Thomas Schleusener, Gustavus

Thomas Schleusener, Gustavus

Rapid City, S.D. / Stevens

Gustavus delivered one of the signature moments of the 2013 MIAC football season Saturday when it stunned No. 18-ranked Saint John's 23-20 in double overtime. The Gusties' special teams were certainly special in the upset victory, led by junior Thomas Schleusener (Rapid City, S.D./Stevens). The Gustavus kicker and punter split the uprights on the game-winning field goal in double overtime to cap an 11-point afternoon. For his clutch performance, Schleusener was named the MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week.

Schleusener had a great day in the kicking game for Gustavus, as he was 3-for-4 on field goals - including the huge game-winner from 37 yards out - and 2-for-2 on PATs. Schleusener's only miss came at the end of regulation on a game-winning attempt, but he redeemed himself by nailing a field goal in both overtime periods to help his team defeat the Johnnies for the first time since 1997. It was also Gustavus' first win over a ranked opponent since 2008. He also contributed mightily to the field-position battle, as he punted six times for a 38.2 average with three inside the 20 and two fair catches. This season, Schleusener's 45 points rank third among MIAC kickers, as he's 6-for-11 on field goals and 27-for-30 on PATs.

Thanks to its big win, Gustavus continued to be one of the MIAC's most pleasant surprises in 2013 with a 5-3 overall record and a 3-3 mark in conference play. The Gusties will try to secure a winning season Saturday with another big home game on the schedule. Gustavus will host Carleton at 1 p.m. in St. Peter, Minn.

2013 MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week

DATE       NAME       SCHOOL       AWARD      
11/18/2013       Anthony Kemper       Carleton       Offense      
        Landon Mathis       Bethel       Defense      
        Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane       Augsburg       Special Teams      
11/11/2013       Jeffrey Dubose       Gustavus       Offense      
        Mitch Heflin       Carleton       Defense      
        Thomas Schleusener       Gustavus       Special Teams      
11/04/2013       Joey Sonnenfeld       Augsburg       Offense      
        Michael Juberian       Augsburg       Defense      
        Thomas Schleusener       Gustavus       Special Teams      
10/28/2013       Griffin Neal       Concordia       Offense      
        Matt Mehlhorn       Bethel       Defense      
        Ben Wagner       Concordia       Special Teams      
10/21/2013       Erik Peterson       Bethel       Offense      
        Seth Mathis       Bethel       Defense      
        Jack Gilliland       St. Thomas       Special Teams      
10/14/2013       Tim Bona       Hamline       Offense      
        Anthony Hill       Hamline       Defense      
        Griffin Toomey       Saint John's       Special Teams      
10/7/2013       Jeffrey Dubose       Gustavus       Offense      
        Josh Treimer       Bethel
        Andrew O'Reilly       Bethel       Special Teams      
9/30/2013       Griffin Neal       Concordia       Offense      
        Zach Dilger       Gustavus       Defense      
        Andrew O'Reilly       Bethel       Special Teams      
9/23/2013       Austin Duncan       Hamline       Offense      
        Nolan Lortz       Saint John's       Defense      
        Bryce Hentges       Concordia       Special Teams      
9/16/2013       Josh Bungum       Saint John's       Offense      
        Josh Treimer       Bethel       Defense      
        Paul Graupner       St. Thomas       Special Teams      
9/9/2013       Griffin Neal Concordia       Offense      

      Josh Estes Carleton       Defense      
        Alexi Johnson       Saint John's         Special Teams