Football 1968 Archive

Overall: 7-1-1
MIAC: 6-0-1 (1st place)

Season Review

The Golden Gusties won the MIAC title for the second consecutive year in 1968. They went undefeated in league competition with their only loss of the season to a tough Youngstown University team.

They won the first five conference games with three key regulars either sidelined or hampered with injuries. They tied a good Macalester squad when they were forced to play with all their running backs and half of their defensive backs sitting on the bench. They romped over Augsburg when every man was healthy for the first time all season. They had guts. They had pride. They won a titile.

They won a title, the nineteenth title that the Gusties had won or shared in their 45 years of MIAC competition. The second crown for the Gusties since the return of Jocko Nelson to his alma mater in 1966. The second championship in two years for a squad that was the underdog in both campaigns.

Maybe Jocko Nelson was a miracle worker. Maybe not. In either case the Golden Gusties were shining brightly since his move from the University of Michigan to Gustavus Adolphus College.

1968 MIAC Final Standings
Team W L T
GUSTAVUS 6 0 1
Hamline 6 1 0
Concordia 4 3 0
St. John’s 4 3 0
Macalester 3 3 1
UM-Duluth 2 5 0
St. Thomas 2 5 0
Augsburg 0 7 0
1968 Final Results (7-1-1, 6-0-1)
GA Opponent
14 Youngstown 18
10 Western Illinois 6
31 St. John's 0
14 Hamline 12
24 St. Thomas 7
10 UM-Duluth 6
22 Concordia 14
42 Augsburg 14
14 Macalester 14
1968 Roster
Number Name Year Position Hometown
10 Lane Erickson SR QB Willmar, Minn.
11 Bob Kreb JR QB Orono, Minn.
13 Richard Lindh FR QB Glencoe, Minn.
14 Brian Robb FR QB St. Paul, Minn.
15 Dennis Bengtson SO QB Dassell, Minn.
21 John Vollum SO HB Albert Lea, Minn.
22 Marti Vandree SO HB Golden Valley, Minn.
24 Mick Goudy SO HB Cannon Falls, Minn.
26 Jim Gehrke FR HB W. St. Paul, Minn.
27 Dave Tomlijanovich SR HB Brainerd, Minn.
28 Greg Lee FR HB Minneapolis, Minn.
29 Dennis Lofgren JR HB Edina, Minn.
30 Chuck Puffer FR HB Kellogg, Minn.
32 Rich Reinholdz SO HB Robbinsdale, Minn.
35 Jack Bergman SR HB Burnsville, Minn.
36 Dave Nerothin JR HB Minneapolis, Minn.
37 Kirk Pederson SO HB Hastings, Minn.
40 Warren West SO HB Browntown, Minn.
41 Lyle Holmberg SR FB Braham, Minn.
43 Bruce Dahlmeier SO FB Spring Lake Park, Minn.
60 Pat McKusky SR Center St. Paul, Minn.
52 Dan Boxrud FR Center Centennial, Minn.
53 Doug Childs SO Center Edina, Minn.
54 Merril Zieman JR Center Stewart, Minn.
57 Mark Schoeben FR Center Minneapolis, Minn.
61 Greg Johnson SO Guard Crosby-Ironton, Minn.
62 MIke Polkowske JR Guard Rochester, Minn.
63 Brian Deschneau JR Guard Lake City, Minn.
64 Dennis Baldus SO Guard Grand Meadow, Minn.
65 Pete Rodman SR Guard Henning, Minn.
66 Jay Anderson SR Guard St. Louis Park, Minn.
67 Jeff Thauwald FR Guard Preston, Minn.
68 Ron Olsen SO Guard Robbinsdale, Minn.
70 Tom Stevens FR Tackle Golden Valley, Minn.
71 Craig Olson SO Tackle Owatonna, Minn.
72 Jon Biebl JR Tackle Gibbon, Minn.
73 Gordon Engel SR Tackle Wayzata, Minn.
74 Terry Olson FR Tackle Minneapolis, Minn.
75 Gary Halvorson FR Tackle Minneapolis, Minn.
76 Phil Dalen SO Tackle Orono, Minn.
77 Harry Gibson SO Tackle Robbinsdale, Minn.
78 Stan Raab FR Tackle Swanville, Minn.
79 Steve Lewis FR Tackle St. Paul, Minn.
80 Steve Fischer FR End Henderson, Minn.
81 Jan Horak SR End Stillwater, Minn.
82 Joel Henderson SO End Minneapolis, Minn.
83 Jack Pederson FR End Mound, Minn.
84 Scott Hansen FR End New Ulm, Minn.
85 Jed Larson SO End Buffalo, Minn.
86 Gary Kersten SR End Springfield, Minn.
87 Bruce Jaeger FR End Mapleton, Minn.
88 Dean Kunze JR End St. Paul, Minn.
89 Al Puder SR End Minneapolis, Minn.
25 Craig Goudy FR End Cannon Falls, Minn.
Head Coach: Jocko Nelson
Team Statistics
Rushing Gustavus Opponents
Carries
Yards gained rushing
Yards lost rushing
Net yards gained rushing
Ave. per game
TD’s
Passing
Attempts
Completions
Intercepted
Gain
Ave. per game
TD’s
Total Offense
Plays
Gain
Ave. per game
First Downs
Rushing
Passing
Penalty
Total
Scoring
Touchdowns
PAT Kick
PAT Other
Field Goals
Total Points
Ave. per game
Penalties
Number
Yards
Fumbles
Number
Lost
Interceptions
Number
Yards
TD’s
Punt Returns
Number
Yards
TD’s
Kickoff Returns
Number
Yards
TD’s
Punting
Number
Yards
Average
Blocked
Scoring/Quarters
First
Second
Third
Fourth
Total
Individual Statistics
Rushing Attempts Gain Loss Net Average
Passing Attempts Completed Interceptions Yards
Scoring TD’s Points PAT Kick Pat Other Field Goals
Pass Receiving Number Yards
Interceptions Number Yards
Punting Number Yards Average Blocked
Punt Returns Number Yards
Kickoff Returns Number Yards