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UST football wins finale over Hamline, 19-13

November 11, 2000

Sat. Nov. 11, 2000

MIAC Football/at St. Thomas

St. Thomas 19

Hamline 13 Tommies edge Hamline, get sixth consecutive winning season Pipers halt Jake Barkley's MIAC record bid, streak of 100-yard games St. Thomas quarterback Nick Ambrasas (St. Paul/Arlington) threw a pair of first-half TD passes and the host Toms (6-4 overall, 6-3 MIAC) held off Hamline (2-8, 2-7) in the MIAC football season finale Saturday at O'Shaughnessy Stadium. In holding off the Pipers for the fifth year in a row, the Toms clinched their sixth winning season in a row and fifth consecutive top-three MIAC finish. It wasn't easy, though -- seven of the last nine UST-Hamline meetings have been decided by eight or fewer points. The game included four blocked PAT kicks and an extremely rare safety on a PAT return try that resulted in one point for Hamline. St. Thomas running back Jake Barkley (SO-Plymouth/Robbinsdale Armstrong) had his streak of consecutive 100-yard rushing games end at eight. He was held to 80 yards on 23 carries. He also finished 114 yards shy of breaking the MIAC season rushing record of 1,527 yards set in 1990 by UST's Gary Trettel. Barkley finished with 1,414 MIAC yards in nine games and 1,476 yards in all 10 season games. He now has 1,841 career rushing yards in 19 games with two seasons to play. Teammate Marcus Ludtke (SR-Albert Lea) gained 44 yards and finished his four-year career with 1,930 rushing yards. Ambrasas completed 14-of-25 passes for 192 yards with one interception. His 15-yard TD pass to Brian Brenberg (JR-Forest Lake) on the opening drive and a PAT kick by Brian Lynch (SO-Mpls./DeLaSalle) made it 7-0. Early in the second period, UST's Andrew Hilliard (SO-Woodbury) turned a short catch into a 50-yard scoring reception with an excellent run. The PAT kick was blocked and the lead was 13-0. Hamline scored on its next possession with a 60-yard TD pass from Tim Couchman to Tony Schumann, setting up the strangest play of the season. The PAT kick was blocked, but Couchman's desperation PAT pass off the rebound by the Pipers was intercepted. In its bid to get two points on the return, UST tried a lateral from the two-yard-line back into the end zone on its return. The Pipers tackled the Tommie and it resulted in a rare safety and one point to Hamline, making it 13-7. The Pipers drove 62 yards in eight plays to open the second half, capped by a two-yard TD run by Brandon Swenson, to tie the score at 13-13. But UST's Brent Nelson (JR-Hibbing) blocked the PAT kick for the second time. The Toms scored the eventual winning points early in the final quarter on a four-yard TD run by Phil Remes (SO-Northfield). That capped a 12-play, 62-yard drive. The PAT kick was blocked, keeping the lead six points. UST shut down the Pipers on their final six possessions. UST's Andy Kaiser (JR-Mora) sacked Couchman on 4th-and-7 at the Tommie 27 with 2:50 left to end the best Piper threat. see game stats here