Oct. 2, 2010

Courtesy of St. Thomas

COLLEGEVILLE,MN -- After near misses in the last two games against St. John's, the Tommies finally made some breaks and caught a break as they edged the Johnnies 27-26 in overtime before the largest crowd ever to watch an MIAC game.

No. 4-ranked St. Thomas (5-0 overall, 3-0 MIAC) ended a 12-game St. John's win streak in the series and a 10-game losing streak in Collegeville and spoiled SJU's 2010 Homecoming.

St. Thomas All-America RB Ben Wartman, who missed the last two games with an injury, rushed for 154 yards and three touchdowns for UST, which rallied from a 17-14 deficit in the fourth quarter. Dakota Tracy rushed for 99 yards and passed for 114 yards and one TD.

The Toms overcame four turnovers, a missed field goal and a fourth-quarter missed PAT.

Ryan Deitz had his first career interception at a huge moment at the UST 22-yard line with 50 seconds left to end a potential go-ahead drive. Tony Danna had 12 tackles and Deitz and Tommy Becker had 10 tackles. Willy Baregi recovered a fumble in the second quarter.

The Johnnies (3-2, 2-1 MIAC) who have two overtime losses this season, had a 356-352 edge in total offense. They trailed 27-20 and had 4th-and-2 in overtime when QB Joe Boyle beat the blitz and threw a six-yard TD pass. But the Johnnies missed the PAT kick that would have forced a second OT.

UST lost the overtime coin toss for the second year in a row but used three Wartman runs to cover all 25 yards. Tim Albright kicked the PAT for the 27-20 lead.

St. John's contained Fritz Waldvogel for much of the day limited him to 131 all-purpose yards. He had six catches for 65 yards.