/seasons/2016/contrib/20161126wr3dp4

Tommies start fast, race past Kohawks

More news about: St. Thomas

Senior QB Alex Fenske threw for three touchdowns and 229 yards in just over two quarters and the host Tommies slowed Coe All-America RB candidate Trevor Heitland in Saturday's 55-6 win in round two of the NCAA Division III football playoffs at O'Shaughnessy Stadium.

UST (12-0) improved to 16-1 in home playoff games under Coach Glenn Caruso and handed the Kohawks (11-1) their first defeat of 2016.

The Tommies improved to 6-0 in NCAA second-round games under Caruso and reached the national quarterfinals for the sixth time in the last eight seasons. Caruso's nine-year St. Thomas record climbed to 99-14. UST will play 11-1 UW-Oshkosh next Saturday at noon, most likely at UST's Palmer Field.

Seven different Tommies scored touchdowns, including six different players crossing the goal in a 20:32 span of the first half.

The UST defense limited Coe to 56 net rushing yards on 38 carries. St. Thomas has allowed just three touchdowns in its last 22 quarters since mid-October and has held 12 opponents to 61.9 net rushing yards a contest.

UST senior CB Michael Alada had his 11th interception of the season -- a total that leads all NCAA players at all four levels. It broke a 33-year-old school record of 10 pickoffs held by Neal Guggemos, who went on to a five-year NFL career.

Backup LB Dylan Andrew, a converted quarterback, had his second interception in as many games.

In building a 41-0 halftime lead, the Tommie defense had three interceptions and limited Coe to 2-of-13 on third and fourth downs in their nine first-half possessions. On the game St. Thomas had two sacks among seven tackles for loss as well as 10 quarterback hurries and four breaks ups.

Heitland was coming off a 251-yard rushing day one week earlier against Monmouth but Saturday managed 43 rushing yards on 24 carries and closed with 80 rushing/receiving yards on 29 touches.

The Tommie offense rolled up 605 yards of offense, and just missed getting two 100-yard individual rushers. Tucker Trettel's 83-yard TD run helped him collect 102 yards on nine carries. Josh Parks had TD runs of 4 and 25 yards and finished with 99 yards on 12 carries. Fenske finished 16-of-23 for 229 yards and no interceptions as he improved to 16-1 on his career as a starter.

The Tommies lost a fumble on their first possession at the UST 29, but three plays later Andrew picked off a fourth-down Coe pass and returned the ball 52 yards to the Coe 24. That set up the first TD, a 13-yard Fenske to Luke Iverson pass.

The Tommies stopped Coe for a loss of three on 4th and 1 at the Coe 45. On the first UST play, Fenske hit Joe Reed for a 42-yard scoring pass to push the lead to 13-0. Another interception by Alada and a return to midfield set up a seven-play scoring drive that pushed the lead 20-0 after one quarter.

Coe scored on its first play of the second half on a 66-yard bomb from Gavin Glenn to Seth Williams. Terrence Hall led the Coe defense with 11 tackles, a fumble recovery, a break up and a QB hurry.

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Husson 23, at Springfield 21
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
Video Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
Video Box Score
Final
at Wesley 45, RPI 27
Video Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
Video Box Score
Final
at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
Video Box Score
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
Box Score Video Recap
Final
Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
Video Box Score Recap
Final - OT
at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
Video Preview Box Score Live stats
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
Video Box Score
Nov. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
St. Thomas at Berry
@ Location TBD
1:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
@ TBA
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 Box Score
Final
at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
Video Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
Video Box Score
Final
at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
Video Box Score
Final
at Wesley 45, RPI 27
Video Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
Video Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Husson 23, at Springfield 21
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Framingham State 48, Curry 14
Video Box Score
Final
Cortland 35, at Union 28
Box Score
Final
Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final - OT
at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
Video Preview Box Score Live stats
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
Video Box Score
Final
at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
Video Box Score
2nd - 03:43
7 Salisbury
7 Ithaca
@ Newark, Del.
Video Box Score Live stats
1st - 08:20
0 SUNY-Maritime
0 WPI
Live stats Video
Nov. 19: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Alfred
@ University of Delaware
Video Preview Live stats Audio