Southwest Minnesota State University's Lance Schuveiller missed a 43-yard field goal that would have sent the game to overtime with 15 seconds left in the game and Augustana escaped with a 38-35 win in the season finale. Augustana ends the season 5-6 NSIC, 3-4 NSIC South while SMSU drops to 4-7 overall, 3-4 in the South Division.
Augustana has now won 15 straight games over Southwest Minnesota State.
Augustana's Dajon Newell became the fourth 1,000-yard rusher in Augustana history finishing the game with 160 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Newell finishes the season with 1,085 yards on the season and is the first 1,000-yard rusher since Joe Clark in 2010.
Josh Hanson finished the game 22 of 28 passing for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Hanson finishes his career as Augustana's all-time leader in touchdown passes with 73 and ended the season as the NSIC's leader with 32. Hanson set a new career-high in passing yards finishing the season with 2,878 passing yards.
Augustana finished the game with 492 yards of total offense while Hanson led the Vikings on the game-winning 92-yard drive eating up six minutes of game clock. The Vikings rushed for 236 yards while the Mustangs added 156 rushing yards on the game.
SMSU's Tyler Peschong finished the game 23 of 41 passing for 271 yards and four touchdowns. Gannon Moore rushed 15 times for 55 yards while Warren Matthews rushed 14 times for 68 yards and a score.
Austin Luecke led the Viking defense with 10 tackles on the game. Luecke finishes the season with a career-high 108 tackles.
Augustana got off to a fast start marching right down the field on the opening drive going 65 yards on 12 plays behind the arm of Hanson. The senior quarterback hit Niklason four times on the drive for 31 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown catch to give Augustana an early 7-0 lead.
The Viking defense made quick work of the SMSU offense on its first chance picking off Peschong on the first play of the drive. Thomas Vanasek grabbed his third interception of the season setting up Hanson and the Viking offense at SMSU's 30-yard line. Newell plunged into the end zone for his 10th score of the season to give Augustana a 14-0 lead just six minutes into the game.
Both teams would go on to score on their next possessions but the Mustangs were able to get a big turnover after a score to take a 21-20 lead.
Augustana took a 20-7 after a 29-yard touchdown pass from Hanson to Matt Gerry. The extra point was blocked and SMSU responded with an eight-play 75-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Peschong to Anthony Dean.
On the following kick return Gebhardt was stripped of the ball and the Mustangs recovered taking over at Augustana's 40-yard line. Seven plays later Peschong hit Warren Matthews for a 16-yard touchdown and SMSU took a 21-20 lead with 5:37 left in the first half.
Augustana would not let down after the two straight SMSU scores as Newell took a 47-yard run into the end zone on the very next drive. SMSU was called offside on the extra point attempt allowing Hanson to score on a two-point conversion to give Augustana a seven-point lead at 28-21.
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