Offense clicks, Football moves to 3-0 MIAC start

Offense clicks, Football moves to 3-0 MIAC start

No. 7-ranked Tommie Football scored five first-half touchdowns, as quarterback Jacques Perra completed 17 of his first 18 passes, in Saturday's 57-25 MIAC victory at Augsburg.

St. Thomas (4-1 overall, 3-0 MIAC) punted just once, recorded 32 first downs, and gained 514 offensive yards. That helped offset the explosive Auggie offense, which threw for 270 yards and connected on four TD aerials.

The Tommie defense had 12 tackles for loss -- two each by seniors Dylan Andrew and Austin Jochum -- and limited Augsburg to minus-27 net rushing yards. After five quarterback rush losses for 29 yards were subtracted, Augsburg running backs gained just two yards on 18 carries.

St. Thomas has allowed just six net rushing yards in its 3-0 conference start. In all five games-- since allowing a 65-yard scoring run to UW-Eau Claire in the opening series of the season -- opposing teams have rushed 136 times for 94 net yards.

Perra completed 21 of 26 passes for 247 yards and one interception. He threw a TD pass to Luke Iverson with just :03 left in the first half to build a 36-13 lead.

Vinny Pallini caught eight passes for 98 yards; Tucker Trettel rushed for 87 yards and two TDs; Jordan Roberts rushed for 68 yards and two TD; and Josh Parks rushed for 29 yards and a score.

Mark Dowdle blocked a PAT kick.

Saturday's win sets up an Oct. 7 battle of ranked teams as 4-0 Concordia-Moorhead visits UST's Palmer Field in a clash of MIAC unbeatens.