NO. 3 ST. THOMAS 51, HAMLINE 9 BOX SCORE
Two weeks ago against Gustavas, the Tommies recorded a school-record 12 sacks of quarterback Muresuk Mena, who lost 19 yards after coming into the game with a 117-yard rushing average. The Gusties had only 32 net yards in 42 rushes against the Tommies’ defense, which came into the game ranked No. 6 in Division III at 53.5 yards per game.
Last week, opponent Bethel managed just 44 offensive plays (six first downs) to the Tommies' 83 plays (25 first downs). It had the ball just 19:22 as St. Thomas had 40:38 in possession time. UST also limited the Royals to 1-of-11 on third downs, and has now held its six opponents to 26 percent on third-down conversions.
The defense wasn’t quite as dominating this week, giving up 210 yards, including 89 on the ground by Austin Duncan. But the Pipers struggled to move the ball consistently, converting only 3 of 19 third downs and punting eight times.