Wis.-La Crosse 37, St. John’s 30
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) _ Jeff Baker threw three touchdown passes as Wisconsin-La Crosse overcame St. John’s of Minnesota 37-30 with a last-minute touchdown Saturday in quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III football playoffs.
With the game tied, La Crosse (11-1) used a five-play, 36-yard drive for the winning touchdown on a 5-yard run by Toby Krause with 47 seconds remaining.
The victory advanced La Crosse to the semifinals next weekend against Mount Union of Ohio (12-0), which eliminated Illinois Wesleyan 49-14.
La Crosse trailed 30-8 in the third period before Jeff Peterson scored on a 19-yard pass from Baker. La Crosse drew within 30-22 on a 1-yard run by Ryan Shaver with 1:16 left in the quarter.
Shaver tied it 30-30 in the fourth on a 13-yard pass from Baker.
St. John’s (11-1) led 23-8 on a 2-yard scoring run by Kip Knipel in the second quarter. Pat Harushin made it 30-8 by returning a pass interception 45 yards with 13:47 left in the third.
Baker converted 21 of 40 passes for 238 yards. He was intercepted three times.
St. John’s Kurt Ramler converted 18 of 45 passes for 299 yards. He threw a short pass to Nate Rasmussen for a first-quarter touchdown and to Adam Herbst for a 15-8 lead in the second after Jeremy Earp scored on a pass from Baker.
La Crosse outgained St. John’s 375 yards to 293. The game’s leading rusher was La Crosse’s Mike Bechtel with 40 yards.