Winona State set a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference record with 781 yards of total offense in a 73-35 win over Augustana (4-6 NSIC, 2-4 NSIC South) on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Falls. The Warriors (8-2 NSIC, 5-1 NSIC South) threw for 525 yards and rushed for 257 in the win.
Augustana, playing in its final home game of the season, drops to 2-3 at home marking its first ever losing season at Kirkeby-Over Stadium. The 73 points allowed is also the most since giving up 68 points to South Dakota State in 1954.
Josh Hanson became Augustanas all-time leader in career touchdown passes throwing three in the game. Hanson has thrown 71 career touchdown passes surpassing Eric DeGraff who threw 69 career touchdowns from 1997-2000.
Winona States Rayon Simmons finished the game with 187 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 27 attempts. John Teigland was 21 of 27 passing for 330 yards and two touchdowns while back-up quarterback Bryan Bradshaw was 10 of 11 passing for 156 yards and three touchdowns.
Augustana finished the game with 315 yards of total offense, including 193 yards on the ground. Dajon Newell finished the game with 138 rushing yards on 13 attempts and a touchdown. He has now rushed for 100 or more yards in a game for the fifth time this season and scored his career-best eighth touchdown of the season.
Winona State finished the game with 38 first downs while holding the Vikings to just 17. Augustana turned the ball over four times, including two interceptions and two fumbles.
Thomas Vanasek recorded a career-high 13 tackles for the Vikings. Nate Kirby added eight tackles and a forced fumble in the game.
Winona State jumped out to an early 17-0 lead and never looked back.
Augustanas defense put the ball into the offenses hand coming up with a big takeaway. Nate Kirby stripped Simmons of the ball and Thomas Vanasek recovered to set the Vikings up with the ball. The offense sputtered and went three-and-out allowing the Warriors to score the games first points.
Teigland hit Alan May for a 32-yard pass completion setting up the Warriors at Augustanas 27-yard line. Six plays later Simmons dove into the end zone for his 15th touchdown of the season giving Winona State a 7-0 lead with 8:06 left in the first quarter.
On Augustanas next offensive possession its drive was cut short when Hanson and Ham had a miscommunication in the backfield causing a fumble that was recovered by WSUs Murray. The Viking defense was able to keep the Warriors out of the end zone but they took a 10-0 lead on a 35-yard field goal by Jake Vercher.
Augustana moved the ball well in its next possession but saw its drive stall at the Winona State 33-yard line. Behrens came on to attempt the 50-yard field goal but it was blocked by Anthony Frisbe and the Warriors took over at their own 33-yard line.
Two plays later Teigland hit Tyler Speer for a 60-yard touchdown pass extending Winona States lead to 17-0 with 1:12 to play in the first quarter.
Augustana would not go away quietly as Grant Gebhardt returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown cutting WSUs lead to 17-7 with 58 second left in the first quarter.
Winona State responded with an eight-play 73-yard drive that took up over four minutes of game clock that ended on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Teigland to Jim Montgomery giving Winona State a 24-7 lead.
The Warriors extended to their lead to 31-7 with 7:42 left in the first half when wide receiver Tyler Speer hit Warrior quarterback John Teigland on a reverse pass for a 39-yard touchdown.
Ben Parsley kept the Vikings alive on the next drive making an incredible diving catch in the end zone on a 22-yard pass from Hanson. Augustana moved the ball well on the drive thanks in part to an 18-yard run by CJ Ham that extended the drive into Winona State territory.
Hanson looked to overthrow Parsley on the touchdown pass but Parsley extended out and made the diving catch to cut WSUs lead to 17 at 31-14 with 4:27 to play in the first half.
The Warriors answered with a nine-play 93-yard drive that ended with a 21-yard touchdown run by Simmons to extend his teams lead to 38-14 with 40 seconds left in the first half.
Winona State finished the first half with 473 yards of total offense, including 344 passing yards and 129 rushing yards. Simmons rushed for 128 of the 129 yards for the Warriors. Teigland was 15 of 20 passing in the half for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
Augustana was held to just 119 yards of total offense, 68 passing and 51 rushing. The Warriors moved the ball well picking up 22 first downs while holding the Vikings to eight.
Hanson led the Vikings down the field on the opening drive of the second half and ended it with his school record 70th career touchdown pass to Gebhardt. The score brought the Vikings within 17 at 38-21.
Winona State looked poised to extend its lead back to 24 but a Ross Peterson interception and 76-yard return kept the momentum on the Vikings side. Newell broke off a 22-yard touchdown run to bring the Vikings within 10 at 38-28 with 9:12 to play in the third quarter.
The Warriors pulled the slowed the momentum down on the following going 76 yards on 10 plays that was capped off by a five-yard touchdown run by Simmons. Simmons third touchdown of the game gave WSU a 45-28 lead.
After a 33-yard touchdown catch by Darren Niklason to bring the score to 45-35, Winona State answered with a 54-yard drive on four plays and a 15-yard touchdown pass from Bryan Bradshaw to Alex Jensen bringing the Warriors lead to 52-35.
Just two plays into Augustanas next drive Winona State recovered a fumble in Augustana territory leading to another passing touchdown by Bradshaw. Josh Mikes caught a 25-yard touchdown pass extending WSUs lead to 59-35.
Hanson was intercepted on the following drive leading to a 14-yard rushing touchdown by Bradshaw giving Winona State a 66-35 lead. After another Viking interception Winona State scored again and went on to win 73-35.
Augustana will close-out the 2012 season next Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State with a 1 p.m. kickoff in Marshall, Minn.
Courtesy: Tim Evans, Augustana Athletics