Football Loses at CSS
DULUTH, Minn. - The Martin Luther College football team was unable to slow down the St. Scholastica offense in a 48-14 loss Saturday.
The Knights scored first, as Matt Olson capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive to open the game that ate 6:19 off the clock to give the Knights a 7-0 lead.
The CSS offense would respond, however, as Jake Jensen ran for touchdowns of 70 and four yards, and Tyler Harper threw a 12-yard scoring strike to Mitch O'Neal to give the Saints a 21-7 edge late in the second quarter.
The Knights had a chance to cut to within one score at the end of the first half, but the drive stalled inside the CSS five-yard-line before a missed field goal ended the half with the Saints ahead by 14 points.
The defenses traded stops to start the second quarter, but CSS took command midway through the third quarter, scoring on four consecutive drives to put the game away. The Knights were able to add a touchdown on a pass from Luke Rothe to Josh Rathje early in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to hold off the CSS push.
Both teams had success on the ground in the game, as MLC ran for 255 yards on 68 carries, while CSS averaged 13.7 yards per carry, totaling 343 yards on 25 attempts. Matt Olson led MLC with 128 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries.
Rothe finished 8-17 passing for 101 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Rathje and Chris Arndt were his top targets on the day, combining for five catches and 72 yards.
MLC dropped to 2-5 on the season and 2-4 in league play with the loss, while CSS improved to 6-1 overall and 6-0 in the UMAC with the win.
The Knights will return to action on Saturday, October 26, when they host Minnesota Morris at 1 p.m. in the Homecoming contest.