September 24, 2011

Gustavus Drops MIAC Opener 44-26 To St. Olaf

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In a track meet of a second half, the Gustavus football just couldn't keep stride with St. Olaf, as the Oles used a 28-point final 30 minutes to defeat the Gusties 44-26 on Saturday afternoon in Northfield, Minn.  Despite scoring its highest point-total of the season, Gustavus allowed 555 yards of total offense and were just 3-of-10 on third downs in the contest.  Gustavus falls to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the MIAC with the loss, while St. Olaf improves to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the MIAC.

Jeffrey Dubose led the Gustavus offense with three touchdowns (2 run, 1 pass). Dubose had 58 yards on 11 carries in the game.

St. Olaf quarterback Dan Dobson was the story of the game, standing out in the box score with five touchdowns (4 pass, 1 run) on the day.  Dobson was 19-for-36 for 259 yards through the air, while running for a game-high 139 yards on 11 carries (12.6 ypr).

The Gusties got off to a slow start, trailing 10-0 by the start of the second quarter following a Dobson to Jake Schmiesing 14-yard touchdown and a Jason Obarski 35-yard field goal.

Senior cornerback Dan Optiz provided the spark Gustavus needed at the 12:02 mark of the second quarter, coming off the edge to block a punt and recover it in the endzone for Gustavus' first score of the game (10-7).  The block by Opitz was Gustavus' first of the season and is the first since Oct. 30, 2010 against St. Thomas.

The Gustavus defense forced a punt on St. Olaf's next possession and the offense kept the ball rolling, putting together a quick six-play, 77-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 15-yard touchdown scamper by running back Jeffrey Dubose.  Tom Huepenbecker added the extra point and Gustavus had its first lead at 14-10.

The Oles would answer late in the second quarter when Dobson connected on a fade to Stephen Asp from the five-yard-line, giving St. Olaf back the lead at 16-14.  Asp scored two touchdowns on the day and would lead the Oles in receiving with 94 yards on four catches.

St. Olaf opened the second half scoring up with a 21-yard field goal to extend its lead to 19-14 by the 7:50 mark of the third quarter.  Disaster struck for the Gusties less than two minutes later when Huepenbecker's punt was blocked and recovered by the Oles on the Gustavus 10-yard-line.  Dobson found Jake Schmiesing on the next play for the 10-yard touchdown pass, putting the Oles up 25-14.

Alec Saunders led the defense in tackles for the second-straight game, recording a game-high 10 aginst St. Olaf.

Gustavus responded on the ensuing possession, putting together a nine-play, 78-yard scoring drive following the Schmiesing touchdown to cut the lead to 25-20.  Jeffrey Dubose ran in his second rushing touchdown of the game, bursting through a big hole off tackle from 20 yards out.  Dubose carried 11 times for 58 yards (5.3 ypr) in the game.

Dobson put the nail in the coffin on St. Olaf's next two possessions.  Following the Dubose score, he hooked up with Asp on a 64-yard touchdown pass that extended the lead to 31-20.  After Gustavus was forced to punt on the next possession, Dobson broke free down the sidelines two plays later to score on a 70-yard run (37-20).

Logan Becker hit Dubose out of the backfield for a 20-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to bring the game to a final at 44-26.  Becker finished the game 17-of-29 for 165 yards with one touchdown and one interception through the air.  He was also Gustavus' leading rusher with 76 yards on 12 carries (6.3 ypr).

Muresuk Mena was Gustavus' leading receiver, bringing in four catches for a game-high 115 yards.  Andre Creighton had four catches for 30 yards, while Elliott Herdina was limited to just two grabs for -5.

St. Olaf dominated time of possession 36:09 to 23:51 in the game.  Gustavus was 3-for-3 in the red zone, yet the Oles were 6-for-6 with four touchdowns and three field goals.

Alec Saunders led the defense for the second straight game with a game-high 10 tackles (3 solo, 7 asst.).  Brad Kruckeberg recorded six tackles (3 solo, 3 asst.) and had an interception in the middle of the second quarter, putting an end to a threatening drive by picking off a Dobson pass in the end zone for a touchback.

The Gustavus football team will look to bounce back on Homecoming next weekend in St. Peter, when the Gusties take on Concordia at 1:30 p.m. at Hollingsworth Field.

Box Score

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
7:00 PM
Denison at Marietta
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
8:30 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
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