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November 14, 2009

2009 Season - Lee's record 422 yards spark Vikings to win

DECATUR, Ill. – For the second week in a row, Augustana sophomore quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) has supplanted former NFL MVP Ken Anderson in the school’s record book. After breaking Anderson’s single-game record for completions last week, Lee threw for 422 yards Saturday afternoon, sparking a 42-13 win over Millikin. The 422 yards break the previous record of 410, set by Anderson against North Park on November 2, 1968.

With the win the Vikings finish the season at 6-4 overall and tied for third place in the CCIW at 4-3. Millikin also finishes 6-4 overall and a game behind Augustana, Wheaton and Carthage in the conference standings at 3-4.

The Vikings jumped on the Big Blue early. After the Augustana defense forced a Millikin three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, it took the offense just four plays to go 67 yards for the game’s opening score. Lee connected with Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.) for a 47-yard completion on Augustana’s first play from scrimmage and three plays later Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) finished off the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. Ryan Gibbons’ (Richwoods HS, Peoria, Ill.) point after gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead with 11:45 left in the first quarter.

Parke caught two passes in the game to finish the season with 42 receptions—third best in school history. He also finishes his career with 97 catches, putting him third on Augustana’s all-time list.

Alex Schroeder (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) picked off Big Blue quarterback Gavin Johnson on Millikin’s next possession. Schroeder’s 25-yard return set up the Vikings at the Millikin 44-yard line. From there the offense moved inside the Millikin 10, but Parke was stopped on a fourth-and-one at the Big Blue six-yard line.

Lee’s touchdown on a 3-yard option keeper on the Vikings’ next possession pushed the lead to 14-0. He added an 11-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to make it 21-0 and when freshman running back Nate Pena (Neuqua Valley HS, Bolingbrook, Ill.) went in from six yards out to make it 28-0 at the 3:24 mark of the first half, the only question became whether Lee would set a new record. He finished the first half with 256 passing yards.

In the third quarter, Lee connected on his first two touchdown passes of the day. The first went 25 yards to senior Matt Downing (Morton HS, Morton, Ill.) who had another big day himself. After making 11 grabs in last week’s game, Downing snared another 10 passes for 160 yards on Saturday. He finishes the season with 40 receptions (fourth-best in school history) and his career with 72, good for eighth on Augustana’s career list.

Lee’s second touchdown pass of the day went 12 yards to Jack Gilleland (Marian Central Catholic HS, Bull Valley, Ill.) and made the score 42-0 with nine seconds left in the third quarter. Lee broke the record when he connected with Downing on a 41-yard completion with 14 minutes left in the game. He completed one more pass before getting the rest of the day off.

Big Blue quarterback Matt Holmes connected with receivers Erik Tobey and Shane Dixon on a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to account for the final score.

Lee finished the game 25-of-34 for 422 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His big day pushed his season yardage total to 1,714, second only to Anderson’s 2,117 set in 1968, when he too was a sophomore. Remarkably, Lee is now ninth on the school’s career passing yardage list as well with 1,730 yards.

Pena led the Viking ground attack with 37 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. As has been the case for most of the season, the Augustana defense was solid again. Big Blue running back Dion Wilson, who came in leading the CCIW in rushing, gained just 18 yards on seven carries and as a team, Millikin gained just 267 total yards and only 79 yards on 29 rushes.

Senior linebacker Preston Jones (Bureau Valley HS, Sheffield, Ill.) finished his career by leading the Vikings with ten tackles, including seven solos, two for loss and one sack. In addition to Schroeder, Andrew Rosset (Maine West HS, Des Plaines, Ill.) also intercepted a Millikin pass.