Storm Top 10 Countdown: No. 1

The 2011-12 season brought us many great moments. From thrilling overtime wins, to conference championships, to milestone achievements, this past year was a true testament to the success experienced by student-athletes at Simpson.

Your votes for the top moments of the 2011-12 season have been tallied. Now, we will reveal the results as we re-live our favorite moments of the year.

No. 1: Football upsets Wartburg in overtime

Nobody saw it coming.

Nobody that is, except for the men in the locker room.

Trailing by 17 in the fourth quarter on the road against No. 19 Wartburg (on homecoming, no less), it looked as though the Simpson football team would fall to 2-5 on the season.

But there was never a doubt on the visiting sidelines.

Following the lead of an emerging signal caller, a dominating wide receiver and a determined defense, the Storm came back. A touchdown pass from quarterback Taylor Nelson to receiver Taylor Rogers with 11 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 31, forcing overtime.

The Taylors hooked up again in the first overtime possession. After an extra point by James Gale made the score 38-31, the defense took the field.

Wartburg pulled within a point after a 4-yard touchdown run and was only an extra point away from forcing a second overtime.

Brenton Minish had other plans.

A good surge by the defensive line allowed Minish to block the point after attempt, giving Simpson a dramatic 38-37 win over the Knights, the program’s first since 1997.

Read the game recap

Watch the scene in the locker room after the game below.

 

And that completes our top 10 moments of 2011-12. Thanks to all those who voted and we hope you join us this year as we strive for cointued success and build upon our Championship Tradition.

Storm Top 10 Moments of 2011-12

Rank Performance  % Votes (# Votes)
t-10  Dorff ties strikeout record/Edwardson goes to nationals 4.2 (52)
9 Allen's goal gives men's soccer 1-0 win over Central  4.9 (60)
Yarbrough sets three school records at Liberal Arts Championships  5.4 (66)
7 Barragan sets career 3-point record  6.5 (80)
Men's basketball upsets Dubuque in IIAC Tournament  7.1 (87)
Softball players set career records 7.7 (94)
Arey throws perfect game  10.1 (124)
Women's basketball wins fifth straight IIAC title 10.8 (132)
Track & Field goes 3-for-3 at nationals 16.0 (197)
Football upsets Wartburg in overtime  17.0 (208)