St. Olafs defense put forth its best performance of the year, holding Augsburg to only 301 yards of total offense, including a mere 42 yards on the ground. Captain John Davis 06 lead the defense with 8 tackles, including one tackle for a 13-yard loss and two interceptions. Cornerback Matt Dean 06 recorded 7.5 tackles, with safety Dan Klopp 06 earning 4.5 tackles and defending two passes.
It was great to finally have the defense come together, defensive end Ben Veach 07 said. We finally put up a goose egg. And it was good to play well for the seniors. Everyone got into the game.
True to form, St. Olafs offense had no trouble scoring against Augsburg, tallying 35 first half points, including 28 in the first quarter. Quarterback Jason Wilsey 06 led the offense with 381 passing yards on 22 completions. Wilsey also caught a pass from wide receiver Andrew Schmesing 08 for a 22 yard gain.
Schmesing led the Oles in receiving, earning 207 yards on eight receptions, scoring three touchdowns. Wide receiver Preston St. John 08 caught four passes for 64 yards, with receiver Horace Gant 08 pulling in three catches for 53 yards. Running back Jay Higgins 08 caught five passes out of the backfield for 54 yards.
Chris Feehan 07 led St. Olafs rushing attack, carrying the ball 11 times for 63 yards. Higgins earned 47 yards on five carries, and Evan Endsley 09 added 83 yards on only three carries.
Though the game might have belonged to the Oles, the day belonged to Wilsey. With his performance against Augsburg, Wilsey broke St. Olafs single season passing record, accumulating 2,591 yards through the air. Wilsey finishes the season having completed nearly 62 percent of his passes, thowing 26 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. His 284-yards/game passing average makes him the top-rated offensive player in the MIAC. With a quarterback rating of 162.52, Wilsey is also the MIACs top passer. The Oles have gone 15-5 with Wilsey as the starter the past two seasons.
Our quarterback was great, Gant said. Best in the MIAC, no doubt. In addition to his playing abilities, teammates also praised Wilsey for the leadership he has demonstrated both on and off the field.
He dedicated himself to the season, said tackle Jeremy Thomas 07. Every time he came to the huddle, he was confident in himself, and in us.
With the departure of so many talented seniors, including Wilsey, Dean, Davis, Pete Cathcart, Trey Williams, Tony De La Hunt and Andre Conner, the Oles will count on a solid group of younger players to step into key roles next season.
The departing Oles are confident that their younger teammates will continue the winning tradition they have established.