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The game started well for the Pipers, as they pinned the Knights deep on a three-and-out on their opening possession. They then gained a great starting field position at the Knight’s 37-yard line on an out-of-bounds Carleton punt. Sophomore quarterback Adam Meyer (Cold Spring, Minn.) got the Derek Johnson (Sr., Casa Grande, Ariz.) into field goal range, and he made the 37-yard kick for the 3-0 lead just under five minutes into the game.
Five minutes into the second quarter, the Piper defense stopped the Knights at the three yard line, taking over on downs. However, on Hamline’s first snap, Meyer was sacked by Jens Lillehei (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) in the end zone for a Carleton safety, making the score 3-2.
Carleton received the ball back on a free kick but Vaughn Schmid (So., Mahtomedi, Minn.) was promptly picked off by Cory Olson (So., Elk River, Minn.) on his first pass attempt. Olson returned the interception 39 yards for a Piper touchdown. Johnson’s kick was good for a 10-2 lead just 11 seconds after the safety was recorded.
With 5:37 left in the half, Carleton cut the Piper lead to one point at 10-9 on a seven-yard TD pass from Schmid to Anthony Kemper (So., Prior Lake, Minn.) and Eric Murphy’s (So., Stillwater, Okla.) PAT.
As time expired in the first half, Murphy attempted a 50-yard field goal, but Dante Guther (Sr., Sacramento, Calif.) sprang forward for the block and protected the Piper lead heading into the locker room.
When the teams came back to the field in the second half, the Pipers put a pair of touchdowns and another field goal on the board in the third quarter to jump out to a 27-9 lead.
On Hamline’s first possession of the half, Meyer opened a four-play, 64-yard scoring drive with a 59-yard pass to Alex House (Jr., Champlin, Minn.). The touchdown came on a four-yard pass to Tim Queck (So., Annandale, Minn.), followed by Johnson’s PAT.
The Piper defense shined in the next Carleton possession. Andrew Schlichting (So., North Oaks, Minn.) tallied one of Hamline’s four sacks in the game for a loss of seven yards. Then Brady Lorenzen (Sr., Grand Meadow, Minn.) stopped a Knights’ rush at the line of scrimmage and followed that up with an interception at the Carleton 30-yard line.
Johnson took advantage of the turnover, making his jersey number his lucky number for the day, hitting his second 37-yard field goal of the game for the 20-9 lead.
Cody Kielsa (Fy., Buffalo, Minn.) reigned in an interception at the Piper 21 yard-line on the next Carleton drive attempt, but the Pipers were held to a three-and-out. John Broback (So., Apple Valley, Minn.) then kicked a 77-yard punt, just two yards shy of the school record, to pin the Knights at the 2-yard line.
The Knights couldn’t escape the Piper defense as they fumbled on their second play and Lucas Jones (So., Farmington, Minn.) recovered the ball on the 8-yard line for the Pipers. Connor Sathre (Jr., Maple Grove, Minn.) ran the ball in on the next snap for the touchdown. With the extra point the score was 27-9 in favor of the hosts.
Carleton’s Kemper managed another touchdown for the Knights on a 25-yard catch from Schmid. Schmid ran the ball in for the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 10 at 27-17.
The Knights attempted an on-side kick following the score, but Kevin Kramer (Fy., Eden Valley, Minn.) snagged the ball at the Carleton 38 near the Piper sideline and ran it all the way back for another Hamline touchdown. The PAT made the final score 34-17.
Johnson continued a great senior season, remaining perfect in all 23 point-after attempts after making all four today, in addition to the pair of field goals.
Meyer was 10-for-21 for 122 yards passing with a TD pass while House led the receivers with 80 yards on three catches. Broback averaged 49.8 yards on four punts in the game
Defensively, Jones and Josh Bain (Jr., Spring Valley, Minn.) led with nine tackles apiece, eight and six solo, respectively. Olsen and Guther each had three pass break-ups and an interception. Olsen added seven tackles.
Mike LaBore (Sr., South St. Paul, Minn.) led with two sacks.
Schmid had 358 yards on 28-for-49 passing but had the four interceptions. Tyler Palin (Jr., Mequon, Wis.) led the Knights with 124 receiving yards on 10 catches. Justin Rotman (So., Minnetonka, Minn.) had eight tackles (six solo).
With the conference win, the Pipers hit the road for the rest of the season with a record of 3-5, 2-5 MIAC. The Knights are now 3-5, 1-5 MIAC. Hamline travels south on Snelling to Macalester next Saturday, November 7, for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff. Carleton returns to Northfield to host Concordia that same day.