The Hobart football team boarded buses this morning and left for the airport to fly to Minnesota for Saturday’s NCAA quarterfinal playoff game.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students. Ticket sales begin at 10:30 a.m. on game day and gates open at 11 a.m.
Making its seventh NCAA tournament appearance, Hobart reached the quarterfinals for the first time in program history thanks to a 35-10 victory over No. 24 Wittenberg on Saturday. The Statesmen ran for 286 yards and five touchdowns against the Tigers and held on to the football for 39:02.
Hobart is 12-0, a school record for wins in a season, and earned its spot in the 32-team field by winning the Liberty League championship and its automatic bid. The Statesmen are ranked in the top 25 in the nation in total defense (3rd, 222.58 yds/g), sacks allowed (4th, 0.5/g), pass defense (5th, 134.5 yds/g), rushing defense (15th, 88.08 yds/g), scoring defense (17th, 14.83 ppg), scoring offense (18th, 38.5 ppg), pass efficiency defense (19th, 101.9), and rushing offense (23rd, 245.25 yds/g).
Junior tailback Steven Webb was named the Liberty League Offensive Performer of the Week after rushing for 130 yards and a touchdown against Wittenberg 35-10. It was his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the year and seventh of his career. For the season, Webb has rushed for 1,094 yards, making him the first Statesman to reach 1,000 yards since All-American Doug Blakowski in 2006.
Sophomore defensive end Tyre Coleman was tabbed the Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week, recording seven tackles (5 solo), four tackles for a loss, and two sacks against the Tigers. His second sack of the day resulted in a fumble that the Statesmen recovered. Two plays later, Hobart scored a touchdown to go up 21-10 late in the third quarter. Coleman now has 7.5 tackles for a loss more than any other Statesman in a single season (29.5) and 2.5 more sacks (16.5).
Junior linebacker Cory Davis is the Liberty League Special Teams Performer of the Week. He blocked a punt in the first quarter and recovered a muffed punt in the third quarter.
The Liberty League Rookie of the Week is first-year kicker James Hull. He made all five of his PAT attempts against Wittenberg. For the second straight week, he matched the Hobart postseason game record for PATs made. Hull also eclipsed the Statesmen postseason record for PATs made, raising his total to 10, three more than Eric Ampuja’s 2004 mark.
The Tommies are also 12-0 following Saturday’s 24-17 win over No. 17 Elmhurst. St. Thomas won the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to also earn an automatic bid. STU is ranked in the top 25 in the nation in rushing defense (7th, 75.92 yds/g), net punting (8th, 36.03 net yds/p), total defense (15th, 275.92 yds/g), scoring defense (16th, 14.75 ppg), total offense (18th, 474.92 yds/g), sacks (18th, 3.17), sacks allowed (19th, 0.83/g), rushing offense (20th, 249.25 yds/g), and pass efficiency defense (24th, 102.79).
Hobart and St. Thomas have never met on the gridiron and don’t share any common opponents this season. To find common ground between the Tommies and the Statesmen, you have to turn the clock back to the 2011 season. Hobart defeated St. John Fisher 56-20 on Sept. 24 and St. Thomas topped the Cardinals 45-10 in the NCAA quarterfinals.