Football 1965 Archive

Overall: 5-4
MIAC: 4-3 (4th place)

Season Review

November, 1965, found the Gustie football team once again possessing a conference record of four wins and three losses, as in 1964. Unlike 1964, a four-and-three record did not bring a third place in the MIAC. In an outstanding conference that boasts a national champion in each of the previous three years, Gustavus gridders had a season worthy of much praise. Fine work by a strong defensive squad characterized the style that kept the team in contention for the championship through most of the season. The record showed only one loss prior to meeting St. John’s-the 1965 national champion. St. John’s and the final disappointment of the season, the St. Thomas game, tumbled the Gusties to fourth place, behind each of the teams to which they had lost. A few individuals performed well enough to earn special recognition: Co-captain John Rudolph’s work in the line brought him the honor of being named to the All-Conference team and Co-captain Earl Gray was selected Most Valuable Player by his teammates for his aggressive defensive play. Junior lineman Tom Harmon proved to be the team’s high scorer by having the league’s best kicking percentage on field goals and extra points and was named to both the All-Conference and All-Lutheran teams.

1965 MIAC Final Standings
Team W L T
St. John’s 7 0 0
Concordia 5 2 0
St. Thomas 4 2 1
UM-Duluth 3 4 0
Augsburg 2 4 1
Hamline 2 5 0
Macalester 0 7 0
1965 Final Results (5-4-0, 4-3-0)
GA Opponent
0 Augustana 20
7 Youngstown 25
6 Concordia 14
17 Macalester 0
14 Augsburg 19
15 St. John’s 14
23 Hamline 6
0 St. Thomas 6
21 UM-Duluth 20
1965 Roster
Name Year Position Hometown
Steve Hokanson JR QB Robbinsdale, Minn.
Richard Rosen SO QB Richfield, Minn.
Steve Engel SO QB Nicollet, Minn.
David Stussy SO HB Wells, Minn.
Dave Morris SO HB Rochester, Minn.
Mark Embretson SO HB Hastings, Minn.
Dennis Aguiar JR HB Bemidji, Minn.
Bob Appleton JR HB St. Paul, Minn.
Stuart Seibert SO HB St. Peter, Minn.
Rick Evans JR HB Robbinsdale, Minn.
Ron Cady SO HB Rochester, Minn.
Carl Lund JR HB Batauia, Illinois
Dennis Sager SO HB Glenwood, Minn.
Chuck Linnerooth SR FB St. Paul, Minn.
Jim Schwandt SR FB Sanborn, Minn.
Ted Mays SO FB St. James, Minn.
John Aho SO Center St. Peter, Minn.
Bill Bierman SR Center Alexander, Minn.
Richard Jaeger SO Guard Mapleton, Minn.
Jerry Bundy SO Guard Rochester, Minn.
John Rudolph SR Guard St. Paul, Minn.
Earl Gray SR Guard St. Paul, Minn.
Ron Witter SO Guard Stewartville, Minn.
Skip Wirtz SO Guard Minneapolis, Minn.
Tom Harmon JR Tackle Edina, Minn.
Gary Wenschlag JR Tackle Minneapolis, Minn.
Bruce Gross SO Tackle Brainerd, Minn.
John Gustafson SO Tackle Willmar, Minn.
Lyle Halvorson SO Tackle Montevideo, Minn.
Greg Hofmeister SO Tackle Ellsworth, Wisc.
Michael Weick SO Tackle Stewartville, Minn.
Dennis Hendriksen SR End Truman, Minn.
Gary Anderson SO End Albert City, Iowa
Tom Erickson SO End Anoka, Minn.
Dave Taylor SO End Washburn, Minn.
Gunnar Viljaste JR End Minneapolis, Minn.
Marlin Rudebusch SO End Randolph, Nebraska
Jay Anderson FR St. Louis Park, Minn.
Byron Berendt FR Echo, Minn.
Terry Berg FR Taylor Falls, Minn.
John Bierman FR St. Paul, Minn.
Dave Bolm FR Bark River, Michigan
Pat Casey FR Forest Lake, Minn.
Denny Christenson FR Marshall, Minn.
Dick Dierks FR Edina, Minn.
Steve From FR Princeton, Minn.
Greg Gunderson FR Ashland, Wisc.
Scott Haag FR St. Paul, Minn.
Lyle Holmberg FR Braham, Minn.
Jan Horak FR Stillwater, Minn.
Bruce Johnson FR Waconia, Minn.
Dick Johnson FR Gaylord, Minn.
Ron Johnson FR Redwood Falls, Minn.
Dick Kimball FR Park Rapids, Minn.
Dick Kuhlman FR Winthrop, Minn.
Jerry Lewis FR St. Paul, Minn.
Greg Lupfer FR Litchfield, Minn.
Pat McKusky FR St. Paul, Minn.
Dan Mueller FR Rochester, Minn.
John Munchoff FR Lake Crystal, Minn.
Rod Ness FR Spring Valley, Minn.
Tom Ness FR Wells, Minn.
Al Puder FR Robbinsdale, Minn.
Doug Quinn FR Minneapolis, Minn.
Jim Ray FR Edina, Minn.
Chuck Robertson FR Anoka, Minn.
Pete Rodman FR Henning, Minn.
Bob Saeger FR Bemidji, Minn.
Len Salstrom FR St. Paul, Minn.
Dave Showalter FR Rochester, Minn.
Mike Simonson FR Montevideo, Minn.
Pat Stewart FR Willmar, Minn.
Dave Tomljanovich FR Brainerd, Minn.
Greg Torgerson FR Park Rapids, Minn.
Ed Treska FR Anoka, Minn.
Mike Wheeler FR Wayzata, Minn.
John Woodworth FR Edina, Minn.
Head Coach: Don Roberts
*****Gustavus scored only 111 points to the 124 and allowed an average of 228 yards per game to 213.7 yards per game. The single most outstanding team performance was turned in by the pass defense which allowed the opponents an average of only 76 yards per game through the air as they completed 54 of 160, little better than 33%.
Team Statistics
Rushing Gustavus Opponents
Yards gained rushing
Yards lost rushing
Net yards gained rushing
Ave. per game
Attempts 160
Completions 54
Gain 799 660
Ave. per game 76
Total Offense
Ave. per game 213.7 228
First Downs
Total 112 106
PAT Kick
PAT Other
Field Goals
Total Points 111 124
Ave. per game
Number 15
Punt Returns
Kickoff Returns
Total 111 124
Individual Statistics
Rushing Attempts Gain Loss Net Average TD
Mark Embretson 134 478 3.5
Jim Schwandt 72 242 3.3
Rick Evans 82 258 3.0
Passing Attempts Completed Interceptions Yards TD
Steve Hokanson 147 74 756
Scoring TD’s Points PAT Kick Pat Other Field Goals
Tom Harmon 25 10-11 5-9
Rick Evans 20
Steve Hokanson 18
Mark Embretson 18
Pass Receiving Number Yards TD
Gunnar Viljaste 31 293 2
Rick Evans 20 187
Dave Taylor 12 187
Mark Embretson 8 127
Interceptions Number Yards
Punting Number Yards Average Blocked
Punt Returns Number Yards
Kickoff Returns Number Yards