November 23, 2013

Royals Rout St. Scholastica 70-13 in NCAA Playoff Game

More news about: Bethel

Box Score  | Video Highlights

MINNEAPOLIS—Bethel University's football team made a statement in Saturday's opening round game of the NCAA Division III Championships, as they upended St. Scholastica on the Mall of America Field 70-13. That statement was that the Royals (11-0, 8-0 MIAC) have no intention of leaving the postseason anytime soon.
 
BU held the opposing Saints (9-2, 9-0 UMAC) to 188 total yards of offense, including just 37 to running back Jake Jensen, who was averaging 125.5 yards per game before Saturday. Meanwhile, Bethel tallied 530 yards of offense on 78 total plays—scoring a touchdown on nine consecutive drives.

Erik Peterson just missed breaking his own record for single-game completion percentage, as Bethel's junior quarterback ended Saturday's contest 25-of-27 (92.6 percent) for 300 yards passing and four touchdowns. Despite not breaking the single-game completion percentage record for the second time, Peterson did break a different record, as he now holds the best mark at BU for yards thrown in a single season. The Orono, Minn., native's performance Saturday pushed him to 2,795 total yards in 2013, which tops the previous record of 2,687 set by Matt Lundeen in 1997. Peterson is also seven completions away from the single-season completions record.
 
Peterson targeted 10 different receivers—the most this season—with Mitch Hallstrom and Jay Hilbrands leading the charge. Hilbrands caught Peterson's first touchdown on a 16-yard grab in the first quarter and ended with five catches for 57 yards. Hallstrom compiled four catches and 80 yards, while hauling in two TD's in the second half to finish the competition with eight receptions, 127 yards and two touchdowns. Jared Schultz, Grant Mitchell, and Jesse Phenow each had three catches.
 
The Royals had exceptional production from the ground game as well, finishing with 213 yards on 47 carries—resulting in a 4.5 yard per carry average. Brandon Marquardt carried the ball 15 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns—all three in the first half. Marquardt's sidekick, Marshall Klitzke surged into the end zone twice as well.
 
Bethel's defense was in lockdown mode all afternoon. In addition to just 188 yards allowed, the Royals forced three CSS turnovers—opposed to none for BU—broke up five passes, and hurried the quarterback twice. Furthermore, seven of the Royals' 62 tackles went for a total loss of 30 yards.

Luke Buttenhoff and Seth Mathis each tallied nine tackles. Buttenhoff collected 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a total loss of 21 yards, while also batting down two passes and hurrying CSS quarterback, Tyler Harper. Seth Mathis and Matt Mehlhorn each recorded an interception. Mathis's was his fifth of the year and 10th in the last two seasons, whereas Mehlhorn took his third of the year all the way back to the Saints one-yard line—setting up a Marshall Klitzke one-yard TD. Mehlhorn has amassed 135 yards on interception returns.
 
The Royals owned the Saints in total time of possession—claiming a 15:12 advantage throughout the 60 minutes of play. Additionally, St. Scholastica was forced to punt nine times, compared to Bethel's three. Finally, CSS was charged five penalties, opposed to BU's three.
 
With Saturday's triumphant win, the Royals will play host to Wartburg College—a team they faced on the opening weekend of both the 2012 and 2013 season, as well as the 2010 NCAA Division III Playoffs. The Knights defeated Illinois Wesleyan 41-7 on the road Saturday. Opening kickoff is scheduled for noon this Saturday at Royal Stadium. 

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Tex. A&M-Commerce
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Ursinus at TCNJ
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
Video
7:30 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
Waldorf at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
12:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
12:00 PM
Cortland State at Buffalo State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton State
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Adrian at Defiance
Live Stats
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
Audio
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
Audio
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
Audio
2:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Austin
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Audio
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Ripon at St. Scholastica
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
Video
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
Audio
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
4:00 PM
College of Idaho at Pacific
4:30 PM
Arizona Christian at George Fox
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Denison at Earlham
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
Audio
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:30 PM
Central at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
Live Stats Audio
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
Audio
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats Audio
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading