Time of Poss.
MENOMONIE (September 7, 2019) - Trailing by a touchdown to the third-ranked team in the country, UW-Stout came up big defensively on three consecutive series in the fourth quarter, but could not convert and fell 14-7 to St. John's University, Saturday at Don & Nona Williams Stadium.
Stout led 7-0 at halftime, scoring first against St. John's while executing a 12-play, 77-yard drive capped off by a 4-yard reception by Tyler Seymour with 4:25 remaining in the first period, but the Johnnies scored twice in just over two minutes in the third quarter and held on.
The Johnnies' Jackson Erdmann hit Kenneth Udoibok with a 3-yard pass at 4:30 of the third, then scored on the first play of the next drive when Erdmann, last season's D3football.com player of the year, connected with Henry Trost for a 46-yard score.
The Blue Devils held the Johnnies scoreless in the first half for the first time since the opening 2017 NCAA playoff game and limited St. John's to 78 yards of total offense in the first half. Luke Wilz snared his first collegiate interception when he picked off Erdmann to complete the first drive of the game.
After the Johnnies took the 14-7 lead, Stout defense held the Johnnies three consecutive drives in the fourth quarter, once at the six-inch line on fourth down when Stout's Luke Wilz and Mason Olson turned Udoibok sideways to deny him the score, then on a blocked field goal attempt by Scott Gustafson and an interception by Jed Schlegel.
Stout got a another chance in the waning seconds of the game when they stopped St. John's on fourth down with 41 seconds left in the game on the Stout 32. Quarterback Sean Borgerding scrambled for a 12 yard run to the Stout 44, then got a first down by pass interference on fourth-and-10 for a new set of downs. Levy Hamer hauled in a 17-yard pass to the St. John's 25, but Borgerding was picked off in the end zone as time expired.
Erdmann finished with 235 passing yards, going 20-of-35 with two interceptions and was sacked three time. St. John's finished with 3-1 total yards of offense. The Blue Devil defense held the Johnnies to 66 total rushing yards.
The Blue Devils finished with 177 total yards of offense, 136 in the air, 41 on the ground on 36 rushes. Borgerding completed 13 passes for 136 yards, but was intercepted three times.
Stout will host Gustavus Adolphus College, Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m.