Michael Thai races to the end zone for a 22-yard TD in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Augsburg.
Box Score

Auggies hold off Oles 45-37

Mike Ludwig
October 13, 2012

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - St. Olaf quarterback Dan Dobson threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns, but Augsburg's Jarise Washington ran for 245 yards and four scores as the visiting Auggies outlasted St. Olaf 45-37 in a MIAC football game on Saturday at Manitou Field.

Washington had 22 carries for his school-record 245 yards as his final run, a 15-yard touchdown sprint with 5:53 left helped the Auggies (5-1) defeat St. Olaf for the first time since 2008.

The Oles (5-2, 3-2 MIAC) had their last drive stopped when Michael Thai lost a fumble in Augsburg territory inside the final minute. It was was the only turnover of the day, and spoiled an otherwise solid afternoon for Thai, who rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

Thai's 22-yard scoring run with 7:39 left appeared to tie the game, but the ensuing extra point was blocked to preserve the Auggies' 38-37 lead. Augsburg then orchestrated a 4-play, 75-yard drive over the next 1:46 to make it 45-37.

The Oles picked up a pair of first downs on the final drive and had another on a 21-yard run by Thai, but he fumbled as he was taken to the ground by the Auggies' Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane.

The loss offset another solid game from the Oles' Dobson. He went 24-for-33 with his three scoring throws and no interceptions. Joel Reinhardt led the Oles with eight catches for 100 yards while Stephen Asp had six for 73 with two touchdowns. The other scoring strike went to Cody Kragness, whose only catch was a 22-yard TD pass late in the third quarter.

St. Olaf led 17-10 before an Augsburg score tied the game at 17-17 with 58 seconds lef in the first half. The Oles then drove the length of the field and had a 1st-and-goal from the 7-yard line with nine seconds left. On the play, St. Olaf had an illegal motion penalty that resulted in a 10-second run off which ended the half.

The teams had nearly identical offensive numbers, as Augsburg ran 61 plays for 500 yards and the Oles 60 for 485 yards.

St. Olaf plays at Carleton College on Saturday while Augsburg hosts Concordia-Moorhead.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.