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Cougars prevail in overtime 30-29
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The University of Minnesota, Morris football team overcame a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Crown 30-29 in overtime.

With the win the Cougars improve to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.


Morris trailed 23-9 with 7:16 left in the game.

The Cougars threw the ball 61 times for 327 yards. Brendon Foss  had 14 catches for 150 yards and a score.

The Storm held the Cougars to just 38 yards rushing, their lowest total of the year. It was just the third time all season the Cougars have failed to get over 100 yards in a single game.

The 327 yards passing was the second most all year after having 390 in the season opener. The 61 attempts was the most all season by 10 attempts.

It was the fourth time this year B. Foss had over 100 yards receiving in a game and the third time over 150 yard in a game.

The Crown Storm opened up the scoring in the first quarter on a 56-yard run from Amos Schmidt, the point after attempt failed as they went up 6-0.

The Storm made it 13-0 with 7:51 left in the half on a Wes Stafford one-yard run.

  Dalton DeGraffenreid caught an eight-yard TD pass from Derrick Foss making it 13-6, as the point after was missed. It was DeGraffenreid's seventh TD catch of the year.

Just 1:39 before halftime Cameron Adel hit a 22-yard field goal to make 13-9 going into the break.

  After a silent third quarter Kurt Fickle hit a 24-yard field goal making it 16-9 and then the Crown's Sebastian Alvar picked off a pass and returned to the house making it 23-9 with 7:16 left. 

D. Foss hit his brother B. Foss from three yards out with 5:13 left pulling UMM within seven.

With 1:45 left in the game Leandro Dower scored from a yard out and Adel hit the point after to tie the game up at 23.

  In overtime Crown had the ball first after the Cougars won the toss and chose to play defense. Amos Schmidt put the Storm up 29-23, but the extra point failed as the Cougars took over. The Cougars took advantage of two defense pass interference calls and then Dower scored again from a yard out to tie the game. Adel converted the point after to complete the comeback giving UMM the win.

This Saturday the Cougars will wrap up the season taking on St. Scholastica at 1 p.m. at Big Cat Stadium