Weber breaks completion record

Ellestad showing confidence thus far.

by Austin Cumblad

As far as Adam Weber knew, his 13-yard pass to junior fullback Jon Hoese midway through the third quarter was just another completion. So when asked after the game how it felt to break MinnesotaâÄôs career completion record, the junior quarterbackâÄôs reaction was, âÄúWhat?âÄù The media in the room helped him out, explaining that the completion to Hoese was the 540th of his career, moving him past Cory Sauter (1994-97) for first on the all-time list. âÄúOh,âÄù Weber said, now aware of his place in the record books. âÄúI guess itâÄôs one of those things that kind of happens if you stay around here long enough.âÄù Seated to WebberâÄôs left for post-game interviews, senior wide receiver Eric Decker wasnâÄôt going to let him off that easy. âÄúJunior,âÄù Decker quipped while his quarterback tried to explain the record as a simple matter of longevity. Weber also sits just 1,322 yards shy of the Gophers career mark for passing yardage and 15 touchdowns shy of Asad AbdulâÄîKhaliqâÄôs and Bryan CupitoâÄôs record 55 career touchdown passes. âÄúItâÄôs a great, great honor,âÄù Weber said of the completions mark. âÄúBut itâÄôs the other things; the winning games, the taking this team to the next level thatâÄôs more important.âÄù Wait paying off for Ellestad Late in the fourth quarter Saturday, Minnesota faced a fourth-and-1 from the Air Force 22. Leading 17-10, head coach Tim Brewster was conflicted. âÄúI was thinking about going for it,âÄù Brewster said. But junior kicker Eric Ellestad had other ideas. âÄú[Ellestad] said, âÄòIâÄôm going to make that for you if you want me to,âÄôâÄù Brewster said. âÄúI said, âÄòThatâÄôd be good.âÄôâÄù For a kid who played his first collegiate game a week ago, Ellestad has showed the poise and confidence of a veteran. Against Syracuse, he knocked through a 26-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime, then won the game with a 35-yarder in the first overtime period. Then on Saturday, he scored the first ever points in TCF Bank Stadium with a 34-yard kick and iced the game when, as promised, he split the uprights with just over five minutes remaining in the game. âÄúI believe in him and he believes in himself,âÄù Brewster said. âÄúRight now heâÄôs in a great zone and he feels really good about what heâÄôs doing âĦ The kicks that that kid has made two weeks in a row under pressure âÄî pretty good stuff.âÄù