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Foss passes the Cougars past Eureka

Behind the play of sophomore quarterback Derrick Foss, the University of Minnesota, Morris football team cruised to a 47-29 victory Saturday, Sept. 25 over Eureka.

The Cougars improve to 3-1 in the year and stay unbeaten in UMAC action at 3-0. Eureka meanwhile falls to 0-4 and 0-1 in league play.

Foss threw for four touchdowns, and ran for another, leading the Cougars to 543 yards of total offense.  The Hancock native finished 12-of-23 passing for a career-high 298 yards and the four scores.  His favorite target was receiver John Russow, who hauled in six passes for 181 yards and one of Foss' four TD passes.

The two also connected for a 52-yard reception, in addition to their 32-yard third quarter scoring strike.

The Cougars opened the scoring with a 31-yard scoring pass from Foss to Todd Gramenz at 8:26 of the first quarter, but just 14 seconds later the Red Devils also found the end zone with a 65-yard touchdown pass to tie it at 7-7.

The score would stay there until late in the second, when Foss scored on a one-yard run to put the Cougars ahead 14-7 with less than five minutes left in the first half.

Before the clock ran out before the break, Foss connected with Daniel Comacho on a 22-yard strike.

Then, as time expired, Eureka capped a nine-play, 44-yard drive with a field goal to close the gap to 21-10.

Out of the break, the Red Devils scored again and drew within four at 21-17 after a six-yard run.

That was as close as it would get however, as the Cougars ripped off 21 straight points to close the third quarter and put the game out of reach. Foss passed for two more scores and Gramenz ripped off a 68-yard run and the Cougars led 40-17 as the fourth quarter started.

After a pair of Eureka scores, Gramenz scored his third touchdown of the day with a 24-yard run for the final 47-29 margin.

Gramenz finished with 155 yards on the ground on 26 carries to go along with 56 yards receiving. Leandro Dower carried 16 times for 73 yards as the Cougars rushed for a total of 212 yards.

Conversely, the Cougar defense held the Red Devils to a mere 44 yards on ground on 26 carries. Nate Lund led the defense with a 10 total tackles, and was joined on the leader board by Josh Ledin with eight total tackles, including a sack.

After three of the first four weeks on the road, UMM gets a much deserved bye this week, before returning home for Homecoming on Oct.9. For homecoming 2010, the Cougars will host Martin Luther at 1 p.m. as UMAC play rolls on.