Turnovers Lead to 10-0 Loss at UMM
MORRIS, Minn. - The MLC football team turned the ball over six times on the way to a 10-0 loss at Minnesota, Morris Saturday in the first UMAC game of the season.
The game started on a bad note for the Knights when UMM returned the opening kickoff for a score to put MLC in an early 7-0 hole.
The offense struggled early, turning the ball over four times in the first half and putting the defense in difficult spots, but the defense would hold the Cougars to just three points the rest of the half as the Cougars led 10-0 at the break.
The second half was more of the same, as the Knights were unable to get anything going offensively, and then were unable to hold onto the ball when they had opportunities. MLC turned the ball over twice more in the season half, including once on the UMM five-yard-line with a chance to cut into the deficit in the third quarter.
The defense held the Cougars to just 178 yards and eight first downs for the game to give the team a chance, but the Knights were never able to put any points on the board.
Derek Loewen and Conrad Dewey led the defense with 13 tackles apiece, while Doug Van Sice and Paul Spaude each finished with 12 tackles. Van Sice also had 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack in the game.
Offensively, Matt Olson finished with 109 yards rushing on 36 carries, but also lost five fumbles and went 3-18 passing for 38 yards against a stingy UMM defense. For the game, the Knights out-gained the Cougars 201-178, including a 163-107 edge in rushing yards.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 1-1 on the season, while UMM improved to 1-1 with the win.
The Knights will return to action on Saturday, September 15, when they host Westminster in a game scheduled to start at 1 p.m.