November 12, 2012

MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week

MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week

 

Brett Baune, Concordia
Fargo, N.D. / South


Concordia star Brett Baune (Fargo, N.D./South) has been a big reason for his team's success during his career, so it was fitting that Saturday he closed his career in grand fashion. The Cobber running back not only led his team to a season-ending victory with a big performance, but his three touchdowns also helped him ascend to the top of the career leader board with the most TDs in Concordia school history. For his role in the win, and his record-setting performance, Baune was named the final MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week for the 2012 season, his second such honor this year.


Baune's three-touchdown day helped power Concordia to a 29-10 win over Gustavus in St. Peter Saturday, and boosted his career total to 34. Ironically, the previous record of 33 was set by Baune's head coach, Terry Horan, in his playing days for the Cobbers. Baune's three scores Saturday were part of a 19-carry, 77-yard day that also featured a reception and a kick return for 11 yards. This season, Baune was just one of two players in the MIAC to average more than 100 yards per game on the ground (107.0 average), as he rushed for 963 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games with an average of 5.4 yards per carry. He ranked second in yards per game and rushing TDs, and third in total rushing yards.

The big year from Baune helped Concordia finish in a second-place tie in the MIAC with an 8-2 overall record and a 6-2 conference mark. The Cobbers finished the season ranked No. 22 in both the AFCA Coaches' Poll and the D3football.com Top 25. Concordia's only two losses were to No. 3 St. Thomas and No. 21 Bethel, and the Cobbers were ranked as high as No. 16 in 2012.

MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week

 

Ayo Idowu, St. Thomas
Woodbury, Minn. / Woodbury

Saturday, St. Thomas locked up its third-straight undefeated regular season with a 35-21 home win over a good St. Olaf team, with the defense doing a great job against the Oles' vaunted offensive attack. Leading the way was senior Ayo Idowu (Woodbury, Minn.), who continued his great season with several big plays in the win. Idowu helped the Tommies keep St. Olaf QB Dan Dobson in check for most of the game, and created a turnover and a few more plays behind the line of scrimmage to help UST complete its 10-0 campaign. For his performance, Idowu was named the final MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week of the 2012 season.

Idowu's full stat line Saturday featured six total tackles (three solo), 1.5 sacks, 2.0 tackles-for-a-loss and a forced fumble. One of his Tommie teammates recovered Idowu's forced fumble in St. Olaf territory, and it led to a St. Thomas touchdown just two plays later. All season long, Idowu has created big plays along the Tommie defensive line, as his 13 tackles-for-a-loss lead the MIAC, and his five sacks rank No. 2. He also has 40 total tackles - 25 solo - one forced fumble and three pass breakups to his credit.

St. Thomas' perfect season marks the first time in MIAC history a team has gone undefeated in the regular season three times in a row. UST (10-0, 9-0) finished the regular season ranked third in Division III in the AFCA Coaches' Poll, and fourth in the D3football.com Top 25. St. Thomas won its third-straight MIAC championship and the league's automatic bid to the Division III Playoffs, where it will open Saturday with a home game against St. Norbert College at 12 p.m.

MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week

 

Jimmie Mattson, Saint John's
Eau Claire, Wis. / Memorial

Saint John's nearly ended its season with an upset of Playoff-bound Bethel, coming up just short on the road Saturday in a 27-22 loss. The Johnnies were right with the Royals thanks partly to another great kicking day by Jimmie Mattson (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial) who closed his career with a magnificent performance. Mattson had a perfect placekicking performance, going 3-for-3 on field goals and drilling his only PAT, and his kickoffs were a weapon in the field position battle. For his performance, Mattson was named the final MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week for the 2012 season. Mattson's latest MIAC weekly honor is his second in a row, third of the 2012 season, and the sixth of his career.

Saturday, Mattson became the first Johnnie to make three field goals in a game since 1990. He started with more than enough distance on a season-best 49-yard field goal that tied the game at 3-3, and he also nailed a 44-yard attempt in the second quarter, and a 29-yard try in the third. He was also good on his only PAT of the day, and averaged 63.8 yards on five kickoffs with a pair of touchbacks. This season, Mattson led MIAC kickers with 70 points and nine field goals, and he finished just one PAT behind the league leader after going a perfect 43-for-43 on extra points as a senior. Mattson averaged 63.3 yards on 57 kickoffs, including 33 touchbacks.

The final-day loss concluded another .500 season for the Johnnies - their 60th under head coach John Gagliardi - as Mattson and his teammates went 5-5 overall. SJU was 3-5 in MIAC play and finished sixth in the conference standings. Saint John's finished strong, winning four of its last five games, and was a perfect 2-0 against nonconference foes in 2012.

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
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
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
TBA
Endicott at Framingham State
TBA
Kean at Christopher Newport
TBA
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
TBA
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
TBA
Marietta at Denison
TBA
McDaniel at Catholic
TBA
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
TBA
UW-Platteville at George Fox
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
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
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
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
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
La Verne at Puget Sound
Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
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
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hanover at Centre
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
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
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
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
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