Football 1977 Archive

Overall: 6-4
MIAC: 5-2 (2nd place)

Season Review

Fighting to a 6-4 season record, the 1977 Gustie football squad took second place in the MIAC behind perenniel power, St. John’s. Paced by quarterback Brad Baker, the backfield duo of senior co-captain Jim Alker and freshman Ron Straka formed the offensive punch for the Gusties in a season featuring both fine running and frustrating fumbles. The Gustie crew held another potent offensive weapon in the foot of junior, Keith Bettes. As the team’s placekicker, Bettes set the Minnesota collegiate record at Northfield where he blasted a fieldgoal from 55 yards out to secure a Gustie victory over St. Olaf.

A successful football season also meant individual honors for the team. Elected to the All-MIAC team were seniors Mike Keating, Pat Conway, and Scott Racek, junior Bettes and sophomore Baker. Traditional Gustavus awards given at the season’s conclusion honored Keating as the team’s Most Valuable Player, an unusual distinction for a defensive lineman. Receiving the Craig Olson award for desire, dedication, and courage, was co-captain Marc Sterle while senior Dave Gibson received the first annual Lee Krough award for humility and humanity, a special distinction since Gibson sat out the season with a leg injury, serving instead as an assistant coach for the squad.

1977 MIAC Final Standings
Team W L T
St. John's 7 0 0
Concordia 5 2 0
GUSTAVUS 5 2 0
St. Thomas 3 3 1
Augsburg 3 4 0
St. Olaf 2 4 1
Hamline 2 5 1
Macalester 0 7 0
1977 Final Results (6-4-0, 5-2-0)
GA Opponent
17 Augustana 49
10 East Texas St. 43
49 Hamline 6
7 Concordia 9
44 Macalester 12
31 St. Thomas 0
20 St. Olaf 15
18 St. John’s 28
34 Augsburg 28
28 Luther 26
1977 Roster
Number Name Year Position Hometown
1 Keith Bettes JR K Minneapolis, Minn.
9 Brad Baker SO QB St. Peter, Minn.
10 Dave Mjolsness SR QB Red Wing, Minn.
11 Kirk Brunswold FR DB Rochester, Minn.
12 Rick Lund SR QB Faribault, Minn.
13 Roger Justin FR QB Sartell, Minn.
14 Neal Hagberg FR QB Montevideo, Minn.
15 Jay Soule SO QB Mound, Minn.
16 Roger Willhaus SO QB Owatonna, Minn.
17 Bill Annis FR LB Hesperia, Michigan
18 Craig Utterberg FR DB Buffalo, Minn.
19 Jim Peterson FR HB Duluth, Minn.
20 Bill Ingaldson JR FB Fridley, Minn.
21 Pete Taggatz SR DB Port Edwards, Wisc.
22 Ed Drenttel FR DB St. Peter, Minn.
23 Dave Hargrove SO DB Dallas, Texas
24 Jim Mortinson FR DB Duluth, Minn.
25 John Huepenbecker SO SE Mankato, Minn.
27 Dwight Rudquist FR LB Lindstrom, Minn.
28 Al Sletten JR HB Wells, Minn.
29 Scott Swansson SR HB Willmar, Minn.
30 Jim Alker SR FB Rochester, Minn.
31 Dave Rode SO LB Hopkins, Minn.
32 Ron Straka FR HB St. Peter, Minn.
33 Gordy Engstrand SO DB Mound-Westonka, Minn.
34 Randy Lauer FR FB Winnetka, Illinois
35 Dave Bucher JR FB/DE Zumbrota, Minn.
36 Bob Dehnke JR DB Sartell, Minn.
37 Todd Lehigh FR DB Owatonna, Minn.
38 Roger Rogotske SO HB Fairfax, Minn.
39 Scott Nelson FR LB Le Sueur, Minn.
40 Bill Skallerud FR HB Minneapolis, Minn.
41 Steve Swansson SO DB Willmar, Minn.
42 Jay Schoenebeck SO HB Green Bay, Wisc.
43 Casey Malmquist JR LB St. Peter, Minn.
44 Mark Poppe FR DB Phoenix, Arizona
45 John Moynihan FR HB Edina, Minn.
46 Pat Conway SR DB Waseca, Minn.
47 Jeff Schramm SO DB Glenwood, Minn.
48 Pat Cropsey SO DE N. St. Paul, Minn.
49 Reid Katzung SR DB Albert Lea, Minn.
50 Dan Thorson FR N Detroit Lakes, Minn.
51 Dave Harmsen SO LB Lake Wilson, Minn.
52 Mark Sterle SR LB Hibbing, Minn.
53 Curt Scherer FR T Osseo, Minn.
54 Bob Minkema SO C Orono, Minn.
55 Gary Williams SO C Rosemount, Minn.
56 Marty Mauser JR LB Ely, Minn.
57 J.C. Chrest SO C Winthrop, Minn.
58 Kris Johansen SO DT Janesville, Minn.
59 Mike Zea FR C Blackduck, Minn.
60 Mike Corcoran SO G S. St. Paul, Minn.
61 Harlan Anderson FR G Fairmont, Minn.
62 Jim Tate Fr G St. Peter, Minn.
63 Greg Waskewicz SO G Rochester, Minn.
64 Eric Hedlund Fr G Phoenix, Arizona
65 John Penrod JR G Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.
66 Scott Racek SR G Burnsville, Minn.
67 Greg Roberts SO G St. Peter, Minn.
68 Ed Talsness SO LB Clearwater, Florida
69 Jay Cope FR OT St. Peter, Minn.
70 Frank Wray SO DT Edina, Minn.
71 Tim Olson JR OT Minneapolis, Minn.
72 Mike Keating SR N Winsted, Minn.
73 Randy Lindberg FR DT White Bear Lake, Minn.
74 Craig Lenz SO DT Hutchinson, Minn.
75 Dave Pfeiffer SR OT Hartland, Wisc.
76 Mike Burlager SO OT Spring Lake Park, Minn.
77 Steve Sizer SR DT Braham, Minn.
78 Greg Langmo FR DT Litchfield, Minn.
79 Pat Baker FR OT St. Peter, Minn.
80 Greg Norgaard JR TE Lakeville, Minn.
82 Gary Hill JR DE Northfield, Minn.
83 Don Jensen SR SE Park Center, Minn.
84 Greg Henning FR DB Montevideo, Minn.
85 Kevin Lindstrand SR TE Winthrop, Minn.
86 Rich Rydland JR SE Robbinsdale, Minn.
87 Pete Bengston SO DE Edmonds, Washington
88 Randy Johnson SO De Bloomington, Minn.
90 Jeff Molemaar FR SE Bloomington, Minn.
91 Scott Streed FR TE Lindstrom, Minn.
92 Scott Meek FR SE Zimmerman, Minn.
93 Mike Schobert FR DE Bricelyn, Minn.
94 Sylvester Smith JR DE Memphis, Tennessee
Head Coach: Dennis Raarup
Team Statistics
Rushing Gustavus Opponents
Carries 642 488
Net yards gained rushing 2664 1918
Ave. per game 266.4 191.8
TD’s 24 15
Passing
Attempts 165 224
Completions 78 91
Intercepted 8 14
Gain 1229 1320
Ave. per game 122.9 132.0
TD’s 10 13
Total Offense
Plays 807 712
Gain 3893 3238
Ave. per game 389.3 323.8
First Downs
Rushing 148 96
Passing 56 57
Penalty 26 12
Total 230 155
Scoring
Touchdowns 35 31
PAT Kick 24-30 22-30
PAT Other 2-5 0-1
Field Goals 7-14 2-9
Safeties 0 2
Total Points 259 218
Ave. per game 25.9 21.8
Penalties
Number 64 63
Yards 575 629
Fumbles
Number 55 39
Lost 30 21
Interceptions
Number 15 8
Yards 83 213
Punt Returns
Number 22 26
Yards 75 132
Kickoff Returns
Number 37 41
Yards 666 694
Return Touchdowns 1 3
Punting
Number 57 62
Yards 1822 2236
Average 32.0 36.1
Blocked 0 0
Scoring/Quarters
First 79 51
Second 54 27
Third 47 70
Fourth 82 70
Total 259 218
Individual Statistics
Rushing Attempts Net Average TD
Jim Alker 123 512 4.2 4
Brad Baker 153 315 2.1 1
Neal Hagburg 3 1 0.3 1
John Huepenbecker 2 11 5.5 0
Bill Ingaldson 72 289 4.0 1
Randy Lauer 2 4 2.0 0
Rick Lund 13 12 0.9 0
Dave Mjolsness 15 27 1.8 0
John Moynihan 2 49 24.5 0
Roger Rogotzke 3 -2 -0.7 0
Jay Schoenebeck 118 646 5.5 8
Al Sletten 10 39 3.9 0
Jay Soule 1 28 28.0 0
Ron Straka 81 502 6.2 7
Scott Swansson 42 227 5.4 2
Roger Willhaus 2 9 4.5 0
Passing Attempts Completed Interceptions Yards TD
Brad Baker 138 69 7 1126 9
Neal Hagberg 1 1 0 17 0
Rick Lund 15 4 0 38 0
Dave Mjolsness 8 3 1 28 0
Jay Schoenebeck 2 1 0 20 1
Ron Straka 1 0 0 0 0
Scoring TD’s Points PAT Kick Pat Other Field Goals
Jim Alker 4 26 1
Brad Baker 1 6
Keith Bettes 45 24-30 7-14
Neal Hagberg 1 6
John Huepenbecker 6 36
Greg Norgaard 1 6
Bill Ingaldson 1 6
Jay Schoenebeck 9 56 1
Ron Straka 9 54
Scott Swansson 3 18
Pass Receiving Number Yards TD
Jim Alker 2 9 0
Gary Hill 6 103 0
John Huepenbecker 24 340 6
Bill Ingaldson 2 39 0
Kevin Lindstrand 9 152 0
Scott Meek 1 17 0
Greg Norgaard 7 114 1
Jay Schoenebeck 17 266 1
Ron Straka 4 78 1
Scott Swansson 6 121 1
Interceptions Number Yards
Dave Bucher 1 9
Bob Dehnke 4 6
Dave Harmsen 1 5
Don Jensen 2 0
Kris Johansen 1 5
Reid Katzung 1 0
Todd Lehigh 1 0
Steve Sizer 1 13
Steve Swansson 1 0
Pete Taggatz 1 15
Ed Talsness 1 30
Punting Number Yards Average Blocked
Brad Baker 57 1822 32.0 0
Punt Returns Number Yards
Bob Dehnke 1 -5
John Huepenbecker 3 14
Don Jensen 11 42
Scott Swansson 4 17
Pete Taggatz 3 9
Kickoff Returns Number Yards
Dave Bucher 1 3
Bob Dehnke 1 0
Bill Ingaldson 1 29
Todd Lehigh 2 22
Jim Peterson 6 109
Greg Norgaard 1 9
Roger Rogotzke 1 12
Jay Schoenebeck 6 137
Al Sletten 2 31
Ron Straka 11 249
Scott Swansson 5 65