September 14, 2013

MIAC football teams combine for 5-1 record in Week 2

September 14, 2013 - http://www.miacathletics.com/sports/fball/2013-14/releases/091413_fb_recap

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (MIAC) successful start to the 2013 football season continued in Week 2, with five of the MIAC's six teams defeating nonconference opponents. After starting 7-0 in Week 1, the conference improved to 12-1 overall thus far.

The second week marked the season debut of sixth-ranked Bethel and Gustavus, who were both idle a week ago. Both opened on their home fields with victories Saturday. The Royals scored a 30-17 victory over Wartburg, while the Gusties earned a 28-21 win over Simpson as both began the 2013 campaign with 1-0 records.

The MIAC's big weekend started Thursday, as second-ranked St. Thomas went on the road and defeated UW-River Falls in a hard-fought game, 25-7. The Tommies are now 2-0, and are in search of an unprecedented fourth-straight 10-0 regular season. (RV) Concordia improved to 2-0 with a 21-13 road win at Buena Vista. Saint John's got new Head Coach Gary Fasching his second straight win with a 17-14 home victory over UW-Eau Claire. St. Olaf was the MIAC's only team to suffer defeat Saturday, falling by a touchdown on the road at Luther, 20-13.

With both Bethel and Gustavus winning this week, all nine MIAC schools started the season 1-0. UST, Concordia and SJU are both 2-0 after two weeks, while Bethel, Gustavus, Augsburg, Carleton and Hamline are 1-0, with the Oles at 1-1. The Auggies, Knights and Pipers were all idle this week. The MIAC's 12-1 start helped the conference improve to 28-3 against nonconference competition in 2012 and 2013.

The MIAC's top individual performers from week one are listed below, as well as links to box scores and coverage from all the action in a busy and successful first week of action in the conference. Nonconference play continues this week, with conference play set to begin on Saturday, Sept. 21. Fans can follow the action all season long on the MIAC football scoreboard, or by downloading the MIAC app for Apple or Android devices.

MIAC Top Performers - Week 2
Matt O'Connell, QB, St. Thomas, 260 passing yards
Garrett Maloney, P, St. Thomas, 3 punts, 43.3 average, 1 inside 20
Steve Dejewski, LB, St. Thomas, 2.0 TFL, sack, FF
Brandon Marquardt, RB, Bethel, 109 rushing yards, 2 TD
Erik Peterson, QB, Bethel, 25-of-36 passing, 311 yards
Seth Mathis, LB, Bethel, 13 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 0.5 TFL
Brandon Zylstra, WR, Concordia, 4 catches, 122 yards, TD
Griffin Neal, QB, Concordia, 147 passing yards, TD
Nate Adams, DE, Concordia, 9 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2.5 TFL, FR
Connor Bruns, QB, Saint John's, 236 passing yards, 2 TD
Josh Bungum, WR, Saint John's, 8 catches, 158 yards, TD
Reid Bjorklund, LB, Saint John's, 12 tackles, 2 FR
Mitch Hendricks, QB, Gustavus, 222 passing yards, 57 rushing yards, 2 TD
Jeffrey Dubose, RB, Gustavus, 75 rushing yards, 2 TD
Joe Haas, LB, Gustavus, 10 tackles, FF, FR
Collin Brown, DL, St. Olaf, 11 tackles, 3.0 TFL
Eric Tusa, K, St. Olaf, 2-2 FG (45, 19 yards), 1-1 PAT

MIAC Football - Week 2
No. 2 St. Thomas 25, UW-River Falls 7 | Box Score | UST Recap |
No. 6 Bethel 30, Wartburg 17 | Box Score | BU Recap |
(RV) Concordia 21, Buena Vista 13 | Box Score | CON Recap |
Saint John's 17, UW-Eau Claire 14 | Box Score | SJU Recap |
Gustavus 28, Simpson 21 | Box Score | GAC Recap |
Luther 20, St. Olaf 13 | Box Score | STO Recap |
Idle: (RV) Augsburg, Hamline, Carleton

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