Augustana wins opener, plays Central at home Saturday
A strong defensive effort, coupled with an effective debut by starting quarterback Zachary Fuller, pushed Augustana to a 21-10 win over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday in Cincinnati in the Vikings' season opener.
According to Athletics.Augustana.edu, the Vikings defense had four turnovers – including taking in a fumble for a touchdown – and three sacks while holding the Lions to their lowest point total in almost three years.
Meanwhile, Fuller, a sophomore making his first varsity start, was 17-of-29, passing for 196 yards and a touchdown and an interception, and also notched a 1-yard touchdown run.
Ryan Pitra led the Vikings with 62 yards rushing, while Ryan Hennessy had a team-high seven receptions.
Jack Asquini had 11 tackles with 3½ for a loss and two sacks, while Frank Kalble also had 11 tackles. Daniel Watson had a 22-yard fumble return for a score to go with eight tackles, five pass breakups and an interception.
Augustana's home opener against Central College is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. Central is coming off a 50-49 upset of No. 19 Whitworth University last weekend in Spokane, Washington, according to central.edu. The Dutch had 602 yards of offense in the game, including a school-record 406 passing yards combined from quarterbacks Riley Grey (257 yards) and Nate Boland (149).