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Sometimes all it takes to recover from a frustrating loss to your rival is to blow out your next opponent with a dominating performance in all phases. That’s exactly what happened for the No. 24-ranked St. Thomas football team on Saturday. After a disappointing 24-14 loss to St. John’s last week, the Tommies put away St. Olaf early in a 69-7 win over the Oles in Northfield.
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The Tommies, ranked No. 18 in Division III, survived a sluggish offensive day that featured four turnovers and left Minneapolis with a 17-14 victory over the Auggies. They also got some help from Gustavus, who beat St. John’s 23-20 in double overtime.
After handling Hamline 43-7 last week, the St. Thomas football team faces one of its tougher games of the 2013 schedule this Saturday. The Tommies (5-2, 3-2) face a must-win situation when they head to Minneapolis Saturday to face Augsburg (4-3, 3-3). Then again, when you have two MIAC losses and need to win out to have any shot at the NCAA Playoffs, every week is a must-win.
The St. Thomas campus, at least from a football standpoint, was quiet last weekend with the Tommies on a bye following a frustrating loss to St. John’s. With that bye after three games, it gave St. Thomas an early chance to correct several mistakes and get back to the fundamentals of football.
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The St. Thomas football is 7-0 on the season, 5-0 in MIAC play and has a top five national ranking for at least the third straight week. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find the Tommies celebrating it.
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The Tommies, now 6-0 and ranked No. 3 in Division III, limited talented Auggies’ quarterback Marcus Brumm to just 136 yards passing, no touchdowns and intercepted him once.
Every game is big when you’re undefeated, ranked in the top five in the nation and everyone wants nothing more than to beat you.
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