Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Westminster defense shuts down Cougars
By Brian Curtis - Morris, MN
Westminster College held Minnesota-Morris to just 171 yards in total offense on Saturday, 141 of that came in the second half, as the Blue jays downed the Cougars 28-13 in Fulton, Missouri in the UMAC conference opener for both teams.
Westminster scored on their first possession of the game and took a 6-0 lead with 7:30 to go in the opening quarter of play.
The Blue Jays would take a 14-0 lead with just over six minutes to play in the first half, before Adam Turgeon (So. S. St. Paul) took the ensuing kickoff for 90 yards and the first score of the game for UMM. Miracle Obeta (Fr. St. Paul, MN) added the extra point kick to cut the Blue Jay lead to 14-7.
The Cougars cut the deficit to one at 14-13, with two minutes left in the first half as Anthony Ekren (Sr. Morris, MN) hit Terrance McCray (Sr. Lafayette, LA) on a 17 yard scoring play capping off a six pay 42 yard scoring drive.
The extra point kick was no good and Westminster took a 14-13 lead into the locker room at the break.
But that would be as close as the Cougars would get.
The Blue Jays held UMM to just 30 yards in the second half and added single touchdown's in each the third and fourth quarter on the way to the 28-13 win. Wesminster had 327 yards in total offense on the day
Adam Turgeon had a big day for the Cougars in the kick off return department. He had five returns for 164 yards and the one 90 yard TD.
Scott Rieland (Jr. Cold Spring, MN) led the defense with 16 total tackles, Travis Destache (Jr. Mahtomedi, MN) had 14 and Marty Hoffmann (Sr. Sleepy Eye, MN) added 11 1/2.
The Cougars (1-2, 0-1 UMAC) are back home for the next three weeks, beginning this weekend when they host Trinity Bible College in UMAC action Saturday September 25 at 1:00 p.m. at Cougar Field.