/seasons/2012/contrib/20121013k6fp9p

Ball-control, defensive pressure fuel big UST win

More news about: St. Thomas
Pete Fitzsimmons finished with just four catches for 44 yards but had a huge grab at the 5-yard line to set up St. Thomas' last score of the first half.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com
More photos from this game

A tight battle and close finish expected of two top-10 ranked and unbeatens never materialized Saturday in St. Paul. The Tommies jumped off to an early lead and never looked back in Saturday's 37-0 Homecoming football win over No. 9 Bethel.

The victory gave No. 4 St. Thomas (6-0, 4-0 MIAC) sole possession of first place at the halfway point in the conference race. It also left the Royals (5-1, 3-1) in a virtual three-way tie for second with Augsburg and Concordia, which also have one loss.

The Tommies now have won 30 consecutive regular-season games, 23 in a row in the MIAC, and 11 in a row at home. Their only loss in their last 27 at home came 12-7 at the hands of Bethel in a NCAA Division III quarterfinal playoff game in December 2010.

It also was St. Thomas' most consistent performance of the year on both sides of the ball.

The UST defense again suffocated an opponent's running attack. The Royals came into the game averaging 135 yards on the ground but could muster only 31 yards on 17 carries, and they finished 1-for-11 on third-down convensions.

The UST controlled the ball for nearly 41 minutes, including a 22:24 to 7:36 advantage in the first half and had only one fumble after six turnovers against Gustavus last week. The Tommies also had a season-low four penalties for 30 yards after averaging 82 penalty yards a game.

Junior linebacker Harry Pitera had four solo tackles, a sack and a partially-blocked punt to lead the balanced defense.

St. Thomas scored on four of its first five possessions while the defense held the Royals to five three-and-out possessions, 16 plays, no first downs and 18 yards from scrimmage in building a 24-0 halftime lead.

Aaron Terrell-Byrd's 1-yard run gave the Tommies a 7-0 lead, the drive kept alive after a Garrett Maloney punt bounced off a Bethel player's foot and Ryan Deitz recovered at the Royals' 14. It was the sixth straight game in which St. Thomas has scored on its first series.

Wide receiver Dan Noehring recovered Matt O'Connell's fumble in the end zone to extend the lead to 14-0. O'Connell had run 14 yards to the goal line, where a defender jarred the ball loose and Noehring fell on it. It was the game's longest run for the sophomore quarterback, who finished with 89 yards on 20 rushes and completed 19 of 31 passes for 163 yards.

The Tommies took more than six minutes off the clock in the second quarter before settling for a Griffin Snyder 32-yard field goal to extend their lead to 17-0, and then O'Connell worked his last-minute magic again.

A week ago against Gustavus, he marched the Tommies 43 yards and completed a touchdown pass with 4.8 seconds to go. Saturday, he rolled out and completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cole Kelly with 8.8 seconds remaining. That capped a 13-play, 57-yard drive for a 24-0 lead. It was the first career reception for Kelly, a sophomore tight end.

St. Thomas never let the Royals get on track offensively. They didn't record a first down until four minutes into the second half and got no deeper into St. Thomas territory than the 46-yard line.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, but the Tommies added two touchdowns in the fourth. Brenton Braddock finished a 13-play, 79-yard drive with a 1-yard run, and two backup linebackers joined forces to come up with the final six points. Cavan Metzler hit Bethel quarterback Erik Peterson at midfield and Steve Dejewski picked off the wobbly pass and ran it in from the Royals' 49.

St. Thomas goes on the road next Saturday, traveling to Hamline to face the Pipers. They fell to 1-5 (0-5 MIAC) after losing 63-14 at Concordia on Saturday. The UST has back-to-back games with Augsburg and Concordia-Moorhead before closing the regular season against St. Olaf.

Click here for box score:

http://www.tommiesports.com/ftbl/stats/fb-10-13.htm

Oct. 19: All times Eastern
Final
Martin Luther 21, at Northwestern (Minn.) 6
Video Box Score Recap
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at Stevenson 33, Wilkes 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at RPI 31, Hobart 24
Video
Final
at MIT 13, Coast Guard 0
Video Box Score
Final
Norwich 15, at Maine Maritime 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Moravian 31, Juniata 14
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Dean 53, Gallaudet 21
Video Box Score
Final
Endicott 45, at Becker 13
Video Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 24, at Montclair State 17
Video
Final
SUNY-Maritime 68, at Castleton 41
Video Box Score
Final
at Trinity (Texas) 28, Sewanee 14
Video Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 51, at Gettysburg 14
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
N.C. Wesleyan 29, at Brevard 21
Video Box Score
Final
at Misericordia 37, FDU-Florham 33
Video
Final
Union 29, at St. Lawrence 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Ithaca 28, Rochester 3
Video Box Score
Final
at Colby 23, Hamilton 21
Video Box Score
Final
at Middlebury 35, Bates 34
Video Box Score
Final
Trinity (Conn.) 48, at Bowdoin 6
Video Box Score
Final
Springfield 23, at Catholic 11
Video Box Score
Final
Amherst 33, at Wesleyan 3
Video Box Score
Final
at Plymouth State 17, Massachusetts Maritime 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Husson 54, Anna Maria 14
Box Score
Final
TCNJ 13, at Kean 8
Video Box Score
Final
Carnegie Mellon 41, at Thiel 7
Video Box Score
Final
Salve Regina 30, at Curry 21
Video
Halftime
23 King's
13 Albright
Video Live stats
Final
Trine 31, at Finlandia 0
Video
Final - OT
Susquehanna 41, at Ursinus 35
Video Video Box Score
Final
Delaware Valley 52, at Lebanon Valley 7
Video
Final
at Western New England 70, University of New England 13
Video Box Score
Final
Franklin and Marshall 35, at Dickinson 14
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Wittenberg 38, DePauw 23
Box Score
Final
at Emory and Henry 52, Shenandoah 50
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Wabash 32, Oberlin 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Westminster (Pa.) 27, Washington and Jefferson 20
Video
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 38, Guilford 35
Box Score
Final - 2OT
at Randolph-Macon 44, Bridgewater 41
Video Box Score Audio Audio
Final
Cortland 56, at Hartwick 3
Final
at Denison 27, Ohio Wesleyan 10
Video
Final
Waynesburg 12, at St. Vincent 10
Video
Final
Salisbury 33, at Southern Virginia 0
Video Box Score
Final
at Methodist 42, Greensboro 6
Video Box Score
Final
Christopher Newport 39, at William Paterson 10
Video
Start of 4th
35 Albion
35 Adrian
Video Live stats Audio Preview Tickets
Final
Thomas More 35, at St. Scholastica 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Westminster (Mo.) 25, Minnesota-Morris 7
Video Box Score
Final
Lake Forest 24, at Grinnell 0
Video Video
Final
at Greenville 41, Crown 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Merchant Marine 25, WPI 24
Video Box Score
4th - 3:57
24 Marietta
27 John Carroll
Video Live stats
Final
at Tufts 28, Williams 21
Video Box Score
Final
Ohio Northern 49, at Capital 46
Video Photos
Final
Baldwin Wallace 35, at Wilmington 33
Video Box Score
Final
at Mount Union 54, Heidelberg 0
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Lycoming 52, Alvernia 0
Video
Final
at Rose-Hulman 44, Anderson 6
Box Score Video
Final
at Franklin 64, Earlham 20
Video Box Score
Final
Hanover 48, at Manchester 14
Video Box Score
Final
Mount St. Joseph 20, at Defiance 0
Video Box Score
Halftime
16 Alfred
13 Utica
Video Live stats
4th - 14:44
24 Maryville (Tenn.)
9 LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Framingham State at Westfield State
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. John Fisher
Video Live stats Audio
4th - 05:19
14 Otterbein
14 Muskingum
Live stats Audio Video
Halftime
7 Millsaps
6 Berry
Video Live stats Audio
6:11 4th
12 McDaniel
42 Muhlenberg
Video Video Preview Live stats
4th - 6:24
27 Wesley
28 Rowan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
3rd - 04:12
14 Hiram
14 Wooster
Video Preview Live stats Audio
Halftime
34 Allegheny
3 Kenyon
Video Live stats Audio
Halftime
7 Luther
17 Nebraska Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
Final
Wheaton (Ill.) 20, at Augustana 3
Video
End of 3rd
6 Benedictine
50 Eureka
Video Preview Live stats
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, at Belhaven 0
Video Box Score
4th - 10:54
0 Texas Lutheran
44 Hardin-Simmons
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Chicago at Beloit
Video Preview Live stats
4th - 12:15
20 Concordia-Chicago
38 Concordia (Wis.)
Video Live stats
4th - 02:49
25 Aurora
7 Rockford
Live stats Video
Halftime
0 Concordia-Moorhead
21 Bethel
Video Live stats Audio
4th - 12:33
38 Lakeland
12 Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Preview Live stats
10:54 4TH
7 St. Olaf
43 St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
0 Augsburg
35 Gustavus Adolphus
Video Live stats
3rd - 07:39
24 Dubuque
0 Buena Vista
Video Live stats
4th - 15:00
19 North Central (Ill.)
7 Carthage
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Macalester at Ripon
Video Live stats
Halftime
0 Cornell
44 Monmouth
Video Live stats
4th - 09:10
33 Loras
38 Simpson
Live stats Audio Video
2:00 PM
Illinois College at Knox
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Stevens Point
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Elmhurst
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at MacMurray
Live stats
4th - 06:23
39 UW-Eau Claire
16 UW-Platteville
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Chicago at Beloit
3:10 3Q
0 Carleton
62 St. Thomas
Video Live stats Audio Audio
3rd Quarter
14 Worcester State
34 Mass-Dartmouth
Video Preview Live stats
3rd - 7:44
6 Central
40 Wartburg
Video Live stats
Halftime
7 UW-La Crosse
17 UW-Oshkosh
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
Halftime
0 UW-River Falls
31 UW-Whitewater
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
Austin at Birmingham-Southern
Video Live stats
End of 2nd
28 Centre
7 Rhodes
Video Recap
3:00 PM
North Park at Carroll
Video Live stats
End of 2nd
3 Alma
3 Kalamazoo
Video Preview Live stats
3:30 PM
Willamette at Pacific Lutheran
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Buffalo State at Brockport
Video Live stats
1Q 9:04
0 Huntingdon
7 Averett
Video Video Live stats
1st - 01:52
14 Washington and Lee
6 Ferrum
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Pacific
Video Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1Q 2:39
14 Redlands
0 La Verne
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1st - 07:01
14 Whitworth
0 Puget Sound
Preview Audio Live stats Video
2nd - 14:52
7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
0 Occidental
Audio Live stats Video
4:30 PM
Linfield at George Fox
Video Preview Live stats Audio
5:00 PM
Olivet at Hope
Video Preview Live stats
6:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Sul Ross State
Video Live stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Washington U.
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
St. Norbert at Lawrence
Video
10:00 PM
Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer
Video Live stats
10:00 PM
Chapman at Cal Lutheran
Video Preview Live stats
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
Final
Frostburg State 24, at Montclair State 17
Video
Final
at RPI 31, Hobart 24
Video
Final
Trine 31, at Finlandia 0
Video
Final
at Wittenberg 38, DePauw 23
Box Score
Final
at Westminster (Pa.) 27, Washington and Jefferson 20
Video
Final
Delaware Valley 52, at Lebanon Valley 7
Video
Final
Johns Hopkins 51, at Gettysburg 14
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Mount Union 54, Heidelberg 0
Video Box Score Photos
4th - 3:57
24 Marietta
27 John Carroll
Live stats Video
Halftime
7 Millsaps
6 Berry
Video Live stats Audio
4th - 6:24
27 Wesley
28 Rowan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
6:11 4th
12 McDaniel
42 Muhlenberg
Live stats Video Video Preview
Halftime
7 Wheaton (Ill.)
0 Augustana
Video Live stats Audio
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 49, at Belhaven 0
Video Box Score
10:54 4TH
7 St. Olaf
43 St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
4th - 10:54
0 Texas Lutheran
44 Hardin-Simmons
Video Live stats
4th - 15:00
19 North Central (Ill.)
7 Carthage
Video Live stats Audio
3:10 3Q
0 Carleton
62 St. Thomas
Video Live stats Audio Audio
Halftime
7 UW-La Crosse
17 UW-Oshkosh
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
Halftime
0 UW-River Falls
31 UW-Whitewater
Video Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Buffalo State at Brockport
Video Live stats
1st - 07:01
14 Whitworth
0 Puget Sound
Preview Audio Live stats Video
4:30 PM
Linfield at George Fox
Video Preview Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Washington U.
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio