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ISSUE 118 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 10/1/2004

Football bounces back, beats Scots

By Ryan Maus
Sports Editor

Friday, October 1, 2004

One week removed from an embarrassing 36-point defeat at the hands of the Bethel Royals, the St. Olaf football team dealt out a little punishment of their own at Macalester on Saturday, routing the Scots 59-7.

Despite falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, the Oles scored 59 unanswered points to improve their overall record to 2-1 and drop the Scots to 0-3.

Horace Gant 08 initiated the Ole onslaught with 10:45 remaining in the first quarter, catching a 45-yard touchdown pass from Jason Wilsey 06. Wilsey, coming off a 10 for 24 61-yard passing performance against Bethel, completed nine of 14 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

Jason simply didnt get any protection against Bethel, head coach Chris Meidt said about his starting quarterback. If your quarterback doesnt get protection, hes not going to play well. Jason had time [on Saturday] and he was sharp.

Although the passing game was much improved from a week ago, it was St. Olafs running game that stole the show. Thirteen different Oles ran the ball a whopping 52 times, accumulating an impressive 401 total rushing yards. Bobby Andrade 07 lead the way with 88 yards on 10 carries, and Marc Olson 07 scored three touchdowns while tallying 52 yards on six carries. Ben Roff 08 also amassed 60 yards on the ground, including a 43-yard touchdown run.

The Ole defense also played extremely well, albeit against a Macalester team that won only one game all of last season. The Oles forced four turnovers and collected three sacks as they held the Scots scoreless for the games final 56 minutes.

Our goals [going into Saturdays game] were pretty clear: we had to tackle better on defense and protect the football on offense, Meidt said. We had to be more physical on both sides of the ball, and I think we definitely accomplished that.

Leading the teams defensive charge was linebacker John Davis 06. Davis, who had eight tackles and a sack on Saturday, has shown signs of becoming a defensive standout on a team that has struggled against potent offensives the past few years.

I think were really coming along defensively, Meidt said of his team, which had allowed 73 points in its previous two games. Weve identified who can do what, and now were trying to get them focused on getting it done.

St. Olaf now turns its focus to St. Thomas, who rallied with two fourth quarter touchdowns to defeat Augsburg 28-21. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Jensen, making his first collegiate start, led the Tommies by completing 21 of 34 passes for 258 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. Meidt knows that the Oles will have their work cut out for them on Saturday.

We have to stop the run first of all., Meidt said. St. Thomas has a young quarterback and weve got to stop the run so that the game rests on his shoulders.

The Oles will try to even their conference record at 1-1 when they take on the Tommies in St. Paul. The action gets underway at 1 p.m.

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