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Hanson, Schulte lead Augustana to NSIC win over Mary



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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Tyler Schulte tied a school record with four touchdown receptions and Josh Hanson passed for 406 yards to lead Augustana to a 52-21 win over the University of Mary in Northern Sun
Intercollegiate Conference football Saturday afternoon at Kirkeby-Over Stadium in Sioux Falls. For the second consecutive season, Augustana starts 3-0 (2-0 NSIC); U-Mary drops to 0-3 (0-2 NSIC). Schulte’s four-touchdown outing tied Tom Brown’s identical game against Morningside on Nov. 3, 1985. Schulte finished with a career-high 11 catches for 161 yards.  His stellar show spearheaded a potent performance by the Viking receiving corps. Eric Ellingworth caught eight passes for a career-high 102 yards, while Sam Holsen caught another seven passes for 67 yards. Hanson completed 31-of-45 passes for five touchdowns. He also rushed for one touchdown and did not throw an interception all afternoon. Nate Mahone rushed for 42 yards and one touchdown. He also caught a 22-yard touchdown pass.
Dan O’Keefe recorded two interceptions in the win. Chris Janisch led the Vikings with seven tackles, while Brandon Ordorff and Thomas Vanasek each had a sack.

The Marauders’ only lead of the game would come after their opening drive. U-Mary went to work immediately, charging 68 yards in 10 plays. Terry Newsome finished the drive with a 12-yard touchdown catch from CraigBagnell.

It didn’t take long for Augustana to build a drive of its own. On the ensuing possession, the Vikings charged 88 yards to knot the contest at 7-7. Ellingworth jump started the drive with a 21-yard catch, and
Schulte covered a large chunk of ground with his 47-yard snag to get the Vikings to the U-Mary 17-yard line. Hanson scampered in from 16 yards for the score.

After forcing a U-Mary three-and-out, the Vikings pushed their lead to 14-7. Ellingworth and Schulte again keyed the offense, accounting for 50 yards of Augustana’s 61-yard drive. Mahone plunged in from 2-yards out to cap the drive.

The Vikings quickly regained possession after O’Keefe snagged his second interception of the season and returned it 21 yards to the U-Mary 22-yard line. Three plays later and freshly into the second quarter, Hanson hooked up with Schulte for a 28-yard strike to put the Vikings ahead 21-7.

U-Mary settled for another three-and-out on their subsequent possession, but Zach Reisenauer’s punt went just 7 yards and put the Vikings on the Marauders’s 37-yard line.

The Vikings required just five plays to find paydirt again as Schulte grabbed his second touchdown catch of the game from 20 yards out to push the Augustana lead to 28-7.

From there, however, U-Mary found its stride offensively, immediately scoring on its next possession off a Bagnell 36-yard scramble and turning an Augustana three-and-out into a 56-yard drive finished by a
5-yard score from Bo Cole.

The Vikings would find the endzone once more just before the half. Working with 1:22 on the clock, Hanson connected with Parsley, Ellingworth, Holsen and Schulte to take his offense to the 13-yard line.
It was Schulte who again cashed in the final play of the drive, scoring on a quick slant for his third touchdown of the game.

Hanson had a monster first half, completing 18-of-24 passes for 277 yards and three touchowns. Schulte caught all three touchdown passes and had 133 yards on eight catches at the break.

Bagnell had 64 yards rushing and 74 passing with one touchdowns in the first half.

The Vikings would mostly cruise in the second half, rattling off 16 unanswered points.

Mahone concluded a nine-play, 75-yard drive with a 22-yard catch on Augsutana’s first possession of the second half. Mahone also rushed for 23 yards of that drive.

Drew Behrens added to the Augustana lead just inside the fourth quarter after he drilled a career-long 44-yard field goal to give Augustana a 45-21 advantage. He also finished 7-of-7 on point after attempts for the afternoon.

O’Keefe’s interception set up the Augustana offense on the Marauder 31-yard line. Another Hanson-to-Schulte touchdown connectio--this one from 5 yards out--put the finishing touches on the Viking win and placed Schulte into the record book for touchdown receptions in a game.

The Vikings held the Marauders to just 202 yards of total offense.

U-Mary was without the play of its starting running back Jamal Lomax, who was sidelined with an injury. Bagnell led the Marauder rushing attack with 52 yards on the ground. He also threw for 79 yards.

Marice Burrough and Willie Wengshlah each had 10 tackles for U-Mary.

Augustana continues conference play next Saturday at home when the Vikings host Southwest Minnesota State at 1 p.m. The contest will be the first with an NSIC South Division opponent this season.
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