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Pipers fall in close game to visiting Lutes

The meeting was the first in the history of the two programs as the Lutes, of the Northwest Conference, traveled to Saint Paul from Tacoma, Washington.

The Lutes struck first in the game, scoring on their first possession after Trevor Fox (Sr., Colville, Wash.) pulled in an interception. On the ensuing drive, Jordan Rasmussen (Sr., University Place, Wash.) connected with Isaac Moog (Sr., Centralia, Wash.) on a 27-yard touchdown pass. Nick Kaylor’s (Fy., Bothell, Wash.) kick was good for the 7-0 PLU lead at 7:02 in the first quarter.

Hamline ate up five minutes of clock time in an 11-play, 66-yard drive that tied the game. Rhmondo Rodriguez (Sr., Davenport, Iowa) carried the ball five times in the drive with a long run of 12 yards. He then ran the ball the final two yards to score the touchdown. John Broback (So., Apple Valley, Minn.) made the PAT to tie the game at 2:06.

The first quarter had a wild ending as the Lutes called timeout with a second on the clock to get the opportunity to punt with the wind at their backs. When the ball was snapped, Cory Olsen (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) blocked the punt and Marc McDonald (So., Portland, Ore.) picked it up to start the Piper possession in PLU territory.

That then led to a second quarter then saw three touchdowns, two Piper field goals, and a missed PAT to end the opening 30 minutes with a 20-20 tie.

Hamline needed just one snap in the second quarter to take a lead as Tim Queck (Jr., Annandale, Minn.) pulled in a 53-yard touchdown pass from Adam Meyer (Jr., Cold Spring, Minn.) at 14:53. Broback’s kick was good for the 14-7 advantage.

The Lutes tied the game just over two minutes later as Greg Ford (Sr., Steilacoom, Wash.) caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Rasmussen. Kaylor’s kick was good to tie the game, 14-14, at 12:39.

Broback then hit a pair of field goals at 7:15 (25-yards) and 3:09 (42-yards) to put the Pipers up 20-14.

With a minute and a half to play in the half, the Lutes tied the game on a 56-yard pass from Rasmussen to Ford. Kaylor’s kick was wide right, and the score remained tied.

In the second half, the Lutes scored on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Rasmussen to Kyle Whitford (Sr., Kailua, Hawaii) on their first possession. They took the 27-20 lead at 8:01 in the third.

The quarter ended with an impressive defensive stand from the Pipers, as Pacific Lutheran started with the ball on the Hamline 25 after blocking a Broback punt. Hamline held back three rush attempts from their own one-yard line before Eric Klaers (So., Elk River, Minn.) intercepted the ball to end the Lutes’ scoring hopes.

The Pipers would have one last scoring opportunity in the final minutes of the game. In a 15-play, 56-yard march down the field, Blake Cook (So., Fridley, Minn.) carried the ball nine times for 29 yards. However, he was stopped short of the goal line and the Lutes took over on downs to run out the clock.

Hamline tallied 232 passing yards in the game to 278 by Pacific Lutheran. Queck led the Piper receivers with six catches for 99 yards with a long of 53-yards for the touchdown. He also had 165 all-purpose yards in the game. Alex House (Sr., Champlin, Minn.) had 73 receiving yards on seven receptions.

Rodriguez led the Piper ground game with 94 rushing yards.

Defensively for the Pipers, Olajuwan Stiffler (Fy., Troutdale, Ore.) had nine tackles (four solo, five assists) to lead the team. Olsen and McDonald each had seven tackles and Christian Willman (So., Rosemount, Minn.) had three pass break-ups.

Pacific Lutheran was led by Ford’s 152 receiving yards on 10 catches with two touchdowns. Moog had 89 yards receiving on four receptions.  Defensively, Richard Isett (Jr., Juneau, Alaska) had 13 tackles (five solo, eight assists) to lead the Lutes. Mychael Tulasosopo (Fy,. Everett, Wash.) had 12 tackles(one solo, 11 assists).

Hamline opens the season at 0-1 overall with the non-conference loss while Pacific Lutheran is 1-0. The Pipers begin MIAC play next weekend, traveling to Augsburg on Saturday, September 18, for a 1:00 p.m. start.