Tommies Blog: St. Thomas Routs St. John’s 63-7

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.

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  • Justin

    Thanks for the great writeup. The Tommies look stellar. That’s got to be the best team we’ve had in the MIAC since the 2003 Johnnies. With the excellent coaching staff, D1 athletic facilities, and great academics, St. Thomas is entering a whole new era. The Johnnies days on top of the MIAC just might be coming to an end. Also, with the Gophers not doing so well I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few more players leave their program and head over to Cretin and Summit.

  • Nicholas

    The Waldvogel punt return for a TD was called back by a penalty.

    • Barry

      Yeah, but he caught a great TD pass a few plays later! It was epic!

  • Johnny Rain Cloud

    It’s nice to see how UST is finally good at football and WCCO hops on the bandwagon by giving them radio time as well as a blog. When the Tommies return to the cellar of the MIAC football standins I will look forward to that blog!

    • What's that smell???

      I smell jealousy. It looks like WCCO made the right call given the fact that they are the best football team Minnesota currently has to offer. And, correction, UST historically is in the upper tier of the MIAC, get your facts straight. They’ve just had a difficult time getting past the Johnnies…until Mr. Glenn Caruso arrived.

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