The St. Thomas football team got a taste of what it takes to be a national champion after losing to UW-Whitewater 20-0 last year in the NCAA Semifinals.
The St. Thomas sideline was all smiles Saturday afternoon once a perfect regular season became a reality. The No. 3-ranked Tommies completed a 10-0 regular season, despite already having the MIAC title won, with a 35-21 win over St. Olaf.
There were a lot of smiles on the sidelines and even a little emotion after the St. Thomas football team beat Concordia (Moorhead) 21-7 Saturday afternoon. The Tommies, with the win and Bethel’s 24-17 loss at St. Olaf, won their third straight MIAC title.
It might have been hard to tell the St. Thomas football team had won by looking at players and coaches after they left Klas Field at Hamline University on Saturday. The Tommies, ranked No. 3 in the nation, survived six turnovers in a 51-9 win over the Pipers to remain unbeaten on the season.
When you’re undefeated, every game is your biggest game of the year. Last week, the St. Thomas football team played its best overall game of the year in its biggest game of the year so far.
The St. Thomas football team couldn’t have asked for a much better performance in at this point what was their biggest football game of the season.
Glenn Caruso could have lamented the mistakes the St. Thomas football team made in a 28-14 win over Gustavus on Saturday to remain unbeaten on the season. Instead, he focused on the positives of a team that made several mistakes, yet still beat a conference opponent handily.
While teams around them at the top of the MIAC football standings are fighting out close games, the St. Thomas football team came off its bye week with a 47-24 win at Carleton to improve to 4-0.
The Tommies (3-0), ranked No.3 nationally in one poll and No. 5 in another, travels to Northfield on Saturday to take on Carleton at Laird Stadium.
The St. Thomas football team has a bye this week, but it might be hard to tell that if you’re at practice this week.
One can’t blame the St. Thomas football team if it enjoyed its post game celebration a little more than usual on Saturday. After all, it’s always more fun to beat your rival in their home stadium.
It makes a lot of sense that Glenn Caruso is nothing short of confident as the St. Thomas football team heads into its home opener.
The No. 8-ranked St. Thomas football team didn’t have much to celebrate on Saturday until the last six minutes of its season-opening game at UW-Eau Claire.
The winning tradition has been established, now it’s up to a newer crop of talent to keep it going. That’s the challenge that lies ahead for the St. Thomas football team this fall.
When Glenn Caruso took over as St. Thomas football coach four years ago, he expected to have success. Every coach does, but I think even he is surprised at what his program has accomplished since he took the reins.