Haugen.

The Gustavus offense never recovered from the safety, turning the ball over on downs in its remaining three possessions of the game.

"Offensively, we had a really tough day," commented Haugen on Gustavus' offensive performance.  "We have to get better at getting into third down and manageable situations.  The offense just isn't built to handle the situations we put ourselves in today."

The Gustavus offense was 3-for-13 on third down conversions and 1-for-4 on fourth down.  The Gusties gained 59 yards rushing and 75 yards passing in the game.

Leading the Gusties on the ground was Jeffrey Dubose, picking up 38 yards on 13 carries (2.9 ypr).  Logan Becker was sacked three times and finished 9-for-24 for 75 yards through the air.  Elliott Herdina led the team in receiving with 35 yards on three catches.

The Gustavus football team lined up for the national anthem.

"You have got to give a lot of credit to our defense today.  They were on the field a lot," said Haugen.  "We certainly played well enough defensively to win."

Of the 11 Mayville State possessions in the game, the Gusties defense was able to force five three-and-outs and one turnover on downs.  The defense was led by linebacker Alec Saunders, who made a career-high 15 tackles (5 solo, 10 asst.).

The Comets gained 196 total yards and won the time of possession battle 36:04 to 23:56.  Jerril Jenkins led all rushers in the game, running 24 times for 94 yards (3.9 ypr).

The Gustavus football team will re-group and gear up for the start of the MIAC season this upcoming Saturday, Sept. 24, when it travels to Northfield, Minn. to take on St. Olaf at 1:00 p.m

"We are looking forward to St. Olaf.  You've got to bounce back.  It was a tough loss today, but our guys will respond and are going to be fired up for our first conference game," said Haugen.

Box Score

Post-Game Interviews

Photo Gallery

- With three catches in Saturday's game with Mayville State University, Elliott Herdina surpassed the 100-recpetion milestone for his career.  The senior from Blooming Prairies is the eighth player in Gustavus history to log 100 catches.  He sits in seventh place all-time with 101 catches, surpassing Todd Raarup who tallied 100.

Oct. 16: All times Eastern
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
Box Score Recap
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Johns Hopkins
Video Video Live stats Live stats
Oct. 21: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Westfield State at Framingham State
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Moravian at Juniata
Live stats
12:00 PM
Endicott at Salve Regina
Video Preview Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
St. Vincent at Thomas More
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Hobart at Union
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Colby at Hamilton
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Christopher Newport
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Ithaca
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Allegheny
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Mount Ida
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Middlebury at Bates
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Catholic at Springfield
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wesleyan at Amherst
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Bowdoin at Trinity (Conn.)
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Husson at Gallaudet
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wabash at Oberlin
Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Buffalo State at Utica
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Muskingum
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Montclair State at Frostburg State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Rowan at Wesley
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Albright at Stevenson
Video Live stats Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at DePauw
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Alma at Albion
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Shenandoah at Guilford
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Massachusetts Maritime
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Wooster at Hiram
Preview Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Hampden-Sydney
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Anna Maria
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Bridgewater at Emory and Henry
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Wilkes at FDU-Florham
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Misericordia
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Rochester at St. Lawrence
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
RPI at Alfred
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Nichols at Curry
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Salisbury
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Brevard
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Apprentice
Audio
1:00 PM
Ursinus at Susquehanna
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Cortland at Morrisville State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Hope at Trine
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at UW-River Falls
Video
1:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Sewanee
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Dickinson at Franklin and Marshall
Video Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Tufts at Williams
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Wilmington
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
MIT at Coast Guard
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Maine Maritime at Norwich
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Marietta
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Franklin at Rose-Hulman
Video Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Capital
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Bluffton at Manchester
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Anderson
2:00 PM
Kean at TCNJ
Live stats
2:00 PM
Greensboro at LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Worcester State
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Muhlenberg at McDaniel
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Western New England at Becker
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Methodist at Maryville (Tenn.)
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Adrian at Kalamazoo
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Denison at Ohio Wesleyan
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Washington and Jefferson
Video Live stats Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Berry at Millsaps
Audio
2:00 PM
Olivet at Benedictine
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at Austin
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Belhaven at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at UW-Stout
Audio
2:00 PM
Eureka at MacMurray
Video
2:00 PM
Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Wartburg at Luther
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Nebraska Wesleyan at Buena Vista
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Rockford at Aurora
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Concordia-Chicago
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. Olaf
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at Concordia-Moorhead
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Thomas at Hamline
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Greenville
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Coe at Loras
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Monmouth at Cornell
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at North Park
Live stats
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Martin Luther
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Texas Lutheran
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Grinnell at Lake Forest
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Carroll at Millikin
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Ripon at Macalester
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Lawrence at St. Norbert
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Crown
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Iowa Wesleyan
2:10 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live stats Audio
2:30 PM
Merchant Marine at WPI
Video Live stats
2:30 PM
Rhodes at Centre
Video Live stats
2:30 PM
Hanover at Earlham
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2:30 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Video Preview Live stats
3:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-La Crosse
Video Live stats Audio Audio
3:00 PM
Simpson at Dubuque
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
Live stats
4:00 PM
Hartwick at Brockport
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Bridgewater State
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Chapman at La Verne
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Pacific at Lewis and Clark
Video Live stats Audio Audio Tickets
4:00 PM
Pacific Lutheran at Willamette
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Whitworth
Video Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Redlands at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Video Audio
4:30 PM
George Fox at Linfield
Video Preview Live stats
5:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Howard Payne
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Dean at Castleton
Video Live stats Tickets
6:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Averett
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Otterbein
Audio
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Thiel
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Knox at Illinois College
Video Live stats
10:00 PM
Whittier at Cal Lutheran
Video Live stats
Cancelled
Occidental at Pomona-Pitzer
Oct. 16: All times Eastern
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
Box Score Recap
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Johns Hopkins
Video Video Live stats Live stats
Oct. 21: All times Eastern
1:00 PM
Rowan at Wesley
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Montclair State at Frostburg State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at DePauw
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Catholic at Springfield
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Wilmington
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Marietta
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Washington and Jefferson
Video Live stats Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Texas Lutheran
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Belhaven at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Thomas at Hamline
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at Concordia-Moorhead
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Berry at Millsaps
Audio
2:00 PM
Wartburg at Luther
Video Live stats
2:10 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-La Crosse
Video Live stats Audio Audio
3:00 PM
Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
Video Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Hartwick at Brockport
Video Live stats
4:30 PM
George Fox at Linfield
Video Live stats Preview
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats