Upper Iowa Stuns Augustana With Late Score

Vikings Fall 21-20

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A chilly and windy day greeted Augustana and Upper Iowa in the first-ever Farm Fest on Saturday at Kirkeby-Over Stadium, where the Peacocks spoiled the festivities with a come-from-behind 21-20 win over the Vikings.

 

The loss drops Augustana to 3-5 overall and to 1-3 in the NSIC South, while Upper Iowa improves to 5-3 overall and to an even 2-2 in the NSIC South.

 

Augustana got the ball to start the game, and drove deep into Upper Iowa territory before turning the ball over on downs, but two plays into the Peacocks first drive, John Waters took a tipped pass at the 21, and returned it for a touchdown to give the Vikings the early 7-0 lead.

 

The Peacocks answered later in the first with an 8 play, 37-yard touchdown drive to even the score at 7-7 with 2 minutes, 33 seconds left in the quarter, and then capitalized on an Augustana turnover deep in Vikings territory to take a 14-7 lead with 10:38 left in the second quarter.

 

The Vikings bounced back in the second quarter with a quick 3 play, 62-yard drive, which included a 20-yard Jake Welscheimer run, followed by a incomplete pass on a flea flicker and a 42-yard Ryan Rubley touchdown run to tie the game at 14 with just under 10 minutes left in the first half.

 

The final score of the first half came off the foot of Jeff Glassburner, as the Vikings kicker drilled a career-long 42-yard field goal with under two minutes left in the half to give Augustana a 17-14 lead at halftime.

 

Neither team could get any momentum in the third quarter until late in the frame, when Jeff Glassburner rushed for 24-yards and a first down on a fake punt, setting himself up for a 34-yard field goal that gave the Vikings a 20-14 lead with 3:38 left in the third quarter.

 

Still 20-14 Vikings in the fourth, Upper Iowa marched 49 yards in three plays, capped by a 40-yard Brent Lammers touchdown run to take its first lead of the game at 21-10 with just shy of 10 minutes left in the game.

 

The Vikings attempted a 42-yard field goal into the brisk wind with under three minutes to play, but it came up short.

 

Augustana returns to the road, but stay in Sioux Falls next week, when they head across town to take on Sioux Falls. The Vikings and Cougars kickoff at 12:05 p.m., in a game that can be seen live on Midco SN.

 

NOTES: The Vikings lead the all-time series with the Peacocks 9-2 … Augustana falls to 34-17 all-time at Kirkeby-Over Stadium, where the teams played in front of 2,751 fans …

 

Waters’ first-career pick-six marks the third interception return for a touchdown by a Vikings player this season, joining Jordan Determan at Minot State on Sept. 9, and Matt Wagner vs. Southwest Minnesota State on Oct. 14 … Jake Welscheimer rushed the ball for the first time in his career, a 20-yard gain in the second quarter … Glassburner set a career-high with his 42-yard field goal and also tallied his first-career rush, on a fake punt, which went for 24 yards and a first down … Rubley’s 42-yard touchdown run tied a career-high and gave him his first-career rushing touchdown … Rubley also rushed for a career-high 99 yards … Hora posted at least 10 tackles in a game for the fifth time this season

-Recap Courtesy AU Athletics

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