The Pipers used big plays to put points on the board in the first
half, starting with a 45-yard touchdown run from Cornish. Cornish,
playing just his second game at running back after moving over from the
defensive side of the ball, broke free on the far sideline for the score
with just over four and a half minutes remaining in the first quarter.
John Broback (So., Apple Valley, Minn.) would make his first of seven PATs to give Hamline the 7-0 lead.
That would be the only scoring in the opening 15 minutes, but the two
teams combined to put 20 on the board in the second quarter.
Willman, who scored on an 84-yard interception return a week ago,
intercepted Macalester quarterback Clark Bledsoe (So., Jacksonville,
Fla.) at the Hamline 20-yard line and returned it all the way at 13:41
in the second quarter.
Macalester would go on to end their next two drives with field goals
by Auburn Jimenez (Fy., Bellflower, Calif.). The first came from 25
yards out at 6:35 in the second and the third was at 3:21 from 22 yards.
With the clock winding down on the first half and Hamline leading
14-6, House ended a 13-play, 80-yard drive that ate up three minutes of
clock time with an eight-yard TD catch from Adam Meyer (Jr., Cold
Spring, Minn.). During that drive, Cornish rushed four times for 26
yards, including two runs of 14 yards.
The touchdown came with 2.8 seconds on the clock and gave the Pipers a 21-6 lead at halftime.
In the second half, seven more touchdowns and a field goal were put on the board.
Macalester scored first in the third quarter as Mike Snavely (Jr.,
Minneapolis, Minn.) pulled in his first of two touchdown receptions,
this one a 24-yard pass, from Bledsoe at 8:06. Jimenez’ kick was good
and the Scots cut the lead to 21-13.
On the ensuing kickoff, House gave the Pipers great field position as
he returned the kick 38 yards to the Macalester 38. Meyer then opened
up with a 37-yard pass to Tim Queck (Jr., Annandale, Minn.) to put
Hamline at the Macalester one-yard line. Connor Sathre (Jr., Maple
Grove, Minn.) came in at quarterback and handed it off to Cornish, who
scored his second TD of the game.
The Scots once again made it an eight-point game, scoring on a
15-yard touchdown pass from Bledsoe to Jon Elliott (Sr., El Paso, Texas)
at 4:46. However, before the quarter ended, the Pipers had put another
touchdown on the board as Queck scored on a five-yard reception from
Meyer with 19 seconds left on the clock.
Leading 35-23 to start the final quarter as the Macalester possession
carried over, ten different Pipers recorded tackles on the Scots’
16-play drive to hold Jimenez to another field goal, this time from 27
Hamline struck again on their next possession as a trio of long
passes from Meyer drove the Pipers down the field. The series opened
with a 10-yard pass to House, Anthony Iten (Sr., Fridley, Minn.) had a
20-yard catch, and House pulled in a 21-yard reception for a touchdown
Bledsoe turned around and hit Snavely on a 54-yard pass for a score
just over a minute later, but Hamline had the last say on the
Sathre, in at quarterback, ran for a 31-yard score with three minutes to play, giving Hamline the 19-point win.
The Scots had one final chance to score, driving to the Piper 21-yard
line. But John-Michael Vandenberg (So., Bothell, Wash.) protected the
Piper cushion, intercepting Bledsoe in the end zone with less than two
minutes to play.
Bledsoe threw for 300 yards on 22-for-34 passing with two
interceptions. His leading receiver was Snavely, who had 120 yards
receiving. Defensively, Zach Englert’s (So., Salt Lake City, Utah) ten
tackles (five solo, five assists) led the Scots.
Cornish had an impressive performance on the ground for the Pipers,
rushing for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Sathre ran for 58 yards and a
Meyer threw for 176 yards on 14-for-19 passing with three touchdowns.
House had 80 receiving yards en route to 227 all-purpose yards.
Defensively, Justin Bain (Sr., Grand Meadow, Minn.) had 14 total
tackles (nine solo, five assists) to lead the Pipers. In addition to his
interception, Vandenberg had eight tackles (five solo, three assists).
Cory Olsen (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) had ten tackles (three solo, seven
Broback was 7-for-7 in PATs and was only forced to punt twice in the
game, as Hamline scored touchdowns on all but three possessions.
The Pipers are now 1-3 overall while Macalester is 3-2. Hamline hits
the road again next Saturday, October 9, to play at Gustavus Adolphus at