Dominick Ingram, Staff Writer
The football team put on a show for their large homecoming crowd, threatening to complete a comeback against the St. Olaf Oles but ultimately falling short 48-26. Augsburg falls to 1-3 on the year and the Oles remained undefeated with a 4-0 record.
St. Olaf came out of the gates locked in, scoring the first 28 points unanswered and taking advantage of several Augsburg miscues on offense that ended with four punts, two fumbles and a blocked field goal attempt. Augsburg finally appeared in the score column on its final drive in the first half, fueled by a 69-yard kickoff return by Le’Andre Benion. Quarterback Quinn Frisell, who returned to action after missing a game and a half due to injury, finished off the successful drive on offense, throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Williams with 26 seconds left in the first half. The final drive of the first half brought the Auggies to life as they scored three more times in the second half. Frisell threw two third-quarter touchdown passes — a 13-yarder to Mike Rodriguez and a nine-yarder to Benion.
A huge storyline of the 2nd half was the surprise successful onside kick recovered by Williams on the St. Olaf 45-yard line, giving the Auggies an extra possession on offense. This gave Augsburg some momentum to begin their 2nd half run. The Auggies had promising play from their quarterbacks, with Frisell completing 17-of-32 passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns while Chad Costello completed 3-of-6 passes for 32 yards. There were many other notable performances throughout the game from the Auggies on offense and defense. Wide receiver Josiah Ferguson caught six passes for 57 yards and Mike Rodriguez caught three passes for 51 yards. Tony Neve played a prominent role on the Auggie defense, recording nine tackles (three solo), including a tackle for-loss.
Augsburg is hoping to be playing their best football by next weekend against a solid No.4 St. John’s.
This article was originally published in the October 4, 2019 issue.