Eighth-rated St. John’s needed to break a losing streak to maintain its ranking. It did just that Saturday afternoon.
After racing to a two-touchdown lead, the Johnnies escaped with a 24-16 victory over Concordia (Moorhead) in a MIAC matchup at Jake Christiansen Stadium. It marked their first victory over Concordia (2-1 overall, 0-1 MIAC) since 2011.
It appeared Concordia might have a chance to tie the score when sophomore backup quarterback Michael Herzog threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Brandon Zylstra with 11 seconds remaining, but the play was nullified by an offensive pass interference call. Concordia ran only one more play following the penalty.
On Concordia’s previous possession, Johnnies junior safety Lucas Glomb intercepted a pass thrown by Zylstra in the end zone with 1 minute, 25 seconds left.
Senior running back Sam Sura ran for two touchdowns for St. John’s (3-0, 1-0) as did junior starting quarterback Alex Grove for Concordia. Sura rushed for 148 yards on 33 carries.
Bethel 49, St. Olaf 3: Freshman quarterback Trey Anderson threw three TD passes and ran for another score in the first half of his first collegiate start as the Royals (2-1, 1-0) raced to a 35-0 lead in downing the Oles (1-2, 0-1). Senior running back Marshall Klitzke carried the ball 16 times for 156 yards and two TDs. Bethel accumulated 523 yards of offense, St. Olaf 248.
Augsburg 54, Carleton 28: Senior quarterback Ayrton Scott and senior running back Tyrell Martin each rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns for the Auggies (2-1, 1-0) in a victory over the Knights (1-2, 0-1). Scott also completed 15 of 21 passes for 187 yards and three TDs. Augsburg finished with 534 yards of offense.
Gustavus 42, Hamline 35: The Gusties (3-0, 1-0) held on to beat the Pipers (2-0, 0-1) after building a three-touchdown lead in the third quarter in a matchup of unlikely unbeatens.