Oles strike first, fall to No. 4 St. Thomas 35-21
November 10, 2012
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - After visiting St. Olaf opened the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Dan Dobson to Jake Schmiesing, No. 4 St. Thomas scored 28 unanswered points en route to a 35-21 victory at O'Shaughnessy Stadium on Saturday.
The pass to Schmiesing, coming with 7:05 remaining in the first quarter, was the first of Dobson's three touchdowns. Dobson went 18-of-34 for 205 yards. The other two touchdowns, scores of 38 and 36 yards, went to Stephen Asp, who finished with 111 yards on six catches.
The Oles were within a score until UST scored twice in a stretch of just over three minutes midway through the third quarter. Later in the frame, UST tried to put the game away with a 14-play, 92-yard drive, but the Ole defense held on the goal line.
Michael Thai led the St. Olaf (7-3, 5-3 MIAC) ground game with 110 yards on 11 carries. The 110 yards were the most by any opponent against the Tommies this year and only the second to reach 100 yards (Joel Sweeney, UW-Eau Claire, Sept. 1).
For the Tommies (10-0, 8-0 MIAC), running back Brenton Braddock rushed for 207 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.
The St. Thomas passing attack was highlighted by a pair of touchdowns receptions to tight end Matt Allen. Allen's 13-yard touchdown from Matt O'Connell with 11:39 remaining in the second quarter tied the game at 7-7, while his second, a 29-yarder from Kyler Anderson, capped off the Tommies' scoring for the day. he finished with 42 yards receiving.
Defensively, Jimmy Gildea and Chad Curry each made nine tackles for the Oles, while Cameron Smith added an interception.
St. Olaf notes
- Dobson finishes the season 196-of-299 for 2,390 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, and only 6 interception. For his career, Dobson ranks first all-time among St. Olaf quarterbacks with 67 touchdown passes. His 6,504 passing yards rank second on the Oles' all-time list. He finishes his career with a record of 22-8 as a starter.
- Thai finished the season with 990 yards, which ranked second in the MIAC this season. He had five 100-yard rushing efforts, including four in the Oles' last five games.
- St. Olaf (7-3) collected its ninth straight season at .500 or better. In five seasons under head coach Jerry Olszewski St. Olaf is 32-18, including a 15-5 mark over the last two.