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Braddock's four scores lift Tommies

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Freshman Brenton Braddock ran for four touchdowns and Matt O'Connell threw two scoring passes to lead St. Thomas to a 48-17 win over St. Norbert in the NCAA Division III playoffs Saturday in O'Shaughnessy Stadium.

The No. 3 Tommies (11-0) advance to the second round and will be host at noon Nov. 24 to Elmhurst (10-1), which went on the road to knock off undefeated Coe 27-24 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The win pushed St. Thomas to 5-0 all-time in NCAA first-round playoff games, including the last four years under Coach Glenn Caruso. The Tommies have won 14 games in a row in O'Shaughnessy and have a 31-2 home record in the Caruso era. It also was UST's 15th consecutive win in the month of November dating back through 2008.

St. Thomas started slow against St. Norbert and was shut out in the first quarter for only the second time this year – and the second week in a row – but ran off 27 points in the second quarter to lead 27-0 at halftime.

The Tommies took advantage of excellent field position on their first three touchdown drives, which started at their 48, at midfield and at the St. Norbert 33, the latter after a fumble recovery.

Braddock ran for three touchdowns in the quarter – from 4, 1 and 5 yards – and O'Connell hit Logan Marks in the end zone from 10 yards out for the tight end's sixth touchdown reception of the season. The third Braddock touchdown came with 18 seconds left in the half – the ninth time in 15 games that St. Thomas has scored in the closing two minutes.

O'Connell capped a second half opening drive with a one-yard touchdown pass to Allen and a 34-0 lead. The Green Knights broke the shutout with a touchdown and a field goal, but Braddock ran untouched for an 82-yard touchdown – the Tommies' longest run from scrimmage this year – and a 41-10 lead. He finished with 166 yards.

After St. Norbert hit an 80-yard touchdown pass from James Tringali to Austin Williams, the Tommies closed the scoring on a nine-yard run by backup quarterback Kyler Anderson.

St. Thomas racked up 536 yards of offense and held St. Norbert to 228 yards, including only nine net rushing yards. The Tommies' rushing defense ranks in the top 10 in Division III, allowing less than 70 yards a game, and also recorded five sacks and broke up 10 passes.
St. Norbert converted its first third-down try but went 0-for-12 on third-down conversions the rest of the game.


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Nov. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Husson 23, at Springfield 21
Video Box Score
Final
at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
Video
Final
at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
Video
Final
Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
Video Box Score
4th - 01:13
27 RPI
45 Wesley
Tickets Video Audio Live stats Preview
4th - 0:56
28 Johns Hopkins
31 Washington and Jefferson
Audio Live stats Video
3rd - 02:38
24 Monmouth
49 Trine
Video Live stats Audio Live stats
3rd - 1:32
0 Chapman
44 Mary Hardin-Baylor
Preview Live stats Tickets Video
13:18 4Q
21 Case Western Reserve
0 Illinois Wesleyan
Video Preview Live stats
1:57, 3rd Qtr.
0 Lakeland
49 UW-Oshkosh
Video Preview Preview Live stats Live stats Audio
3rd - 06:56
0 Eureka
34 St. Thomas
Video Preview Live stats
3rd - 5:52
28 Franklin
28 Wartburg
Video Preview Live stats
6:15 4Q
7 St. John's
17 North Central (Ill.)
Audio Video Live stats
3:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Linfield
Video Live stats Audio
Nov. 17: All times Eastern
Final
Merchant Marine 35, at Buffalo State 20
@ Newark, Del.
Video Box Score Photos
Nov. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Muhlenberg 32, at Carnegie Mellon 6
@ Newark, Del.
Video Box Score
Final
at Franklin and Marshall 21, Widener 7
Video Box Score
Final
Susquehanna 28, at Albright 9
Video
Final
at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
Video
Final
at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
Video Box Score
3rd - 02:38
24 Monmouth
49 Trine
Video Live stats Live stats Audio
4th - 01:13
27 RPI
45 Wesley
Tickets Video Audio Live stats Preview
4th - 0:56
28 Johns Hopkins
31 Washington and Jefferson
Video Live stats Audio
Final
Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
Video
Final
Husson 23, at Springfield 21
Video Box Score
Final
at Framingham State 48, Curry 14
Video Box Score
12:00 PM
Cortland at Union
13:18 4Q
21 Case Western Reserve
0 Illinois Wesleyan
Video Preview Live stats
3rd - 5:52
28 Franklin
28 Wartburg
Video Preview Live stats
3rd - 1:32
0 Chapman
44 Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Preview Live stats Tickets
1:57, 3rd Qtr.
0 Lakeland
49 UW-Oshkosh
Video Preview Preview Live stats Live stats Audio
6:15 4Q
7 St. John's
17 North Central (Ill.)
Video Live stats Audio
3rd - 06:56
0 Eureka
34 St. Thomas
Video Preview Live stats
3:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Linfield
Video Live stats Audio
5:00 PM
Salisbury at Ithaca
@ Newark, Del.
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at WPI
Video Live stats
Nov. 19: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Alfred
@ University of Delaware
Video Preview Live stats Audio