Football 1976 Archive

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

Season Review

Despite a rash of injuries, the Golden Gusties battled to a 5-5 overall record finishing in fifth place in the MIAC. After the initial loss of quarterback Rick Lund, freshman Brad Baker took the reins of the squad and combined with receiver Rich Ryan, manuevered the team to conference victories over Hamline and Macalester before dropping three tough games. Head coach Denny Raarup regrouped the team with his “new season” philosophy for the last two games of the season. Excellent performances by Ryan, tailback Jim Alker, the leading ground gainer, and freshman Jay Schoenebeck produced victories over Augsburg and Luther.

Even if the team as a whole was not a conference leader the Gustie squad produced two members of the MIAC football team, seniors Bob Nickleby and Rich Ryan. Cornerback Nickleby, a three year starter was also elected to the NAIA District 13 team while Ryan was named the squad’s “Most Valuable Player.” Serving as the backbone of the team and receiving conference honorable mention were Mike Malmquist, Mike Keation, and co-captains Greg Solberg and Pete Henry.

1976 MIAC Final Standings
Team W L T
St. John's 7 0 0
St. Thomas 5 2 0
Concordia 5 2 0
St. Olaf 5 2 0
GUSTAVUS 3 4 0
Hamline 2 5 0
Augsburg 1 6 0
Macalester 0 7 0
1976 Final Results (5-5-0, 3-4-0)
GA Opponent
7 Augustana 24
42 Washington Univ. 34
27 Hamline 14
13 Concordia 34
61 Macalester 0
7 St. Thomas 14
15 St. Olaf 22
14 St. John’s 44
40 Augsburg 19
10 Luther 6
1976 Roster
Number Name Year Position Hometown
10 Dave Mjolsness JR QB Red Wing, Minn.
11 Mike Malmquist SR DB Bemidji, Minn.
12 Steve Skytte JR K N. St. Paul, Minn.
13 Brad Baker FR QB St. Peter, Minn.
14 Kevin Bjork SO QB Rochester, Minn.
15 Pat Ogden FR QB Annandale, Minn.
16 Roger Willhaus FR QB Owatonna, Minn.
20 Bill Ingaldson SO HB Fridley, Minn.
21 Pete Taggatz JR DB Port Edwards, Wisc
22 Bruce Johnson FR HB Amboy, Minn.
23 Dave Hargrove FR DB Dallas, Texas
24 Charlie Wirth SO DB Appleton,Wisc.
25 John Huepenbecker FR SE Mankato, Minn.
26 Jack Schneewind SO DB Waconia, Minn.
27 Todd Treimer SO DB Bloomington, Minn.
28 Al Sletten SO HB Wells, Minn.
29 Scott Swansson JR HB Willmar, Minn.
30 Jim Alker JR FB Rochester, Minn.
31 Tom Jenkins FR DB Minneapolis, Minn
32 Keith Bettes SO K Minneapolis, Minn.
33 Gordy Engstrand FR DB Mound Westonka, Minn.
34 Bob Nickleby SR DB Hudson, Wisc.
35 Dave Bucher SO FB Zumbrota, Minn.
36 Bob Dehnke SO DB Sartell, Minn.
37 Scott Llewellyn SO HB Minneapolis, Minn.
38 Roger Rogotzke FR FB Fairfax, Minn.
39 Doug Haugen FR LB Circle Pines, Minn.
40 Rich Ryan SR SE St. Peter, Minn.
41 Steve Swansson FR HB Willmar, Minn.
42 Dean Dalen FR DB St. James, Minn.
43 Casey Malmquist SO LB Bemidji, Minn.
44 Blake Toms FR HB Greenway, Minn.
45 Pat Cropsey FR DE N. St. Paul, Minn.
46 Pat Conway JR DB Waseca, Minn.
47 Jeff Schramm FR HB Glenwood, Minn.
48 Jay Schoenebeck FR HB Green Bay, Wisc.
49 Reid Katzung SO DB Albert Lea, Minn.
50 Pete Henry SR LB Park Rapids, Minn.
51 Dave Harmsen FR LB Lake Wilson, Minn.
52 Marc Sterle JR LB Hibbing, Minn.
53 Paul Eastburg FR LB Glenwood, Minn.
54 Craig Menozzi JR C Nashwauk, Minn.
55 Gary Williams FR C Rosemount, Minn.
56 Marty Mauser SO LB Ely, Minn.
57 J.C. Chrest FR C Winthrop, Minn.
58 Kris Johansen FR DT Janesville, Minn.
59 Rocky Hurd FR MG Salem, Massachusetts
60 Mike Corcoran FR G S. St. Paul, Minn.
61 Dan Sybrant FR G Crystal, Minn.
62 Dave Rode FR LB Hopkins, Minn.
63 Greg Waskewicz FR G Rochester, Minn.
64 Jim Vogt SO G Butterfield, Minn.
65 Jon Penrod SO G East DePere, Wisc.
66 Scott Racek JR C Burnsville, Minn.
67 Sylvester Smith JR DE Memphis, Tennessee
68 Greg Solberg SR G Chisago Lakes, Minn.
69 Terry Robinson SR G Greenville, Mississippi
70 Frank Wray FR DT Edina, Minn.
71 Tim Olson SO OT Minneapolis, Minn
72 Mike Keating JR DT Winsted, Minn.
73 Bob Minkema FR OT Orono, Minn.
74 Craig Lenz FR DT Hutchinson, Minn.
75 Dale Wiebusch SO OT Moorhead, Minn
76 Mike Burlager FR OT Spring Lake Park, Minn.
77 Gregg Roberts FR OT St. Peter, Minn.
78 Steve Sizer SR DT Braham, Minn.
79 Pat Baker SO OT St. Peter, Minn.
80 Greg Norgaard SO TE Lakeville, Minn.
81 Barry Felt FR SE Waconia, Minn.
82 Gary Hill SO SE Northfield, Minn.
83 Don Jensen JR DB Park Center, Minn.
84 Sam Perkins FR SE Moundsview, Minn.
85 Kevin Lindstrand JR SE Winthrop, Minn.
86 Rick Rydland SO DE Robbinsdale, Minn.
87 Greg Yee FR DE Eden Prarie, Minn.
88 Randy Johnson FR DE Bloomington, Minn.
89 Mike Jablonske FR TE Red Wing, Minn.
Scott Johnson FR DE Cannon Falls, Minn.
Jon Gerths FR LB Farmington, Minn.
John Malin FR G Belle Plaine, Minn.
Ed Talsnes FR LB Clearwater, Florida
Pete Bengston FR DE Edmonds, Washington
Head Coach: Dennis Raarup
Team Statistics
Rushing Gustavus Opponents
Carries 496 521
Yards gained rushing
Yards lost rushing
Net yards gained rushing 1572 2044
Ave. per game 157.2 204.4
TD’s
Passing
Attempts 160 196
Completions 70 85
Intercepted 11 12
Gain 1271
Ave. per game 127.1
TD’s 13
Total Offense
Plays 656
Gain 3452
Ave. per game 345.2
First Downs
Rushing
Passing
Penalty
Total 141 167
Scoring
Touchdowns 32
PAT Kick 23-28
PAT Other 2
Field Goals 2-4
Safeties
Total Points 227 211
Ave. per game 22.7 21.1
Penalties
Number 59 52
Yards 600 498
Fumbles
Number 45 32
Lost 25 20
Interceptions
Number 10
Yards 115
TD’s
Punt Returns
Number 19
Yards 257
TD’s
Kickoff Returns
Number 33
Yards 604
TD’s
Punting
Number 61 50
Yards 1945 1602
Average 31.8 32.0
Blocked
Scoring/Quarters
First 45 43
Second 54 71
Third 65 40
Fourth 63 57
Total 227 211
Individual Statistics
Rushing Attempts Gain Loss Net Average TD
Jim Alker 153 559 3.6 5
Jay Schoenebeck 58 327 5.6 4
Dave Bucher 49 197 4.0 2
Scott Swansson 43 150 3.4 2
Bill Ingaldson 37 122 3.2 1
Al Sletten 14 113 8.0 3
Brad Baker 110 73 0.6
Pat Ogden 4 13 3.2
Rich Ryan 1 9 9.0
Kevin Bjork 1 6 6.0
Bruce Johnson 1 -1 -1.0
Dave Mjolsness 19 -21 -1.1
Passing Attempts Completed Interceptions Yards TD
Brad Baker 123 56 9 1027 11
Dave Mjolsness 28 11 2 186 1
Kevin Bjork 7 3 0 58 1
Scott Swansson 2 0 0 0 0
Scoring TD’s Points PAT Kick Pat Other Field Goals
Rich Ryan 7 44 1
Jay Schoenebeck 7 42
Jim Alker 5 30
Steve Skytte 23 17-21 2-2
Dave Bucher 3 18
Scott Swansson 3 18
Al Sletten 3 18
Kevin Lindstrand 2 12
Bob Nickleby 1 6
Bill Ingaldson 1 6
Keith Bettes 6 6-7 0-2
Gary Hill 2 1
Pass Receiving Number Yards TD
Rich Ryan 19 527 7
Jay Schoenebeck 10 242 3
Kevin Lindstrand 10 151 1
Mike Jablonske 10 139 0
Bill Ingaldson 5 48 0
Jim Alker 5 24 0
Scott Swansson 5 24 1
Gary Hill 2 31 0
Dave Bucher 2 24 1
John Huepenbecker 1 43 0
Al Sletten 1 17 0
Interceptions Number Yards
Bob Nickleby 3 33
Pat Conway 1 30
Pete Taggatz 2 31
Gordy Engstrand 1 16
Mike Malmquist 1 3
Reid Katzung 1 2
Pete Henry 1 0
Punting Number Yards Average Blocked
Bill Ingaldson 44 1447 32.8
Bob Dehnke 17 498 29.2
Punt Returns Number Yards
Bob Nickleby 5 93
Scott Swansson 9 162
Pete Taggatz 1 2
Mike Malmquist 2 2
Don Jensen 2 -2
Kickoff Returns Number Yards
Mike Malmquist 3 64
Scott Swansson 12 249
Jay Schoenebeck 6 121
Bob Nickleby 4 72
Al Sletten 3 46
Jim Alker 3 40
Bill Ingaldson 1 9
Dave Hargrove 1 3