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ISSUE 119 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 9/30/2005

Oles remain undefeated: Offense leads way in rout of Macalester

By Joel Stjernholm
Contributing Writer

Friday, September 30, 2005

The St. Olaf football team thoroughly trounced non-conference opponent Macalester College Saturday in a one-sided 71-10 victory. With their win over the Scots, the Oles improved their overall record to 3-0.

St. Olaf started quickly on offense, scoring first on a two-yard touchdown run by fullback Ben Roff '08 just two minutes into the first quarter.

Macalester responded minutes later with a field goal, but would not score again until late in the fourth quarter. Between Macalester's two scores, St. Olaf would score eight offensive touchdowns and one defensive touchdown.

The St. Olaf offense made short work of Macalester's defense, amassing an impressive 643 yards of total offense, most of which were gained using their running game. Altogether, 12 Oles carried the ball against Macalester, earning 426 yards on the ground.

Tailback Bobby Andrade '07 led St. Olaf's rushing attack, running for 90 yards on nine carries and scoring four touchdowns. Quarterback Jason Wilsey '06 earned 63 yards on five carries, and tailback Marc Olson '07 carried the ball seven times for 58 yards.

The Oles also earned 217 yards through the air, led by Wilsey, who connected with receivers for 11 completions on 18 attempts, including one touchdown throw to tailback Jay Higgins '08.

Tight end Brandon Joyce '07 led the receiving corps with two catches for 46 yards, followed by Jeremy Lund '07 with two catches for 44 yards and Horace Gant '08, who caught four passes for 38 yards. Backup quarterback Matt Penz '08 was perfect in the pocket, completing all three of his passing attempts for 50 yards.

In addition to their strong offensive play, the Oles demonstrated why their defense might be one of the stingiest in the MIAC, holding Macalester's offense to just 217 yards and forcing six turnovers.

Cornerback Deontae Hutchins '08 led St. Olaf's defense with 4.5 tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Safety Peter St. Lawrence '07 made 2.5 tackles and defended three passes, while cornerback Matt Dean '06 earned 3.5 tackles and intercepted one pass.

While a number of Oles put forth solid individual efforts, the Oles' entire defensive unit restricted Macalester to just 35 yards rushing on 30 rushing attempts, holding the Scots to a paltry 1.2 yards per rushing attempt.

The Oles will be put to the test in their upcoming Saturday contest against St. Thomas.

The Tommies boast one of the best defenses in the MIAC and are coming off of a 53-17 victory over Augsburg. Last year, the Tommies beat St. Olaf 24-21 and scored two defensive touchdowns.

This weekend's homecoming game against St. Thomas on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Manitou Field.

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