If you were looking for examples of all that has ailed St. John’s this season, the first half here in Minneapolis provided it.
Adam Carl had a 37-yard catch on Augsburg’s first play from scrimmage – marking the fourth straight week the Johnnies have allowed an opponent 33 yards or more on their first snap. It began a first half in which Ayrton Scott finished 15 of 21 passing for 210 yards and three touchdowns, and the Auggies compiled 316 yards of total offense compared to just 143 for St. John’s.
The Johnnies also allowed a touchdown in the final 30 seconds of the first half for the fourth straight week when Augsburg went 80 yards in six plays to score on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Carl with 20 seconds to go before halftime.
St. John’s has picked off Scott twice. Cornerback Trevor Warner returned the second of those interceptions to the Augsburg 14, but the Johnnies could not pick up a first down and Jimmie Mattson – who had a 45-yard field goal earlier in the first half – missed a 30-yard attempt, setting up the Auggies’ final scoring drive.
St. John’s scored first when a blocked punt was recovered at the Augsburg 9 and Nick Martin scored on a 6-yard run four plays later. Since then, though, Mattson’s field goal has been all the Johnnies have mustered. St. John’s has rushed for just 57 yards and thrown for 86.
Defensive back/wide receiver Max Forster left the game with a sprained foot and defensive lineman Jake King is out with a deep thigh bruise.
Steve Johnson does have 41 yards rushing, meaning he has become the ninth player in school history to cross the 2,000-yard mark in his career.