October 09, 2010

Pipers drop road game to Gustavus

The Gusties scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead, as Logan Becker connected with Muresuk Mena on a 17-yard pass at 11:42 and then with Cody Sukalski on a 28-yard throw at 3:17.

As the second quarter began, the Gusties held possession of the ball. The Piper defense kept them out of the end zone and Hamline took over on downs at their own three-yard line.

At third and nine on the Piper four-yard line, Adam Meyer (Jr., Cold Spring, Minn.) hit Tim Queck (Jr., Annandale, Minn.) on a 49-yard pass that got the Pipers to the Gustie 47.

Zach Cornish (Fy., Barstow, Calif.) and Connor Sathre (Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.) shared rushing duties and Alex House (Sr., Champlin, Minn.) had a 10-yard reception to help drive the Pipers down the field.

Cornish then carried the ball the final two yards for the touchdown at 5:51 in the second quarter.

Gustavus would have one more score before the end of the half, as Sukalski had a three-yard TD reception from Becker with 12 seconds remaining.

The Gusties opened the second half with the ball, and after managing a pair of first downs, Marc McDonald (So., Portland, Ore.) intercepted Becker at the Piper 42-yard line. He returned it nine yards to Gustie territory.

Meyer capitalized on the turnover, hitting each of his three main wide receivers on the ensuing scoring drive. Queck pulled in a 12-yard catch, House a 10-yard reception, and Anthony Iten (Sr., Fridley, Minn.) had catches of 6- and 23-yards.

The 23-yard reception scored Hamline's second touchdown of the game at 10:20 in the third quarter. John Broback's (So., Apple Valley, Minn.) kick was good for the second time in the game.

The Gusties then went on to pull away from the game with a trio of big scoring plays, starting with an 85-yard rushing touchdown by Jeffrey Dubose at 1:32 in the third quarter.

Jason Cook then blocked Broback's punt on the next Piper possession and Greg Lane picked it up and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.

Gustavus' final touchdown came at the start of the fourth quarter when Brad Kruckeberg intercepted Meyer on the Gustie 30-yard line and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown.

Meyer threw for 272 yards on 24-for-44 passing with three interceptions. Queck led the Piper receiving corps with 116 yards on six catches and Iten had 78 receiving yards on seven catches. House added 55 yards on seven catches.

Becker threw for 184 yards on 15-for-22 passing with one interception. Sukalski was his leading receiver with 93 yards on five catches. Dubose ran for 202 yards on 21 carries.

Defensively, John-Michael Vandenberg (So., Bothell, Wash.) had 12 tackles (eight solo, four assists) to lead the Pipers. Olajuwan Stiffler (Fy., Troutdale, Ore.) had nine tackles (six solo, three assists).

Paul Stommes led the Gusties with nine tackles (two solo, seven assists).

Hamline falls to 1-4, 0-3 MIAC with the loss. The Gusties are now 3-2, 2-1 MIAC. The Pipers will host St. Thomas on Saturday, October 16, at 1:00 p.m.