November 25, 2010

Thankful for one final snap

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Trevor Miehe
Trevor Miehe finished his career with 35 touchdown passes, the best in Macalester football history.
Macalester photo by Christopher Mitchell, Sports Shot photo

By Adam Johnson
for D3sports.com

Macalester senior quarterback Trevor Miehe took the bookend snaps of the Scots successful 2010 season. However, it was what happened between those snaps that tells the true story of this determined, record-setting quarterback.

After taking the first snap of the season against Grinnell, Miehe needed just three and a half quarters to throw three touchdowns and set the school’s career touchdown passes record at 34.

The Scots lost the opener but Miehe (pronounced Mee-Hee) showed the senior leadership and control of the offense that coach Tony Jennison was expecting from him this season.

“Trevor was the emotional leader for us,” said Jennison. “I knew he had big team and personal goals coming into the season.”

In week two, Miehe continued to roll, extending his career record to 35 touchdowns with a 1-yard scoring pass to Jon Elliott. Then late in the second quarter Miehe broke free up the middle of the field but Cornell defenders pulled him down awkwardly and something didn’t feel right in his ankle.

“I felt a pop on the outside of my ankle,” said Miehe. “I figured they could just tape it and I’d return.”

Unfortunately for Miehe that wasn’t the case. He sat the rest of the game and on Monday he found out that tendons had been torn from the bone. He had two season-ending options; surgery or a cast. He chose surgery.

“It was super shocking,” said Miehe. “You don’t ever think it’s gonna happen to you.”

Ruled medically ineligible, Miehe could have walked away from the team. He could have focused on his studies, spent more time with his girlfriend or started looking for a job after college.

He didn’t.

Unable to throw touchdown passes himself, he turned his attention to helping sophomore backup Clark Bledsoe do it. He came to every practice and every game, contributed in video sessions and worked with Bledsoe.

“My career started when our starter was injured so I knew the opportunity Clark was about to get,” said Miehe. “I was just there to help him through the transition.”

Clark Bledsoe
Clark Bledsoe was as prepared as he could be, completing 63 percent of his passes for 15 touchdowns against six interceptions.
Macalester athletics photo by Jody Russell

Macalester entered the final game of the season with a 5-3 record and a chance to reach six wins for the first time since 1986.

With under four minutes remaining in the 2010 season and Miehe’s football career, the Scots took a 28-14 lead on Martin Luther. As Miehe watched the clock tick down, offensive coordinator Dan Larson approached him on the sideline.

“I basically asked him if he wanted the last snap of the season,” said Larson, recalling the sideline conversation. “The look in his eyes answered the question.”

“I thought he wanted to see the play sheet,” Miehe recalled.

What Miehe didn’t know at that time was that the Macalester coaching staff had talked about Miehe earlier that week. They shared their admiration for his dedication to the program and they concocted a “what-if” scenario that they felt Miehe truly deserved. In preparation, they received clearance from team doctors and secretly packed his helmet and pads for the trip to New Ulm, Minn.

“It only seemed right to get Trevor back on the field for one last play to finish his career and one of the best seasons at Macalester,” said Jennison. “It was up to the team to make it happen.”

As the defense battled Martin Luther, the clock continued to tick down. Miehe began changing into his pads and uniform with the help of his teammates.

“I was completely shocked,” said Miehe, choking up as he recalled the scene. “It was really emotional.”

Martin Luther scored with 33 seconds left and when Macalester recovered the ensuing on-side kick, the “what-if” scenario that the coaches had talked about was about to become a reality.

As Macalester’s offense huddled on the sideline, senior offensive lineman Collin Murphy was ready to protect his fellow senior as he had for four years.

“Nobody lays a hand on Trev,” Murphy yelled. “Nobody even gets close to him.”

Miehe called the “victory play” in the offensive huddle along the sideline and then walked, as best he could, out onto the field for his final collegiate snap. He took a knee, was untouched by the defense and mobbed by his teammates as they watched the clock tick down to 00:00.

“As a quarterback it all starts with the snap,” said Miehe.

In this case, it ended with one. One he never expected.

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Final
Randolph-Macon 24, at Shenandoah 19
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at Washington and Lee 49, Emory and Henry 23
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Oct. 1: All times Eastern
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Massachusetts Maritime 30, at Fitchburg State 0
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Becker 42, at Gallaudet 18
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at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
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RPI 51, at Rochester 13
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Endicott 21, at MIT 9
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
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at William Paterson 18, Montclair State 13
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at Wesleyan 34, Hamilton 6
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at Tufts 12, Bates 7
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Wabash 45, at Hiram 21
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Middlebury 35, at Colby 14
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Amherst 31, at Bowdoin 10
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Frostburg State 25, at Kean 18
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at DePauw 48, Kenyon 35
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Ferrum 30, at Greensboro 0
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1:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Methodist
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4th - 15:00
26 FDU-Florham
28 Wilkes
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at Castleton 23, Anna Maria 13
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Moravian 33, at Ursinus 32
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Stevenson 48, at Misericordia 0
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at St. Lawrence 42, Springfield 14
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Thomas More 45, at Westminster (Pa.) 35
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Alma 56, at Kalamazoo 26
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Franklin and Marshall 20, at Dickinson 10
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Wesley 63, at Southern Virginia 9
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Adrian 28, at Albion 21
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Husson 33, at SUNY-Maritime 12
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Apprentice 24, at Alfred State 8
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Final
at Salisbury 41, TCNJ 6
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at St. John Fisher 28, Buffalo State 24
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Salve Regina 47, at Curry 14
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at Gettysburg 38, McDaniel 23
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Delaware Valley 48, at Lebanon Valley 0
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at Denison 21, Ohio Wesleyan 14
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at Ithaca 23, Utica 14
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Alfred 49, at Morrisville State 24
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Western New England 56, at Nichols 27
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at Albright 27, King's 7
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at Guilford 59, Catholic 0
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Muhlenberg 33, at Susquehanna 30
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at N.C. Wesleyan 41, Huntingdon 31
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at MacMurray 31, Minnesota-Morris 10
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at Chicago 38, Birmingham-Southern 34
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Westminster (Mo.) 35, at Crown 7
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at Allegheny 26, Oberlin 21
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Mount Ida 15, at Norwich 14
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Trinity (Conn.) 38, at Williams 13
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56 Baldwin Wallace
62 Marietta
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at Heidelberg 27, Muskingum 24
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at WPI 21, Union 14
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at Coast Guard 36, Maine Maritime 30
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John Carroll 67, at Wilmington 7
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Mount Union 38, at Ohio Northern 21
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Franklin 41, at Manchester 27
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1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Hanover
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21 Widener
21 Lycoming
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Defiance 59, at Earlham 28
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3rd - 05:43
19 Concordia-Chicago
34 Trine
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3rd (14:00)
20 Capital
21 Otterbein
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10:00 4th Qtr.
7 Plymouth State
7 Westfield State
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3rd - 05:54
41 Wittenberg
7 Wooster
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4th - 11:03
10 Anderson
44 Rose-Hulman
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4th - 04:06
28 Hampden-Sydney
45 Bridgewater
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2:00 PM
Waynesburg at Grove City
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2:00 PM
Cortland at Hartwick
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2:00 PM
Centre at Hendrix
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Eureka 27, at Greenville 13
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7 Northwestern (Minn.)
5 Iowa Wesleyan
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4th Qtr - 5:22 left
7 Concordia (Wis.)
16 Lakeland
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4th - 09:33
15 Rockford
58 Benedictine
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4th - 07:29
48 Aurora
7 Wisconsin Lutheran
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17 Nebraska Wesleyan
17 Luther
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4th - 10:50
33 Rhodes
14 Sewanee
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14 Lake Forest
35 St. Norbert
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2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Gustavus Adolphus
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4th - 03:27
31 Hamline
31 Carleton
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3:02 - 4th Qtr.
42 St. John's
27 Bethel
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4th - 14:48
20 UW-Whitewater
17 UW-Platteville
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Final
Buena Vista 34, at Loras 24
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Start of 4th
29 Sul Ross State
39 Hardin-Simmons
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2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at UW-Eau Claire
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2:00 PM
Beloit at Lawrence
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2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
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HALF
10 Wartburg
17 Coe
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13:40 4th Q
35 Dubuque
17 Central
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HALF
17 Wheaton (Ill.)
24 Illinois Wesleyan
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3 McMurry
24 Mary Hardin-Baylor
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2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Augustana
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2:00 PM
Macalester at Ripon
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2:00 PM
Grinnell at Illinois College
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7 Howard Payne
14 Louisiana College
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2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at UW-La Crosse
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32 East Texas Baptist
17 Belhaven
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4th - 13:05
7 Augsburg
48 St. Thomas
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3:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Thiel
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3:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Morthland
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3:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Martin Luther
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3:00 PM
Carthage at Carroll
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0 UW-Stout
17 UW-Oshkosh
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12 Willamette
6 Puget Sound
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4:00 PM
Whittier at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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4:00 PM
Pacific at Pacific Lutheran
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4:30 PM
Lewis and Clark at Linfield
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Averett at LaGrange
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5:00 PM
Whitworth at George Fox
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6:00 PM
Olivet at Hope
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Bethany at Carnegie Mellon
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St. Vincent at Case Western Reserve
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6:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Rowan
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6:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
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7:00 PM
Berry at Washington U.
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7:00 PM
North Park at Millikin
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10:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at Chapman
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La Verne at Cal Lutheran
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Occidental at Redlands
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Final
at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
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at Salisbury 41, TCNJ 6
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Thomas More 45, at Westminster (Pa.) 35
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Wabash 45, at Hiram 21
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at St. John Fisher 28, Buffalo State 24
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Stevenson 48, at Misericordia 0
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at St. Lawrence 42, Springfield 14
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at N.C. Wesleyan 41, Huntingdon 31
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Mount Union 38, at Ohio Northern 21
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Franklin 41, at Manchester 27
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3rd - 05:54
41 Wittenberg
7 Wooster
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17 Wheaton (Ill.)
24 Illinois Wesleyan
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4th - 14:48
20 UW-Whitewater
17 UW-Platteville
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3:02 - 4th Qtr.
42 St. John's
27 Bethel
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3 McMurry
24 Mary Hardin-Baylor
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29 Sul Ross State
39 Hardin-Simmons
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32 East Texas Baptist
17 Belhaven
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13:40 4th Q
35 Dubuque
17 Central
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7 Augsburg
48 St. Thomas
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0 UW-Stout
17 UW-Oshkosh
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4:30 PM
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6:00 PM
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