No. 21/19 Augustana University football improved to 2-0 on the season with a convincing 63-0 win over the University of Mary (0-2) in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action on Saturday afternoon. The Vikings took a 35-0 lead after the first half and cruised to its second straight shutout over U-Mary.
The shutout marks Augustana's first since defeating U-Mary 52-0 on Sept. 27, 2014.
The Vikings are now 4-2 all-time against the Marauders.
The Viking defense stifled U-Mary all afternoon long holding the Maruaders to just 85 yards of total offense. U-Mary rushed for just 50 yards and passed for 85.
Augustana finished with a season-high 564 yards of total offense, including 383 yards through the air and 181 rushing yards. The Viking offense had five different players pick up their first career touchdowns in the win. DJ Luke, Drew Reinschmidt, Jake Welsheimer, Nathan Merriman and Trevor DeSchepper all scored their first career touchdowns this afternoon.
Trey Heid had a hot hand in the first half and finished the game 23 of 27 passing for 339 yards and four touchdowns. Heid has now thrown 71 career touchdown passes which puts him two away from tying and three away from becoming Augustana's all-time leader. Josh Hanson is the current record holder having thrown 73 touchdown passes from 2009-12.
Augustana had multiple players get in on the offensive mix this afternoon. Redshirt freshman running back DJ Luke led the team with 64 rushing yards and scored his first career touchdown. Caden Quintanilla ended the game with 55 yards on nine carries and Jackie Davis rushed for 50 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.
Chase Marso completed 5 of 7 passes for 44 yards in the second half for Augustana.
Jordan Determan led the Viking defense with nine tackles, including one for loss, while Kirby Hora, Bryson Hamilton and Collin Holt each added seven tackles. Dalton Frahm registered six tackles and Zach Johnson posted five, finishing the game with 4.5 tackles for loss.
Avram Tynes picked-off his second career pass to go along with two tackles. Tynes returned the interception 64 yards, setting up a Viking touchdown.
Augustana scored 35 unanswered points in the first half, including putting up 28 in the second quarter, jumping out to a big lead in the first road game of the season.
Augustana's defense set the tone early, putting U-Mary into a first and long situation before forcing a punt that allowed the offense to start in Marauders territory.
The Vikings offense was off and running from the first possession opening the scoring when Heid hit Nathan Merriman for a 13-yard touchdown putting
Augustana up 7-0 early. The receiving touchdown marked the first of Merriman's career.
Augustana got its offense back on the field quickly following a three-and-out by U-Mary but the next drive stalled and Lucas Wainman sent a 42-yard field goal attempt wide left. It didn't take the Vikings long to get the ball back and the offense scored quickly when Heid hit Trevor DeSchepper for his first career touchdown reception, a 43-yard connection, giving Augustana a 14-0 lead.
The Vikings extended the lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter on a five-yard touchdown run by Jackie Davis and just four minutes later, went ahead 28-0 after Heid found Matt Heller for a 16-yard touchdown pass.
Augustana didn't let off the gas as Heid threw his fourth touchdown of the half, a three-yard connection with Jake Welsheimer, putting his team up 35-0 with 59 seconds left in the first half. The touchdown catch by Welsheimer marked the first of his career.
Augustana ended the first half with 345 yards of total offense, including 259 passing yards and 86 on the rushing attack. Heid completed 18 of 21 passes for 259 yards and four scores while the Vikings held U-Mary to just 49 total yards.
Davis scored two of his three rushing touchdowns in the second half, opening the scoring in the third quarter for the Vikings with a one-yard touchdown run. He gave Augustana a 49-0 lead on an eight-yard touchdown run with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter.
Luke found paydirt for his first career touchdown with 11:49 to play on a two-yard scoring run after picking up a 25-yard carry earlier in the drive.
In the fourth quarter, Drew Reinschmidt became the fifth player in the game to score their first career touchdown. Reinschmidt scored from one yard out with 1:33 remaining in the contest to give the Vikings a 63-0 lead.
Augustana will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 17 hosting Minnesota Crookston at 1 p.m. at Kirkeby-Over Stadium.