Nov. 27, 2010

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Augustana forced six Grand Valley State turnovers and scored 31 unanswered points to open the game to pick up a 38-6 victory over the Lakers in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs Saturday afternoon in Sioux Falls.

The win is the first playoff victory for Augustana in school history, which improves to 11-1. The No. 9 Vikings now move onto the quarterfinals, where they will play No. 1 Minnesota Duluth, which picked up a 20-17 overtime victory over St. Cloud State on Saturday.

GVSU, which was making its 15th overall and 10th straight in the NCAA playoffs, finishes its season with a record of 11-2.

The Viking defense was stellar throughout. Though Augustana allowed more than 300 yards of total offense, the defensive unit didn't allow a touchdown all afternoon. The Lakers' one score came on an 87-yard kick return in the third quarter.

As they have all season, the linebacker trio of Andrew Keel, Chris Janisch and Ryan Isaacson anchored the defense. The three accounted for two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception. The Vikings had a total of four interceptions in the win--one of which Eric Bergman returned for a touchdown. The other three were grabbed by Keel, Dan O'Keefe and Zac Kallas.

Augustana also got a three-touchdown performance from Tyler Schulte. His three touchdown receptions put his total for the season at 17 and set a new single-season record, passing Matt Holmlunds 16 touchdown grabs in 2000.

Joe Clark also collected 117 yards on the ground. The performance allowed the senior to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark for the third consecutive season.

Quarterback Josh Hanson returned to the lineup after missing the past two games with an injury. He ran for 82 yards and passed for another 87 and three touchdowns.