UD Top-10 Moments: No. 2 Football Undefeated During IIAC Championship Run

Jul 27, 2016


UD Top-10: No. 2 Undefeated Conference Slate Leads to Football’s IIAC Championship

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Led by 13 All-Iowa Conference honorees, the IIAC Defensive Player of the Year, Blaine Snitker, and Iowa Conference Coach of the Year, Stan Zweifel, the No. 18 University of Dubuque football team won the Iowa Conference and finished with an undefeated Iowa Conference record of 7-0 for the first time since 1979.

In their undefeated run, the Spartans outscored their opponents by nearly 21 points a game and compiled a turnover margin of +13 in seven IIAC games. It was UD’s second IIAC title and second NCAA tournament bid in Coach Zweifel’s seventh season at the helm.

Led by Snitker, the Spartans boasted the IIAC’s top-scoring defense and total defense by a wide margin and held five IIAC opponents to 16 or fewer points. This included a 45-13 romp over No. 8 Wartburg on Homecoming and their fifth-straight Key City victory over Loras, 42-7, on Halloween.

Stat Check
15.1 – The Spartan defense held four of their seven IIAC opponents at least 15.1 points under their IIAC season average including two of the top-three scoring offenses in Wartburg and Loras. The stellar defensive effort was anchored by six Spartans who received All-IIAC defensive honorees. 

Rest of Top-10
No. 3 - Andre Norris Becomes Legend as UD's all-time leading scorer and two-time IIAC MVP
No. 4 - Blaine Snitker Claims IIAC Defensive MVP and Captains League's Best Defense
No. 5 - Gonzalo Hernandez named first IIAC MVP in school history
No. 6 - Klaudia Basierak cements UD legacy as only four-time All-IIAC volleyball selection
No. 7 - Cameron Shere's stellar final round leads to first career All-IIAC men's golf honor
No. 8 - Tanasha Atwater concludes record-setting 2016 with All-American track and field finish
No. 9 - Stoltz Magic comes alive thanks to record-setting renovation
No. 10 - Alec Bass sets 5 school records and becomes first All-IIAC XC runner in 15 years
Honorable Mentions
-Baseball First IIAC Tournament since 2005
-Men's Soccer Reaches First IIAC Tournament Title Game
-Women's Lacrose sets program single season wins record
-Arantxa Martinez claims women's tennis' IIAC Flight A Singles Runner-Up for second time
-Wrestling breaks duals single season wins record and brings on former Olympic gold medalist