Reporting Jeff Wald
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It was unfamiliar territory for both St. Thomas and St. John’s at O’Shaughnessy Stadium in St. Paul on Saturday.
Both teams were expecting a tough battle and a close game that usually comes when two great rivals take the field. Saturday’s game was all but a formality by the halftime horn as the Tommies had a 49-0 lead on the way to a 63-7 win in front of more than 10,000 people.
St. Thomas shattered its record mark last year of more than 8,100 people that attended the homecoming game. Officials estimated after that 10,420 attended the game.
The St. Thomas offense ran on all cylinders Saturday as Dakota Tracy passed for five touchdown passes. Three of those went to senior All-American Fritz Waldvogel, who finished with 131 yards receiving. Tracy finished with 13 completions for 193 yards in the win. Waldvogel finished with 141 yards to become the St. Thomas all-time leader in total yards with 6,178.
Colin Tobin also racked up 146 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns. The special teams unit also had a big day with a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown in the first half. The Tommies led 63-0 before they pulled their starters for most of the fourth quarter.
Tony Danna led the St. Thomas defense with 10 tackles and two sacks. Will Baregi also had seven tackles and a sack as the Tommies defense got two interceptions and forced a fumble. The Tommies had eight sacks and 13 tackles for a loss in the victory.
It was St. Thomas’s first victory over St. John’s at home since 1992 and the first time the Tommies have won two straight games against the Johnnies since 1986-87. It was also the largest margin of victory St. Thomas has ever had over St. John’s, and it was the second-most points in MIAC play the Johnnies have ever allowed.