Vikings fight but falter in OT at home

Despite defeat, a good game

 

THOMAS ELNESS

tkelness12@ole.augie.edu

 

It took 26 years and two overtimes for University of Sioux Falls to get revenge on Augustana College on the football field.

On Saturday afternoon, the Cougars defeated the Vikings in double-overtime, 32-31, at Augie’s Kirkeby-Over Stadium in front of a record crowd of 7,120 in the 6,000-seat stadium.

The Cougars got off to a quick 7-0 lead in the opening quarter on a 15-play 80-yard drive that started as result of a 10-yard Augie punt. Kicker Ben Albrecht lined up for what would have been a 47-yard field goal attempt fighting a southerly wind, but instead punted 10 yards to the 20-yard line.

Albrecht’s longest career kick is a 33-yard boot, while senior Drew Behrens, Augie’s other kicker, has made two 46-yard field goals in his career.

In quarter two, USF took their biggest lead of the game, scoring on a 9-yard QB-keeper from Taylor Perkins.  The senior Cougar completed 5-5 passes on the 63-yard drive, putting USF ahead 14-0.

After back and forth possessions, Behrens pounded a 63-yard punt to the USF 12-yard line with 4:08 left in the half and a two-score lead.  Despite the lead and the poor field position, the Cougars tried to pass two plays in a row.  On the first play, USF quarterback Perkins was sacked for an 8-yard loss, pushing the Cougars.

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