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Football storms past Auggies, now 5-0

Photo by Caleb Williams,
Photo by Caleb Williams,

Senior RB Josh Parks had 201 yards of rushing and receiving yards and two touchdowns on just 15 touches and the No. 3-ranked Tommies (5-0 overall, 3-0 MIAC) scored the game's final 52 points in Saturday's 73-14 MIAC football victory over Augsburg (2-4, 0-4) at O'Shaughnessy Stadium.

St. Thomas, which outgained Augsburg 538 to 169 in offensive yards, ran its win streak over conference opponents to 31 in what was also Glenn Caruso's 150th game as a college head coach. Caruso, who coached 18 games over two seasons at Macalester, improved to 118-14 in his last 11 seasons at St. Thomas (76-9 against MIAC opponents).

The Tommies scored two return touchdowns, had no offensive turnovers, recorded seven sacks among 17 tackles for loss, and limited the Auggies to minus-21 net rushing yards on 27 attempts. They forced eight Augsburg punts and limited the vistors to 2-of-13 on third-down conversions.

Augsburg converted its lone red-zone chance of the game, just the second red-zone scoring chance allowed this season by St. Thomas in 72 opponent possessions.

In a 1:42 span late in the second quarter, sophomore Tom Loeffler had a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown and freshman backup Luke Glenna had a 73-yard interception return.

Glenna added a second intercetion and had a forced fumble on special teams. Senior Mark Dowdle had 2.5 sacks and Peder Olson had an interception to lead a balanced UST defense.

In their 5-0 start, the Tommies have scored nine defensive or special teams touchdowns, and have 19 takeaways, plus 25 rushing TDs to none for opponents.

Parks ran 61 yards for a score on the game's second play. Senior QB Jacques Perra completed 12-of-14 passes for 151 yards and two TDs with no interceptions. Perra has completed 74 percent of his passes this season (59-of-80) for 736 yards in just 11 quarters of play. Vinny Pallini kicked a career-long 42-yard field goal and caught three passes for 56 yards.

Augsburg's Nick Heenie caught nine passes for 148 yards, and scored touchdowns of 65 and 15 yards. 

St. Thomas plays at St. John's next Saturday in a battle of top-10 ranked unbeatens.