COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – No. 4 Saint John's football clinched its 22nd 10-win season with a 63-23 non-conference win over Thomas More (Ky.) on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Collegeville.
The frigid, 17-degree weather resembled the inside of a snow globe, but it failed to hinder SJU's passing attack.
Junior quarterback Jackson Erdmann (Rosemount, Minn.) set an SJU record with seven passing touchdowns on the afternoon, including six in the first half alone. He completed his first 13 passes and finished 18 of 23 for 255 yards for SJU (10-0 overall).
Senior wide receiver Will Gillach (Lindstrom, Minn./Chisago Lakes) caught four of Erdmann's seven touchdown passes and finished with nine receptions for 167 yards.
The NCAA Division III playoff field will be announced during a live selection show at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, on www.ncaa.com.
7 Passing Touchdowns
The Johnnies' previous record for single-game passing touchdowns, six, was recorded three times: Pat Mayew '92 vs. St. Olaf (Oct. 26, 1991); Willie Seiler '94 vs. St. Thomas (Oct. 23, 1993); and Seiler again at Wisconsin-La Crosse in the NCAA playoffs (Nov. 27, 1993). Seiler's six-touchdown game against the Tommies was the lone instance of the three in which the Johnnie quarterback tossed six touchdowns in a half.
Erdmann now has 34 passing touchdowns on the year, to five interceptions, which are the fourth-most in an SJU season. Mayew is third with 36 in 1991. Saturday's seven passing touchdowns enabled Erdmann to move into a tie with Tom Linnemann (1996-00) for third in school history with 79 in a career.
Erdmann is now 68 of 100 passing for 999 yards and 20 touchdowns, a 217.92 pass-efficiency rating, since his last interception thrown on Oct. 13 against St. Thomas.