Foss sets UMM record in double OT win
Saturday was a record setting day for the University of Minnesota, Morris as the Cougars picked up the 45-38 win over Westminster in two overtimes.
Brendon Foss became the school's all-time leader in touchdown catches and the Cougars set a new school record with 412 passing yards.
Foss had 13 catches for 196 yards and three touchdowns against Westminster. He now has 29 TD catches in his career, passing his receiver’s coach, Matt Fragodt, in the progress.
Westminster got on the board with just three minutes left in the first quarter with a 62-yard touchdown run.
Foss had a seven-yard touchdown catch from Donnie Mavencamp with 13:17 left in the second quarter. That touchdown was the record setting 27th touchdown catch for Foss, breaking the school record.
Dalton DeGraffenreid gave Morris the lead with just over five minutes left in the half, returning the punt 53 yards for a touchdown.
The lead did not last long as the Blue Jays scored two touchdowns in a matter of 18 seconds. The first score came on a 22-yard TD run and then a pick six gave them a 21-12 lead.
Cougar Caleb McLaren scored on a two-yard run with 1:48 left in the half to cut into the lead.
The Blue Jays extended their lead in the first five minutes of the second half on a 21-yard run. The scoring then went back and forth for the rest of the third quarter.
McLaren had another two-yard TD run before Westminster responded with a 14-yard pass to take a 35-25 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter Foss had a 22-yard catch to pull UMM within three at 35-32.
Westminster's Kevin Ludwig connected on a 26-yard field goal taking a 38-32 lead with 8:09 left in the game.
Roumy Desir gathered in a 19-yard touchdown catch with 5:04 left to tie the game at 38. The Cougars had a chance to take the one-point lead, but missed the extra point.
Facing a fourth and goal from the nine with just 12 seconds left, Westminster attempted a 25-yard field goal. The Cougars blocked the attempt, keeping the game tied.
Luke Evans intercepted a pass on the Blue Jays’ first attempt in the first overtime. Unfortunately, the Cougars returned the favor, throwing a pick on their first play of their overtime possession.
In the second overtime the Cougars looked for their all-time leader in touchdown catches to make a play and he did just that. Foss caught an 11-yard pass and then a 14-yard touchdown pass to give UMM the 45-38 lead after the successful extra point.
Westminster drove down to the 11-yard line, but a false start moved them back to the 17. On third down the Cougars forced a fumble and recovered it to seal the victory.
The Blue Jays’ running back had 230 yards rushing on 31 attempts. The two teams combined for 943 yards of total offense.