St. Thomas (Minn.) runs wild
Tobin rushes for 206 yards as Tommies defeat St. Scholastica
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Senior running back Colin Tobin rushed 31 times for a career-best 206 yards and three touchdowns and the St. Thomas (Minn.) defense pitched another shutout allowing just 73 total yards in Saturday's 48-2 victory against St. Scholastica in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Tommies (11-0) rolled up 504 yards and had no turnovers and improved to 4-0 all-time in NCAA first-round games. St. Thomas has won 23 of its last 24 games, and improved to 13-1 against non-MIAC teams in Glenn Caruso's four-year era.
St. Thomas advances to a Nov. 26 second-round game against Monmouth (Ill.) -- a winner in three overtimes at Illinois Wesleyan.
Saturday's loss ending a 14-game winning streak for the Saints (10-1), who are in just their fourth season of football and were making their NCAA playoff debut.
St. Thomas' defense had two interceptions and four sacks, and allowed four first downs and 14 net rushing yards.
Senior Dakota Tracy scored on a 4th-and-1 bootleg in the second quarter for a 13-2 lead. Tracy finished with 125 passing yards in three quarters of play. Senior Fritz Waldvogel added a 15-yard run and caught seven passes for 75 yards including a one-handed sideline reception for 40 yards that set up another third-quarter touchdown. Junior kicker Tim Albright had five touchbacks and was 6-for-6 on PATs to run his consecutive streak to 72, including all 50 attempted this season.
Tobin surpassed 1,000 yards on the year and now has eight touchdowns in four career postseason games. He moved into second place on the St. Thomas career list for touchdowns with 46.
Snow started during pre-game warmups and covered the field by kickoff. The Tommies surrendured a safety on the game's first play on a muffed kickoff return that rolled into the end zone with the return man tackled.
UST led 6-2 midway through the second quarter before running off five touchdowns in a 16:22 stretch on the clock to take a 41-7 lead late in the third quarter.