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Second-half key in Bethel's 12-7 win over Toms

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Senior tailback Logan Flannery rushed 38 times for 190 yards as Bethel controlled the second half en route to a 12-7 victory over host St. Thomas in Saturday's NCAA football quarterfinal game at UST's O'Shaughnessy Stadium.  

The 14th-ranked Royals (12-1) have won three road games in three states over 15 days by a combined 18 points, and become the lone team in the Final Four which didn't win its conference championship.

The Royals advance to a semifinal round game next Saturday at Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio., and a rematch of the 2007 semifinal playoff game won by the Raiders.  

"We love to travel," said Flannery. "We don't go into these trips thinking it's a disavantage. We stay poised and we have fun on the bus and enjoy being with each other." 

Bethel also ended UST's 15-game home win streak and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Tommies.   

No. 4-ranked St. Thomas (12-1) was held to two first downs and 61 yards in the second half.  UST's seven points was its lowest output in 36 games under three-year coach Glenn Caruso. It also was the first time in the last two seasons (26 games) that the Tomes were held scoreless in the second half of a game.

"Bethel executed very well, and when they needed to make a couple of big plays they made them," Caruso said.

The Tommies scored on the opening drive of the game in just two minutes. Colin Tobin's 46-yard run preceded his 2-yard scoring run.

Bethel's defense was tough enough, but St. Thomas hurt itself with several penalties and the lack of a big play in its passing game. UST also was hurt by the absence of injured All-Americans Fritz Waldvogel and Ben Wartman.  

"We needed the game to come back to us," BU coach Steve Johnson said of the early deficit. "I'm proud of our guys that we didn't get affected by the early hole. By the second quarter things had turned. That felt like us again. We were down 7-6 at the half, but it felt like we were winning." 

Bethel gained 177 of its 303 total yards and had a 20:14 to 9:46 edge in possession time in the second half. The Royals had an 11-play, 96-yard scoring drive in the third quarter to erase the Toms' 7-6 halftime lead.

Flannery had 124 of his yards in the second half and broke the conference career rushing record by eight yards. The old record was 5,335 yards set in 2007 by another Bethel rusher, Phil Porta.  

Tobin rushed 28 times for 122 yards, but UST's eight first downs and 220 total yards were both season lows.

Tommie QB Dakota Tracy rushed nine times for 44 yards and completed 7-of-18 passes for 54 yards.

"Our defense is kind of irritating for the other team," Johnson said. "It's just a disciplined, obedient group."

For the UST defense, Tommy Becker had 10 solo and 10 assisted tackles. Bryan Villar had an interception and six tackles and a two-point conversion interception. Willy Baregi batted down the first two-point try and had a sack among five tackles.

"This hurts a lot, it's been an unbelievable ride," Villar said of his 46-game Tommie career which included a 2-8 record in his first season. "The journey to get here has been unbelievable. It has been a blast."

Bethel's David Vavra had nine tackles and intercepted a fourth-down halfback pass near midfield.

For BU, Kevin Lindh added 62 yards on nine rushes, including a 25-yard burst on the go-ahead scoring march.

Wartman, a 4,000-yard rusher on his career, was injured in last week's playoff game and didn't play on Saturday. He closed his career with 50 touchdowns, 21 100-yard rushing games and 4,086 rushing yards.

Waldvogel tied a school career record with his 217th reception but injured his hip and missed the game's final 52:00 on the clock. He has more than 5,000 career all-purpose yards and has been injury-free prior to Saturday in all 36 career games.

UST also lost its starting punter Garrett Maloney to an injury as he was hit on the knee after a second-quarter punt.

Both teams played without injured starting offensive lineman -- UST's Chad Vandergriff played in the previous game after coming off surgery but sat out Saturday. BU's sophomore guard Jared Penz went out late in the second quarter and didn't return.

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http://athletics.bethel.edu/documents/2010/12/4/12-4-FB.HTM?id=298

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at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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at Framingham State 29, Westfield State 14
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Moravian 20, at Juniata 17
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at Salve Regina 41, Endicott 14
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at Thomas More 63, St. Vincent 13
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at Union 28, Hobart 23
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at Hamilton 27, Colby 24
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at Christopher Newport 27, William Paterson 19
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at Ithaca 35, St. John Fisher 10
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at Allegheny 44, Kenyon 35
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SUNY-Maritime 21, at Mount Ida 13
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Middlebury 43, at Bates 14
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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at Amherst 21, Wesleyan 17
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at Trinity (Conn.) 63, Bowdoin 14
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Husson 48, at Gallaudet 21
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Wabash 35, at Oberlin 21
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Ohio Northern 7, at Muskingum 6
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at Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
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at Wesley 34, Rowan 3
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at Stevenson 26, Albright 23
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Albion 31, Alma 28
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at Guilford 45, Shenandoah 20
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Plymouth State 40, at Massachusetts Maritime 14
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Wooster 58, at Hiram 25
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Washington and Lee 36, at Hampden-Sydney 6
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Bridgewater 31, at Emory and Henry 23
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Lebanon Valley 17, at Misericordia 0
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RPI 30, at Alfred 15
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Ferrum 27, at Brevard 24
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Randolph-Macon 63, at Apprentice 14
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Cortland 34, at Morrisville State 20
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at Trine 50, Hope 14
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Trinity (Texas) 27, at Sewanee 21
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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Tufts 21, at Williams 13
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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MIT 30, at Coast Guard 21
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at Norwich 24, Maine Maritime 22
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Franklin 29, at Rose-Hulman 22
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John Carroll 48, at Capital 21
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Mount St. Joseph 71, at Anderson 27
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UW-Whitewater 20, at UW-River Falls 7
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Kean 26, at TCNJ 3
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at Worcester State 45, Mass-Dartmouth 40
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Muhlenberg 40, at McDaniel 13
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Western New England 45, at Becker 0
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at Maryville (Tenn.) 35, Methodist 14
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Adrian 36, at Kalamazoo 22
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Denison 31, at Ohio Wesleyan 20
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Berry 37, at Millsaps 22
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at Benedictine 43, Olivet 37
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Birmingham-Southern 31, at Austin 24
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Eureka 37, at MacMurray 20
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Nebraska Wesleyan 14, at Buena Vista 13
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Lakeland 48, at Wisconsin Lutheran 0
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St. Thomas 84, at Hamline 0
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Westminster (Mo.) 24, at Greenville 14
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Monmouth 61, at Cornell 10
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Wheaton (Ill.) 56, at North Park 0
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Northwestern (Minn.) 30, at Martin Luther 14
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Hardin-Simmons 33, at Texas Lutheran 30
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at Macalester 47, Ripon 31
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St. Scholastica 49, at Crown 21
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at Iowa Wesleyan 24, Minnesota-Morris 17
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UW-Platteville 34, at UW-Eau Claire 14
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Hanover 49, at Earlham 14
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UW-Oshkosh 42, at UW-La Crosse 28
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at North Central (Ill.) 54, Augustana 2
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East Texas Baptist 68, at Louisiana College 35
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Western Connecticut 27, at Bridgewater State 20
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Chapman 38, at La Verne 21
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Pacific 17, at Lewis and Clark 7
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Pacific Lutheran 27, at Willamette 14
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Redlands 42, at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 25
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N.C. Wesleyan 21, at Averett 15
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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Carnegie Mellon 42, at Thiel 10
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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at Wesley 34, Rowan 3
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at Frostburg State 62, Montclair State 3
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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Mount Union 66, at Wilmington 7
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at Marietta 44, Heidelberg 21
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at Washington and Jefferson 34, Westminster (Pa.) 33
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Hardin-Simmons 33, at Texas Lutheran 30
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 45, Belhaven 7
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St. Thomas 84, at Hamline 0
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at St. John's 41, Gustavus Adolphus 17
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at Illinois Wesleyan 13, Carthage 10
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at Concordia-Moorhead 42, Augsburg 20
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Berry 37, at Millsaps 22
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UW-Platteville 34, at UW-Eau Claire 14
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UW-Oshkosh 42, at UW-La Crosse 28
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at North Central (Ill.) 54, Augustana 2
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at Brockport 45, Hartwick 0
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at Linfield 12, George Fox 6
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Case Western Reserve 45, at Geneva 7
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