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Defense leads Tommies to NCAA playoff berth

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The No. 3-ranked Tommies (9-0 overall, 7-0 MIAC) used three interceptions and eight tackles for loss in another rock solid defensive day to fuel Saturday's 20-7 home win over Gustavus in MIAC football play at O'Shaughnessy Stadium.
 
St. Thomas claimed the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA playoffs -- the program's third consecutive postseason trip. UST also clinched a share of the MIAC title, St. Thomas' first back-to-back MIAC football crowns since 1948 and 1949. UST will attempt another repeat 10-0 regular season when it plays next Saturday at Carleton.
 
The Tommies, who outgained Gustavus 339-212 in total offense, allowed just 27 points in five October victories.
 
UST raced to a 13-0 lead in the first eight minutes on two Dakota Tracy TD passes. The score stayed the same until Colin Tobin's 15-yard touchdown run on the last play of the third quarter built a 20-0 lead.
 
A fourth-down roughing-the-passer penalty on St. Thomas kept a fourth-quarter drive alive. The Gusties converted with an 8-yard pass from Logan Becker to Elliott Herdina for a TD, capping a 13-play, 85-yard scoring drive. The PAT kick made it 20-7 with 8:42 left.
 
The Tommies blanked Gusties on two late possessions, the latter capped by Jack Gavin's second interception of the game at the UST 6-yard line.
 
Fritz Waldvogel scored his 40th career TD, a 27-yarder to make it 13-0. He finished with seven catches for 108 yards. Tracy passed for 188 yards and rushed for 58 yards and was responsible for 17 of UST's 22 first downs (11 passing, six running).
Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
St. Thomas at Berry
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Wesley at Brockport
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North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
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Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Nov. 17: All times Eastern
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Merchant Marine 35, at Buffalo State 20
@ Newark, Del.
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Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Muhlenberg 32, at Carnegie Mellon 6
@ Newark, Del.
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at Franklin and Marshall 21, Widener 7
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Susquehanna 28, at Albright 9
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Framingham State 48, Curry 14
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Cortland 35, at Union 28
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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at Ithaca 27, Salisbury 17
@ Newark, Del.
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at WPI 17, SUNY-Maritime 3
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Nov. 19: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Alfred
@ University of Delaware
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