Football 1978 Archive

Overall: 8-2
MIAC: 6-2 (3rd place)

Season Review

The Golden Gusties took to the road in ‘78, travelling for five of their first six games of the season. The Gustavus fans did not forsake their team, however, and numerous “champagne flights” were made to most of the away games. One of the season’s highlights was the trip south of the border in which the Gusties played a special NCAA exhibition game in Mexico City.

The Gusties were characterized by a high-powered offense led by the explosive combination of Brad Baker’s passing and John Huepenbecker’s receiving. The Gusties also moved the ball well on the ground, with Ron Straka turning in another strong year and coming in second in the MIAC in individual scoring. Gustavus’ well-balanced attack was ranked number one in total team offense in the conference.

Tri-captains Dave Bucher, Pat Baker, and Casey Malmquist also played consistently for Gustavus. Overall, it was another satisfying year on the gridiron for the Golden Gusties.

1978 MIAC Final Standings
Team W L T
Concordia 7 1 0
St. Olaf 7 1 0
GUSTAVUS 6 2 0
St. John's 5 3 0
St. Thomas 4 4 0
Hamline 3 4 1
Augsburg 2 5 1
Bethel 1 7 0
Macalester 0 8 0
1978 Final Results (8-2-0, 6-2-0)
GA Opponent
14 Augustana 10
34 Hamline 19
17 St. Thomas 16
14 Austin, Texas 9
15 St. John’s 35
21 St. Olaf 13
59 Bethel 19
7 Concordia 31
55 Augsburg 14
48 Macalester 2
1978 Roster
Number Name Year Position Hometown
1 Keith Bettes SR K Edina, Minn.
3 Greg Vangen FR K Albert Lea, Minn.
4 Steve Swansson JR DB Willmar, Minn.
5 Duncan Puffer FR QB/HB St. Paul, Minn.
6 Jim Macauley FR LB Moose Lake, Minn.
9 Brad Baker JR QB/P St. Peter, Minn.
10 Bill Michael FR QB Rochester, Minn.
11 Dave Malmquist FR DB Sr. Peter, Minn.
12 Mike Solbrack FR QB Litchfield, Minn.
13 Tom Franz FR LB Edina, Minn.
14 Neal Hagberg SO QB Montevideo, Minn.
15 Todd Treimer SR DB Bloomington, Minn.
18 Craig Utterberg SO DB Buffalo, Minn.
19 Jim Peterson SO DB Duluth, Minn.
20 Bill Ingaldson SR FB Fridley, Minn.
21 Greg Mikel FR HB Owatonna, Minn.
22 Ed Drenttel SO DB St. Peter, Minn.
23 Kevin Hildebrandt FR HB/FB Kenyon, Minn.
24 John Moynihan SO HB Edina, Minn.
25 John Huepenbecker JR SE Mankato, Minn.
26 Dave Hargrove JR DB Dallas, Texas
27 Dwight Rudquist SO LB Lindstrom, Minn.
28 Al Sletten SR HB/SE Wells, Minn.
29 Tim Dittberner FR DB Oakdale, Minn.
30 Jim Bjork FR FB Rochester, Minn.
31 Dave Rode JR LB Golden Valley, Minn.
32 Ron Straka SO HB St. Peter, Minn.
33 Gordy Engstrand JR DB Mound, Minn.
34 Phil Martin FR DB Clara City, Minn.
35 Dave Bucher SR DE Zumbrota, Minn.
36 Bob Dehnke SR DB Sartell, Minn.
37 Roger Willhaus JR FB Owatonna, Minn.
41 Greg Laszewski Fr DB/P Roseville, Minn.
42 Jay Schoenebeck JR HB Green Bay, Wisc.
43 Casey Malmquist SR LB St. Peter, Minn.
44 Steve Malin FR HB Belle Plaine, Minn.
45 Paul Nielsen FR DB Richfield, Minn.
46 Rod Fenstra FR DB Elk River, Minn.
47 Bob Bettis JR DB Arlington Hts., Illinois
48 Pat Cropsey JR DE Maplewood, Minn.
49 Reid Katzung SR DB Albert Lea, Minn
50 Dan Thorson SO NB Detroit Lakes, Minn.
51 Dave Harmsen JR LB/DE Lake Wilson, Minn.
52 Bill Annis SO LB Hesperia, Michigan
53 Dave Najarian JR LB Minneapolis, Minn.
54 Bob Minkema JR OT Maple Plain, Minn.
55 Gary Williams JR C Burnsville, Minn.
56 Marty Mauser SR LB Ely, Minn.
57 J.C. Chrest JR C/K Winthrop, Minn.
58 Kris Johansen JR DT Janesville, Minn.
59 Mike Zea SO C/OT Blackduck, Minn.
61 Harlan Anderson SO OG/OT Fairmont, Minn.
62 Eric Hedlund SO OG Phoenix, Arizona
63 Greg Waskewicz JR OG Rochester, Minn.
64 Scott Klug SO OG Shakopee, Minn.
65 John Penrod SR OG Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.
66 Dan Sybrant SO OG Crystal, Minn.
67 Gregg Roberts JR OG/NG St. Peter, Minn.
68 Bob Holmes FR NG Manitowoc, Wisc.
70 Bob Surbrook FR OT Eau Claire, Minn.
71 Tim Olson SR OT Golden Valley, Minn.
72 Curt Scherer SO OT Osseo, Minn.
73 Randy Lindberg SO NG/DT White Bear Lake, Minn.
74 Joe Polson FR OT Bloomington, Minn.
75 Paul Kojetin FR DT Minnetonka, Minn.
76 Mike Burlager JR OT Blaine, Minn.
77 Larry Busack FR DT Echo, Minn.
78 Greg Langmo SO DT Litchfield, Minn.
79 Pat Baker SR OT/DT St. Peter, Minn.
80 Greg Norgaard SR TE Lakeville, Minn.
81 Scott Streed SO TE Lindstrom, Minn.
82 Kelly Bevans FR TE Minneapolis, Minn.
83 Mark Tipps FR SE Roseville, Minn.
84 Bruce Bade FR SE Arlington, Minn.
85 Paul Rambow JR SE Osseo, Minn.
86 Rick Rydland SR DE Golden Valley, Minn.
87 Pete Bengtson JR DE Edmonds, Washington
88 Rob Thorne FR SE Willmette, Illinois
89 John Kellen FR TE Willmar, Minn.
91 Tim Duncan JR TE Jacobson, Minn.
93 Joh Gerths JR DT Farmington, Minn.
94 Brad Howerton FR DE Hopkins, Minn.
95 Bill Smith FR DE Grand Marais, Minn.
96 Mike Daum FR DE Minnetonka, Minn.
97 Thurman Woodberry FR C Roxbury, Massachusetts
99 Dave Pfeiffer SR DT Hartland, Wisc.
Head Coach: Dennis Raarup
Team Statistics
Rushing Gustavus Opponents
Carries 552 511
Yards gained rushing 2542 2141
Yards lost rushing 454 339
Net yards gained rushing 2088 1802
Ave. per game 208.8 180.2
TD’s 26 14
Passing
Attempts 222 170
Completions 109 79
Intercepted 7 13
Gain 1579 1212
Ave. per game 157.9 121.2
TD’s 12 8
Total Offense
Plays 774 681
Gain 3667 3014
Ave. per game 366.7 301.4
First Downs
Rushing 109 92
Passing 75 47
Penalty 15 5
Total 199 144
Scoring
Touchdowns 39 22
PAT Kick 35-38 15-20
PAT Other 0-1 1-2
Field Goals 5-14 5-7
Safeties 0 2
Total Points 284 168
Ave. per game 28.4 16.8
Penalties
Number 63 45
Yards 615 455
Fumbles
Number 35 42
Lost 12 24
Interceptions
Number 13 7
Yards 119 121
Punt Returns
Number 26 17
Yards 110 44
Kickoff Returns
Number 28 34
Yards 503 681
Return Touchdowns 1 0
Punting
Number 56 61
Yards 1883 1898
Average 33.6 31.1
Blocked 1 3
Scoring/Quarters
First 76 32
Second 99 34
Third 45 39
Fourth 64 63
Total 284 168
Individual Statistics
Rushing Attempts Net Average TD
Brad Baker 68 70 1.0 0
Jim Bjork 11 62 5.6 1
Bob Dehnke 1 -3 -3.0 0
Neal Hagberg 36 -55 -1.5 0
Kevin Hildebrandt 8 39 4.9 0
John Huepenbecker 2 -18 -9.0 0
Bill Ingaldson 133 460 3.5 6
Steve Malin 2 -3 -1.5 0
Bill Michael 6 16 2.7 0
John Moynihan 17 87 5.1 1
Dave Pfeiffer 3 1 0.3 0
Jay Schoenebeck 105 493 4.7 8
Al Sletten 20 182 9.1 2
Mike Solbrack 4 -8 -2.0 0
Ron Straka 117 716 6.1 8
Roger Willhaus 18 65 3.6 0
Passing Attempts Completed Interceptions Yards TD
Brad Baker 176 95 4 1425 10
Neal Hagberg 32 13 1 128 2
Bill Michael 10 2 2 26 0
Scoring TD’s Points PAT Kick Pat Other Field Goals
Keith Bettes 49 34-36 5-14
Jim Bjork 1 6
Dave Bucher 1 6
John Huepenbecker 7 42 0-1
Bill Ingaldson 6 36
John Moynihan 2 12
Greg Norgaard 1 6
Jay Schoenebeck 8 48
Al Sletten 2 12
Ron Straka 10 60
Greg Vangen 1 1-1
Roger Willhaus 1 6
Pass Receiving Number Yards TD
Jim Bjork 2 19 0
John Huepenbecker 46 757 7
Bill Ingaldson 4 54 0
Steve Malin 2 26 0
John Moynihan 1 3 1
Greg Norgaard 12 152 1
Paul Rambow 3 39 0
Jay Schoenebeck 17 263 0
Ron Straka 20 245 2
Scott Streed 1 16 0
Roger Willhaus 1 5 1
Interceptions Number Yards
Bob Dehnke 2 9
Ed Drenttel 2 1
Reid Katzung 3 6
Casey Malmquist 1 8
Jim Peterson 1 0
Todd Treimer 3 92
Punting Number Yards Average Blocked
Brad Baker 7 203 29.0 0
Bob Dehnke 7 270 38.6 1
Greg Laszewski 41 1410 34.4 0
Punt Returns Number Yards
Dave Bucher 1 19
John Huepenbecker 9 73
Jim Peterson 12 9
Todd Treimer 2 8
Kickoff Returns Number Yards
Harlan Anderson 1 3
John Moynihan 5 82
Greg Norgaard 1 14
Jim Peterson 2 21
Jay Schoenebeck 4 78
Al Sletten 2 35
Ron Straka 10 242
Scott Streed 1 21