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Foss scores 3 TDs in Cougars' 54-20 win

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Foss scores 3 TDs in Cougars' 54-20 win
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The University of Minnesota, Morris football team racked up 431 yards of offense on Saturday in a 54-20 win over Westminster at Big Cat Stadium.

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The Cougars improved to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference with the win. Brendon Foss had 12 catches for 182 yards and three touchdowns in the win to earn UMAC offensive player of the week honors.

The Cougars struck first blood on a Dalton DeGraffenreid 72-yard punt return with 9:50 remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter Morris drove 72 yards, sparked by a big catch and run by Brendon Foss. The drive ended with a Foss touchdown and after a Cam Adel point after the Cougars were up 14-0 over Westminster with 11:14 remaining in the half.

Brendon Foss went on to score another touchdown with 6:47 remaining in the half and after a Luke Evans interception on the Blue Jay's next drive, Roumy Desir joined the scoring party with a touchdown of his own putting the Cougars up 28-0.

The Blue Jays scored with 15 seconds left to make the score 28-6 going into halftime.

The defense as not overshadowed by the offense in the first half. They pressured Westminster into two intentional grounding calls and held the Blue Jays to just 58 yards passing in the first half. Coming in the Blue Jays had averaged 320 yards through the air per game.

The Blue Jays scored on their first drive of the second half, but UMM answered right back with a score on a Derrick Foss rushing touchdown to put the Cougars up 34-14 with 9:54 left to go in the third quarter.

DeGraffenreid added another score on a seven-yard TD catch from Dan Garrigan.

The defense held the Blue Jays on the next drive forcing them to punt, except the snap got away and the punter jumped on the loose ball at their own three-yard line. The Cougars took over and Leandro Dower scored on a one-yard run to make it 47-14.

Less than three minutes later Brendon Foss scored his third touchdown of the game on a 10-yard throw from Garrigan.

The Blue Jays added a score of their own with 1:17 left in the third quarter to make the final score 54-20.

The defense was led by Chad Mathiowetz who pulled in two interceptions. The Cougars held the Blue Jays to negative five yards rushing on 27 attempts.

None of the 11 combined scoring drives were over 3:18 in clock time as the scoring was fast and furious. The Cougars did not have a scoring drive over 2:11.

This Saturday the Cougars head to Illinois to play Eureka College. The game is set to kickoff at 1 pm.

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