/seasons/2013/contrib/201309145ggnkc

Blugold Football Narrowly Falls at Saint John's

More news about: UW-Eau Claire

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (Blugolds.com) – While the UW-Eau Claire football team trailed by 17 points at halftime, the Blugolds made a comeback in the second half which fell just short against Saint John's University (Minn.) 17-14 at Clemens Stadium today.

View Box Score

The first quarter saw no scoring from either team but the Johnnies scored three times in the second quarter to take a 17-0 lead into halftime. They scored a touchdown at 11:31 and kicked a field goal at 3:26 before scoring another touchdown at 1:38.

But Eau Claire came out strong in the second half and took their first drive 66 yards in 2:53 to the end zone. Joel Sweeney (Sr.-Tomah, Wis.) capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run and after a Billy Emanuel (Sr.-Owatonna, Minn.) extra point, the score was 17-7.

Then midway through the fourth quarter, a quick Blugold drive which started with a fumble recovery got the Blugolds within three points. Sweeney ended the three-play, 33-yard drive with a 14-yard rushing touchdown.

Saint John's got the ball back and after six plays tried a 37-yard field goal but it was blocked and recovered by the Blugolds to give Eau Claire the ball back on their own 23 with just under six minutes remaining.

The Blugolds had a good drive going and found themselves down to Saint John's 18 with just over a minute left. But the drive would end after Mitch Olson (Sr.-New Auburn, Wis./Chi-Hi) fumbled and the Johnnies recovered. From there, Saint John's was able to run out the clock after getting one first down.

The teams both had similar numbers at the end of the day with turnovers and penalties being big parts of the contest. Both teams had four fumbles, losing three apiece, while Eau Claire threw two interceptions and Saint John's threw one. The Blugolds also had 11 penalties for 113 yards while the Johnnies had nine of 95 yards.

Sweeney had 266 yards on the ground of the Blugolds' 346 total yards of offense, the second best total he has reached in his career (281 is his career high, set last season against UW-River Falls) and the sixth largest total in school history. He now has 3,175 career yards, moving past hall of famer Roger Vann on the Blugolds' all-time career rushing yards list.

Mark Munger (Jr.-Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial) finished the game going 4-for-17 for 64 yards with two interceptions while he was sacked four times. Drew Davis (Fr.-Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial) led the Blugold receivers with 36 yards.

On defense, Sean Graham (Sr.-Hales Corners, Wis./Whitnall) and Jake Safstrom (Jr.-Grafton, Wis.) led the Blugolds with eight tackles each, including a sack for Safstrom. Cody Taubman (So.-New Richmond, Wis.) picked off one Johnnie pass while three different Blugolds recovered fumbles.

Eau Claire drops to 0-2 on the season while Saint John's improves to 2-0.

After taking next weekend off, the Blugolds will be at home for the first time this season, hosting 12th-ranked Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) on Sept. 28. Kickoff at Carson Park is scheduled for noon and it will be the Blugolds' Hall of Fame Game.

-KM-

Aug. 31: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Moravian at King's
7:00 PM
Methodist at Campbell
7:00 PM
Alfred State at Coast Guard
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
7:00 PM
Stevenson at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Wesley at Delaware Valley
7:00 PM
Mayville St. at Buena Vista
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
McMurry at Okla. Panhandle
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Curry
7:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Washington and Lee
Live Stats
7:00 PM
FDU-Florham at TCNJ
7:00 PM
MIT at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Westfield State at Nichols
7:30 PM
Anna Maria at WPI
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Wilkes at Muhlenberg
TBA
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
TBA
St. Norbert at UW-Stevens Point
TBA
Knox at Eureka
12:00 PM
Grove City at Juniata
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Endicott
Video Live Stats
12:00 PM
Worcester State at Salve Regina
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
12:00 PM
Norwich at Morrisville State
12:00 PM
Bethany at Ursinus
12:00 PM
Brockport at Hobart
12:00 PM
Augustana at Cortland
12:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Buffalo State
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Video Live Stats Live Stats
12:30 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Mount Union
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Oberlin
1:00 PM
Catholic at McDaniel
1:00 PM
Heidelberg at Olivet
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
1:00 PM
Alma at St. Vincent
1:00 PM
Castleton at Plymouth State
1:00 PM
Lycoming at Susquehanna
1:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at John Carroll
1:00 PM
Alfred at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Misericordia at Merchant Marine
1:00 PM
Albion at Wabash
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Dickinson at Randolph-Macon
1:00 PM
Bluffton at Wooster
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Union at Husson
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at Westminster (Pa.)
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
1:00 PM
Averett at Hampden-Sydney
1:00 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
Live Stats
1:00 PM
William Paterson at RPI
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
1:30 PM
Franklin at Thomas More
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Centre at Hanover
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Capital
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Defiance
1:30 PM
Earlham at Wilmington
2:00 PM
Carthage at Aurora
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
2:00 PM
Guilford at Huntingdon
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Simpson
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Nebraska Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rockford at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Finlandia at Concordia (Wis.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Bethel
2:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
2:00 PM
Grinnell at St. Olaf
2:00 PM
Hamline at Crown
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Whitworth at Central
2:00 PM
Coe at UW-River Falls
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Ripon
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Presentation at Lawrence
2:00 PM
George Fox at UW-Platteville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Lake Forest at Beloit
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
3:00 PM
Austin at Bacone
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at La Verne
6:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Adrian
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Southern Virginia
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Brevard at Davidson
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Otterbein at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Marietta at Geneva
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Utica
7:00 PM
Southwestern at Denison
7:00 PM
Martin Luther at Minnesota-Morris
7:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
7:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Illinois College
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Trinity Int'l at Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas-Permian Basin
7:00 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
7:00 PM
Wayland Baptist at Louisiana College
8:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Augsburg
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
8:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at North Central (Ill.)
8:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Benedictine
8:00 PM
Lyon at Hendrix
8:00 PM
Howard Payne at Southwestern Assemblies
10:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Redlands
10:00 PM
Rhodes at Willamette
Live Stats
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
2:00 PM
Dickinson at Lebanon Valley
Maintenance in progress.