Senior cornerback Michael Alada had his eighth and ninth interceptions of the season and also recovered a Gustavus fumble for a third takeaway in the No. 4-ranked Tommie Football's 40-6 road win over the Gusties in Saturday in MIAC play in St. Peter.
The Tommies (9-0 overall, 7-0 MIAC) secured at least a share of the conference championship with one game to go -- their fifth in the last seven seasons. That's the 401st regular-season MIAC championship for St. Thomas and fourth out of eight teams this fall season.
Coach Glenn Caruso's squad also locked up the conference's NCAA playoff berth making it seven trips in the last eight seasons.
St. Thomas has won 22 consecutive regular-season games and 10 in a row on the road. The Toms made it nine wins in a row against Gustavus.
The St. Thomas defense had seven sacks among 10 tackles for loss, and limited Gustavus to a net 128 yards of offense. UST has allowed just one touchdown over its last 10 quarters and gave up olky two field goals today to Gustavus (4-5, 3-4).
UST closes its regular season next Saturday at home against St. Olaf.