RIVER FALLS, Wis. — No. 2 St. Thomas held off a strong challenge by Wisconsin-River Falls in the first half to take a 15-7 halftime lead at Ramer Field in a rare Thursday night college football game.
Quarterback Matt O’Connell hit wide receiver Dan Ferrazzo with a 42-yard pass to set up Dan Noehring’s score on a double reverse from 19 yards out to give the Tommies (1-0) an 8-0 lead after a two-point PAT conversion.
After a 5-play, 43-yard drive, running back Jack Kaiser cut back on an outside run and evaded the Falcon (0-1) defense to score for the Tommies to make it 15-0.
Defensive back Sean Hamlin made a touchdown-saving tackle late in the first quarter on River Falls quarterback Ryan Kusilek and the Tommies shut the door on the Falcon drive.
Kusilek connected with wide receiver Jake Ryan on a 4-yard touchdown pass for the Falcons’ only score.
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