December 6, 2003

Elliott, Keating lead St. John's past Linfield

More news about: St. John-s

St. John's senior wide receiver Blake Elliott had 294 all-purpose yards, while senior quarterback Ryan Keating ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in a 31-25 win over Linfield in a NCAA Division III playoff quarterfinal game on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Clemens Stadium.

The Johnnies were stopped on four plays from first-and-goal at the 3-yard line on their first possession of the game. SJU did get on the scoreboard first with 6:25 left in the first quarter as Keating scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper.

At 13:29 of the second quarter, Linfield scored on a 24-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Garrett Wales and SJU led 7-3. The Wildcats drove 51 yards on 13 plays in 4:47 to set up the field goal.

Senior running back Josh Nelson scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Keating with 4:09 left to increase its lead to 14-3.

The Wildcats raced right back as sophomore wide receiver Casey Allen caught touchdown passes of 5 and 32 yards from senior quarterback Tyler Matthews and Linfield led 15-14 with 39 seconds left in the half. The first extra point was blocked and the two-point conversion on the second touchdown failed for the Wildcats.

SJU went right back down the field on three pass completions as junior kicker Brandon Keller hit a 34-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to give the Johnnies at 17-15 lead. The Johnnies have not trailed at intermission all season.

The only scoring of the third quarter was a 30-yard field goal by Wales and Linfield led 18-17 going into the final quarter.

With 12:42 to play, Keating scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 14-yard scamper and SJU led 24-18. The touchdown capped an 11-play, 91-yard drive that consumed 5:01.

The Johnnies increased their lead as Elliott scored on a 15-yard run with 2:15 left to make the score 31-18.

The Wildcats drove right down the field and scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Matthews to junior wide receiver Josh Armstrong to cut the lead to 31-25. The drive took all of 52 seconds and covered 80 yards in seven plays.

The Johnnies recovered the on-side kick and punted after three plays. Linfield got the ball at its 34-yard line with 41 seconds remaining, but an interception by senior safety Jeremy Goltz at the six-yard line sealed the victory for the Johnnies.

The stats were fairly even as SJU had 438 yards total offense, compared to 405 yards for Linfield. The Johnnies rushed for 260 yards on 52 attempts and gained 178 yards in the air. The Wildcats were held to 67 yards rushing on 25 attempts, but collected 338 yards from the passing game.

Linfield had three turnovers, compared to two for the Johnnies. SJU held a 35:33 to 24:27 advantage in time of possession.

The Wildcats were 2-for-16 on third downs, but 4-for-4 on fourth down conversions. The Johnnies were 6-for-15 on third downs.

Individually, Elliott carried the ball 15 times for 136 yards and one touchdown, while Nelson had 20 carries for 88 yards.

Keating was 19-for-26 passing for 178 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Nelson caught six passes for 79 yards and one touchdown, while Lee Clintsman had 50 yards on five catches. Elliott, winner of this year's Gagliardi Trophy for the outstanding player in NCAA Division III football, was held to 23 yards on four catches, but had the 136 yards rushing, 25 yards on three punt returns and 110 yards on five kickoff returns. Elliott extended his Division III record by catching a pass in his 45th consecutive game.

Punter Charlie Carr had five punts for an average of 32.2 yards, but had a 56-yarder and a key punt on a bad snap with Linfield leading 18-17 in the third quarter.

Defensively, junior linebacker Paul Gans had eight total tackles, while freshman linebacker Jamie Steffensmeier and senior safety Cole Deibele each had seven tackles. Deibele had an interception and two pass break-ups. Goltz and sophomore corner Mike Zauhar each had interceptions and senior end Jeremy Hood collected one sack to move within a half a sack from setting the SJU all-time career sack record.

For the Wildcats, Matthews was 21-of-44 passing for 338 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Allen had seven catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

Junior wide receiver George Carter gained 38 yards on four rushing attempts and junior running back Thomas Ford had 24 yards on nine carries. Ford entered the game averaging 102.5 yards rushing per game.

Junior punter James Wilson averaged 41.3 yards on six punts, including a long of 67 yards.

Defensively, senior linebacker Harris Bertsch had 15 total tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception. Junior rover Zach Fleming, sophomore back Josh Ort and senior back Ike Ellis each had 10 total tackles.

SJU improves to 12-0 overall, while Linfield ends the season 11-1 overall. SJU won its 12th game this season for the third time in school history. SJU is making its 15th overall and ninth NCAA playoff appearance in the last 11 years. SJU now has a 28-13 record in NCAA playoff games.

SJU will now be making its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA semifinals and ninth overall in school history. The Wildcats are 3-3 all-time in three NCAA playoff appearances.

The Johnnies lead the all-time series with the Wildcats 3-0 and have won both NCAA playoff meetings. SJU defeated Linfield 33-0 in the 1965 NAIA national championship game and 21-14 in the 2002 NCAA quarterfinals, as John Gagliardi won his 400th career game.

SJU has now won 21 straight games and six straight NCAA playoff games at Clemens Stadium. In its last 98 games at Clemens Stadium, dating back to 1987, SJU has a record of 88-9-1.

SJU head coach John Gagliardi, in his 55th season and his 51st in Collegeville, extended his all-time collegiate record of 412 career wins.

SJU will host RPI (11-1) on Saturday, Dec. 13, in the semifinals of this year's NCAA Division III playoffs. RPI defeated Ithaca 21-16 on Saturday, Dec. 6, in another quarterfinal game.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Tex. A&M-Commerce
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
Live Stats Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
7:00 PM
William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Ursinus at TCNJ
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
Video
7:30 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
Waldorf at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
12:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
12:00 PM
Cortland State at Buffalo State
1:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton State
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
1:30 PM
Adrian at Defiance
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
Audio
2:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Austin
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Audio
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Ripon at St. Scholastica
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
4:00 PM
College of Idaho at Pacific
4:30 PM
Arizona Christian at George Fox
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Denison at Earlham
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
7:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
Live Stats Video
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:30 PM
Central at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
Audio
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading