Augsburg graduated leading receiver Royce Winford (the 2008 MIAC most valuable player, 93 catches for 1,139 yards, 16 TDs in 2008 ) and QB Jordan Berg (3,226 yards and 25 TDs on 297-of-499 passing in 2008) from last year's campaign, but the Auggies are still an air-attack team and will challenge the Piper secondary. Their leading rusher has netted 97 yards on the ground whereas the top three receivers for Augsburg have tallied 290, 252, and 196 total yards in three games.
However, the Piper defensive line will have to be alert if the Auggies get into the red zone - seven of Augsburg's ten touchdowns this season came on the ground. Two of those touchdown rushes came from their quarterback.
Both teams enter the game with a 1-2 record and in pursuit of their first MIAC win of 2009. Augsburg's lone conference game thus far was a 24-14 loss at St. Olaf last Saturday.
About "The Hammer"
Saturday's game against Augsburg is the fifth in the battle for "The Hammer," the trophy that goes to the winner of the Hamline-Augsburg game. The Pipers will be looking to gain possession of the trophy for the first time in the hammer's history.
The trophy was started in Frank Haege's first season as Augsburg's head coach in 2005. The hammer was a trophy used by the coaching staff in 2004 and awarded to the special teams player of the week. The trophy has a maroon handle and gray head, similar to the school colors of both schools - maroon and gray for Augsburg, burgundy and gray for Hamline. It is guarded during the game by the athletic trainer of the winning school from the previous year.
Hamline 21, Augsburg 24
Augsburg took home a 24-21 win at Hamline despite three Piper interceptions, including two from Brady Lorenzen.
Augsburg’s play was highlighted by wide receiver Royce Winford who scored 10 points on a two-point run-back on a fumbled point-after attempt by Hamline, a 12-yard touchdown reception and a catch on a two-point conversion attempt.
Auggie quarterback Jordan Berg threw for 311 yards on 28-for-40 passing with 3 interceptions in the game.
James Leary was 17-for-24 on the Hamline side of the ball with 167 yards passing, one interception, 85 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns. He also threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Sean Lewis to put the Pipers on the scoreboard first with just under 10 minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
After scoring that opening touchdown, the Pipers elected to go for two and the home team went up 8-0.
Leary extended that lead to 14-0 with 22 seconds remaining in the quarter on a two-yard run, but after the ball was fumbled on point-after attempt, Winford ran it back for the two points to make the score 14-2.
Augsburg then strung together three consecutive touchdowns, the first at three minutes into the second quarter on a four-yard run.
The Auggies next touchdown nearly six minutes into the second half on Winford’s reception and then two-point conversion catch, making the score 17-14 and giving Augsburg their first lead of the game.
David Tilton then posted an eight-yard run for a score with just over two and a half minutes remaining in the third quarter, and with a successful kick from Christopherson, the Auggies built their lead to 24-14.
The Pipers made the end of the game exciting, as Lorenzen pulled in his second interception of the game at the Augsburg 21-yard line in the final minute of the third quarter. Leary ran for nine yards for the final play in the third, and then ran for 12 yards in the first play of the fourth quarter for the score. Derek Johnson’s kick was good, bringing Hamline to within three at 24-21 with nearly 15 minutes to play.
The Pipers had one last chance to tie the game in the final minute, but a 34-yard field goal attempt by Johnson fluttered wide left, leaving the win for Augsburg as they ran out the clock.
In addition to Lorenzen’s two interceptions, Dante Guther pulled one down as well.
The Pipers gained 137 yards on the ground to Augsburg’s 29, but Augsburg gained 311 yards in the air to Hamline’s 137. Leary led Hamline’s rushing game with 85 yards.
Projected depth chart for Hamline University
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Key Players to watch:
OLB Josh Bain - The junior continues to lead the Piper defense after recording 19 tackles (14 solo, five assists) and a fumble recovery thus far in 2009.
DB Lucas Jones - The sophomore also has 19 total tackles this season (10 solo, nine assists).
ILB Justin Bain - The junior has worked his way into a starting role with the Pipers and has nine tackles (five solo, four assists) now on the season.
WR Alex House - The junior has totaled 192 yards (64/game). Also seeing time on special teams as a kick- and punt-returner, he is averaging 156 all-purpose yards per game (including 219 total yards on kick returns).
WR Tim Queck - The sophomore has 180 receiving yards (60/game). He has tallied 75 kick-return yards and is averaging 88.3 all-purpose yards per game.
The Pipers dropped a tough game, 63-10, to a St. Thomas team then-ranked #17 in the D3football.com poll.
Hamline scored all of their points in the fourth quarter as sophomore quarterback Adam Meyer connected with John Yates, III on a five-yard pass.
Derek Johnson’s kick was good, and the scoring capped an eight play, 64-yard drive. The drive included a 38-yard reception by Tim Queck.
The Pipers held St. Thomas to three-and-out on their next possession and Alex House returned the punt 22-yards to the St. Thomas 43-yard line. The ensuing drive resulted in a 35-yard field goal by Johnson that made the score 49-10.
Queck led the Pipers with 99 yards receiving on eight catches as Meyer threw for 202 yards and a touchdown on 22-for-38 passing.
A trio of Pipers had six tackles each - Dante Guther, Lucas Jones, and Justin Bain.
Projected depth chart for the Augsburg College Auggies
Key Players to watch:
QB Marcus Brumm - The sophomore is a transfer from Minnesota State Mankato and has thrown for 938 yards and three TDs on 73-of-146 passing this season. He is averaging 312.7 passing yards/game.
WR Muneer Al-Hameed - The junior leads the receiver corps with 290 yards on 20 catches, averaging 96.7 receiving yards per game. He also appears on special teams for the Auggies and has totaled 35 yards on punt returns for an average of 106.3 all-purpose yards/game.
WRs Mike Nourie & Josh Pronschinske: The senior and junior are the second and third leading receivers, respectively. Nourie has 252 total yards while Pronschinske has tallied 196.
RB Waylon Hartwick: The sophomore leads the ground game with a net of 97 yards and three rushing touchdowns. He also has 97 receiving yards this year and averages 70.7 all-purpose yards per game.
LB Adam Mead: The junior has tallied 31 tackles (17 solo, 14 assists) to lead the Auggie defense. He also has one fumble recovery and a pair of forced fumbles.
DL Josh Collins: The junior leads Augsburg with 2.5 sacks and has 17 total tackles (eight solo, nine assists)
Last Week -
Augsburg held a 14-7 lead at halftime last Saturday on the road, but could not overcome 17 unanswered points in the second half by St. Olaf, as the Oles claimed a 24-14 win over the Auggies.
Waylon Hartwick and Marcus Brumm scored the Auggie touchdowns.
The game proved to be a tale of two halves. In the first half, Augsburg produced 178 yards of total offense, compared to just 106 for the Oles. However, the Oles outgained Augsburg by a 213-138 margin in the second half, as four of the six second-half drives by the Auggies ended in punts.
Augsburg opened the game with an 11-play, 75-yard drive capped by an 11-yard rushing touchdown by Hartwick. Hartwick accounted for 49 of the 75 yards on the drive - 25 yards on the ground and 24 receiving yards.
The Oles tied the game on their first drive of the second quarter on a quarterback sneak from a yard out, but Augsburg answered late in the first half. A 17-yard quarterback sack by Andrew Bergeson and Genshi Tezuka forced the Oles to punt and gave the Auggies good field position with the ball at the St. Olaf 38. Five plays later, Brumm rushed three yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
St. Olaf responded in the second half, as its opening drive of the third quarter resulted in a six-play, 51-yard drive and a one-yard rushing touchdown by to tie the game at 14-14.
The Oles took the lead midway through the fourth quarter. After an Augsburg field-goal attempt was blocked, the Oles took the ball and went nine plays and 61 yards, ending with a 33-yard field goal.
The final St. Olaf touchdown came on a 90-yard run.
Brumm threw for 249 yards on 24-of-53 passing, with Hartwick catching six passes for 60 yards. Hartwick also rushed 12 times for 39 yards.
Augsburg's defense tallied three sacks in the game, with Tezuka recording 1.5 sacks. Josh Collins also had a solo sack for the Auggies. The Auggie defense limited the Oles to just nine net rushing yards in the game.
Defensively, Adam Mead led the Auggies with eight tackles, including three tackles for loss.