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Simpson 61, Augsburg 21

November 29, 1997

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) _ Brad Jorgensen threw four touchdown passes and Cory Christensen rushed for three more as Simpson crushed Augsburg of Minnesota 61-21 Saturday in a NCAA Division III quarterfinal playoff game.

Both teams scored on their opening possessions, starting with Jorgensen connecting with Guy Leman for a 12-yard score to finish off a 64-yard, 11-play drive. Augsburg answered with an 84-yard, 14-play drive capped off by a 1 yard run by quarterback Derrin Lanker.

With 4:44 left in the first quarter, Christensen scored on a 3-yard run and the Storm poured it on from there.

A key to the win was Simpson’s pressure on Lanker, who had passed for a school-record 3,344 yards and 27 TDs in leading the Auggies to a 10-1 record heading into the game. He threw well again Saturday, connecting on 29 of 39 passes for 302 yards, but there were also five interceptions. Augsburg got only 83 yards on the ground.

``When you live by the pass, you die by the pass,″ said coach Jack Osborn. ``Simpson is a big, physical team and was the better team today.″

Simpson coach Jim Williams said, ``People were in the right places and we took away their best weapon.″

Leman rushed for 129 yards for Simpson, now 12-0, while Jorgensen completed 13 of 20 passes for 187 yards.

Simpson next plays Mount Union, which defeated John Carroll 59-7 Saturday.

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