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More than 17,000 fans crush attendance record at Tommie-Johnnie football game

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Long-standing sports rivalries – like the one between the University of St. Thomas and St. John's University – can be a powerful thing.

And in the case of Saturday's football game between the two schools, it was powerful enough to set an all-time Division III attendance record at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville, Minnesota, FOX 9 says.

A whopping 17, 327 college ball fans packed into the arena, where the Tommies beat the Johnnies 35-14.

Quite a number when you consider that Clemens can only "officially" seat around 7,400 people, according to ESPN, which predicted about 15,000 might show up.

FOX 9 says the network's "SportsCenter on the Road" show – which was at Saturday's game – may have been responsible for drawing an unusually high number of fans to the stadium.

ESPN described the St. John's-St. Thomas rivalry as "Division III football's Alabama-Auburn streamed through a private-school, Minnesota Nice filter."

Clemens is the home field of the Johnnies.

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