MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week
Ayrton Scott, Augsburg
Minneapolis, Minn. / Southwest
Augsburg's Ayrton Scott (Minneapolis, Minn/ Southwest) has filled up the stat sheet throughout his career, but the senior quarterback had a remarkable performance even by his incredible standards in Saturday's 57-35 win over St. Olaf. Scott rolled up more than 500 yards of total offense while accounting for five total touchdowns as he led Augsburg to 722 total yards and 57 points. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Scott Monday with the MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week award.
Scott's big day included an extremely efficient passing performance, as he was 26-for-32 (.813) for 313 yards and four touchdowns. His longest completion of the day went for 40 yards, and he averaged 9.8 yards per pass attempt. He was just as good on the ground, rushing 22 times for 203 yards (9.2 average) and a touchdown. Scott currently leads the MIAC and ranks second nationally with an average of 364.3 yards-per-game, and he ranks second in the conference in passing yards (241.4 per game), passing touchdowns (18) and third in rushing (122.9 yards per game). Scott has 13,388 total yards in his career, which ranks sixth in Division III history, and his average of 361.8 ranks second all-time in D-III.
Saturday's win helped the Auggies inch closer to the .500 mark at 3-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play. The Auggies will hit the road for a tough test Saturday as they head to Collegeville, Minn., to face defending MIAC champion Saint John's (6-1, 4-1 MIAC). The Johnnies are currently ranked No. 12 (D3football.com) and No. 14 (AFCA) in the nation, and Saturday's game will kick off at 1 p.m.
MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week
Ryan Winter, St. Thomas
Woodbury, Minn. / Woodbury
The University of St. Thomas defense flexed its collective muscle in Saturday's 45-14 win over Bethel as it limited a talented Royals offense, especially in the second half. Tommie defensive lineman Ryan Winter (Woodbury, Minn.) played big in the win with a forced fumble that led to a score and five tackles, including one in the backfield. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Winter Monday with the MIAC Football Defensive Player-of-the-Week award.
Winter's final stat line included five total tackles (three solo), one tackle-for-a-loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. His forced fumble was recovered by UST and turned into a touchdown just three plays later. He also batted down a pass and helped the defense combat Bethel's strong ground game. Winter and the Tommie defense limited Bethel to just one pass completion for one yard and just 16 total yards in the second half. Overall, they held the Royals to 152 total yards and 14 points. This season, Winter has 14 tackles, two sacks, five tackles-for-a-loss, and an interception he returned for a touchdown.
Saturday's victory helped UST improve to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the MIAC and the team is now ranked No. 6 in the nation by both D3football.com and the AFCA. The Tommies' tough stretch continues Saturday with one of their biggest games of the season - a top 25 MIAC showdown with No. 14/17-ranked Concordia (7-1, 5-1 MIAC). Saturday's huge game will kick off in Moorhead, Minn., at 1:10 p.m.
MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week
Josh Bungum, Saint John's
Paynesville, Minn. / Paynesville Area
Saint John's return specialist and wide receiver Josh Bungum (Paynesville, Minn./Paynesville Area) displayed his knack for making big plays Saturday right from the opening kickoff. Bungum took the opening kick back for a 96-yard score and added two more touchdowns on offense in the first quarter of SJU's 56-0 win over Carleton. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Bungum Monday with his second MIAC Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week award of the 2015 season.
Bungum fielded the game's opening kickoff at the four-yard-line, found a seam and showed off some spectacular moves to evade the Knights' coverage team and take it the distance for the score. He also had two punt returns for a total of 16 yards to give him 112 return yards in the win. Bungum also caught four passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns of 80 and 49 yards to finish with 257 all-purpose yards and three scores in the victory. This season, Bungum has seven kick returns for 255 yards (36.4 average) and 11 punt returns for 136 yards (12.4 average). On offense, the senior has 38 catches for 561 yards and five touchdowns.
Saturday's win helped Saint John's improve to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the MIAC and keep another conference title and NCAA Playoff bid in sight. The Johnnies are now ranked No. 12 (D3football.com) and No. 14 (AFCA) in the nation, and they'll look to continue their winning ways Saturday at home with a 1 p.m. kickoff against Augsburg (3-4, 2-3).