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UWRF falls to No. 7 Tommies

Freshman quarterback Ryan Kusilek set new UW-River Falls' records for pass attempts and completions in just his second career start, but the Falcons couldn't keep up with seventh-ranked St. Thomas as the Tommies won their 26th straight regular season game, 43-9, Saturday at O'Shaunessy Stadium in St. Paul.

Kusilek completed 39-of-74 pass attempts, both school records, with one touchdown and two interceptions while finishing three yards short of the school record for passing yards with 342.

It's the second straight week the Falcons have thrown for over 300 yards. Prior to this season they hit the 300 yard passing mark just once in their previous 41 games.

Defensively, the Falcons recovered two fumbles in the first half, giving them five on the season. They have not recovered five fumbles in an entire season since 2007. In all, the Falcons forced four turnovers, recovered an onside kick, and picked up a loose ball on another kickoff, but could not capitalize.

"We had some opportunities," UWRF head coach Matt Walker said. "We had some turnovers, got the onside kick, and drove the ball deep into the scoring zone plenty of times with nothing to show for it. But, this is a resilient group of men that will stay together and keep fighting."

Somerset native Robbie Flom had a career-best 12.5 tackles and Hudson High School graduate Nate Smits made 10 tackles along with the lone sack for the Falcons.

UWRF's only touchdown came on a 10-yard scoring strike from Kusilek to Nathan Brandt early in the fourth quarter that made the score 29-9. Chad Blair booted a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter for the Falcons' first points of the game.

The Falcons, now 0-2, have a bye this Saturday, Sept. 15, and then return home to host UW-Stout (1-0) in a non-conference game Sept. 22 with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field.