September 18, 2010

Meyer ties school passing record (again) as Augsburg defeats Pipers

Meyer tied the school record of 375 passing yards in a game last year at Augsburg and matched that total on 27-for-46 passing with four touchdowns today.

The Auggies put the first points of the game on the board at 3:35 in the first quarter on a 30-yard field goal. That would be the only scoring in the opening 15 minutes of play, but the next 15 minutes saw 35 points added to the board.

In the second quarter, Hamline's offense held onto the ball for 11:18 and exploded to put 28 points on the board. Meyer threw for 138 yards on 8-for-12 passing and three touchdowns in the quarter.

Alex Ferguson (So., Kent, Wash.) opened up the scoring at 12:01 with a one-yard rushing touchdown. John Broback's (So., Apple Valley, Minn.) kick was good to put the Pipers up 7-0.

On the ensuing Auggie possession, first-year Olajuwan Stiffler (Troutdale, Ore.) intercepted Augsburg quarterback Marcus Brumm at the Augsburg 46-yard line. He returned it eight yards, but fumbled. John-Michael Vandenberg (So., Bothell, Wash.) recovered the ball on the Augsburg 37-yard line for the Pipers.

Connor Sathre (Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.) came in at quarterback for the Pipers, running the ball twice for seven yards, helping the Pipers get a first down on the Augsburg 25. Meyer then went to work once again, hitting Alex House (Sr., Champlin, Minn.) on a 25-yard TD pass. Broback's kick was good once again, giving Hamline a 14-3 lead.

The Pipers got the ball back immediately on the kickoff as Augsburg touched the ball on an on-side kick and Hamline recovered at the Hamline 41-yard line.

Meyer and Sathre then combined on a five play, 59-yard drive ending in a three-yard touchdown pass from Meyer to Tim Queck (Jr., Annandale, Minn.) at 7:24. Broback hit his third PAT of the game, and Hamline had a 21-7 lead.

The Auggies then had their first touchdown of the day as Brumm threw a 24-yard scoring pass at 5:04. The kick was good, and Hamline remained in the lead, 21-10.

The Pipers put another touchdown on the board before halftime, scoring at the end of a 12-play, 61-yard drive. House pulled in his second touchdown of the afternoon from Meyer, this time a 12-yard reception with 62 seconds remaining on the clock. Hamline led 28-10 at the break.

In the third quarter, the two teams combined to put thirty more points on the board. Meyer opened up the wild quarter with a 28-yard TD toss to Sean Lewis (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.). Broback added the extra point for the 35-10 lead.

The Auggies responded with a pair of touchdowns - a 30-yard passing TD at 10:31 and a two-yard run at 7:10. Augsburg attempted the two-point conversion after the score, but was unsuccessful. Broback then hit a 31-yard field goal at 2:50 to make the score 38-23 in favor of the visitors.

Augsburg then ended the game with three unanswered touchdowns in the final 16 minutes of the game for the win, and to reclaim "The Hammer."

They first struck with an eight-yard pass with 55 seconds to play in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, they scored on runs of 11 and two yards. In both cases, the Auggies attempted the two-point conversion and failed.

In addition to making all five extra points and his only field goal attempted in the game, Broback had three punts. He averaged 41.3 yards with a long of 50 and pinned the Auggies inside the 20-yard line on all three punts.

Queck had 149 receiving yards and a touchdown on 11 catches. He had 236 all-purpose yards as he added 59 yards on kick returns and 23 on punt returns.

House tallied 100 yards receiving on six catches with two touchdowns. He had 223 all-purpose yards as he also had 122 yards on kick returns in the game.

Marc McDonald (So., Portland, Ore.) and Josh Bain (Sr., Grand Meadow, Minn.) each had ten tackles. McDonald had seven solo and three assists while Bain had five of each.

Brumm threw for 445 yards and three touchdowns on 35-for-65 passing for the Auggies. Muneer Al-Hameed led all Augsburg receivers with 194 yards and two touchdowns on 13 catches.

The Pipers are now 0-2, 0-1 MIAC while the Auggies are 3-0, 1-0 MIAC. Hamline returns home to Klas Field on Saturday, September 25, to host Carleton College at 1:00 p.m.