Hamline 21, St. Thomas 24
In 2008, despite a gutsy 69-yard touchdown reception by Sean Lewis and a late-game on-side kick attempt, the Pipers fell at St. Thomas, 24-21.
Just over five minutes into the game, the host Tommies jumped on the scoreboard first with an 18-yard rushing touchdown by Fritz Waldvogel. Eric Taylor's point-after kick was good, giving St. Thomas a 7-0 lead with 9:35 to play in the first quarter.
On the Pipers' next possession, senior quarterback James Leary began the quick march back down the field with an 11-yard pass to Anthony Iten that brought the ball out to the Pipers' 29-yard line.
A two-yard run then led to the 69-yard touchdown pass from Leary to Lewis, who powered through a tackle attempt near the six-yard line for the score.
Derek Johnson's kick was good, setting the score at 7-7.
Following a fumble recovery by Mike LaBore at the St. Thomas 21-yard line, the Pipers took their first, and only, lead of the game halfway through the second quarter. On the second snap after the Pipers regained possession, a six-yard touchdown pass from Leary to Tim Queck and a successful kick attempt by Johnson gave Hamline a 14-7 lead.
On their next possession, St. Thomas killed off nearly seven minutes of clock time and evened the score on a 15-play, 65-yard drive that ended in a two-yard rushing touchdown by Ben Wartman, followed by another successful kick by Taylor.
After a scoreless third quarter, St. Thomas ended the deadlock less than a minute into the fourth, finishing off their possession begun in the prior quarter. Taylor's second field goal attempt of the day was successful from 35-yards out, giving St. Thomas a 17-14 edge.
St. Thomas built on that lead with a one-yard rushing touchdown as quarterback David Sauer held onto the ball for the score. With a successful kick by Taylor, the Tommie lead increased to 24-14.
On Hamline's last scoring drive of the game just seconds before the two-minute warning Leary scored his third one-yard rushing touchdown in two games. Johnson's kick attempt was good, bringing the score to 24-21 in favor of the Tommies, and putting the Pipers within field goal range with 20 seconds remaining on the clock.
On their last kick-off, Johnson and Pipers attempted an on-sides kick that just bounced outside the reach of Hamline, and was recovered by St. Thomas on the 50-yard line. With 17 seconds on the clock, the Tommies took a knee to run off the remaining time and leave the field with the 24-21 victory.
Lewis pulled in six catches for 138 yards receiving to lead the Piper offense.
St. Thomas threw for 148 yards while Wartman ran for 140 yards.
Hamline's defense was led by seven tackles each from LaBore(five solo, two assists) and Peter Usset (four solo, three assists). Tony Danna had six tackles (four solo, two assists) to lead St. Thomas' defense.
Projected depth chart for Hamline University
To see video of Coach Good discussing what he expects to see against St. Thomas, click here.
Key Players to watch:
QB Adam Meyer - The sophomore has made his mark in his first two games at quarterback for the Pipers. He has thrown for 443 yards and four touchdowns on 42-for-62 passing to start the season. Hamline has averaged 387.5 yards of offense in their first two games, with 236.0 yards/game coming in the air. Meyer's receivers are averaging 10.5 yards per catch this season.
OLB Josh Bain - The junior continues to lead the Piper defense after recording ten tackles (seven solo, three assists) last weekend.
OLB Mike LaBore - The senior leads the Pipers in sacks (2.0-15) on a deep defensive line that is sharing the hard-hitting responsibilities.
RB Blake Cook - The sophomore is averaging 41.5 rushing yards per game and had a key 14-yard run in the drive that allowed Hamline to tie the Gusties at the end of regulation last week.
RB Sean Traynor - The sophomore has tallied 190 yards (95.0/game) and a pair of touchdowns this season, including a 63-yard TD run last week against Gustavus Adolphus. He is averaging 10 yards per carry.
WR Alex House - The junior has been Meyer's main target, tallying 147 yards (73.5/game). Also seeing time on special teams as a kick- and punt-returner, he is averaging 101.5 all purpose yards per game.
WR Tim Queck - The sophomore has tallied 63 yards on kick returns and is averaging 74.5 all purpose yards per game. His 32-yard kickoff return in the third quarter of the Gustavus game started a 58-yard drive that ended in a touchdown. He also had a 14-yard reception in that drive.
The Pipers staged a late-game comeback to send their MIAC opener with Gustavus Adolphus into double overtime, but couldn’t put points on the board in their second OT possession, falling 30-24 at home.
Gustavus opened up a 14-0 lead early on a 39-yard touchdown reception and a blocked punt recovered in the end zone.
The Pipers wasted little time responding. Hamline started their next drive on their own 37-yard line after the Gustie kickoff. They then needed just one snap to cut the Gustavus lead in half. Sean Traynor cut straight up the center of the field for a 63-yard run, pulling away from a pair of Gustavus defenders 25-yards from the score. Derek Johnson’s point-after attempt was successful as the score was cut to 14-7 just 16 seconds after the previous change on the scoreboard.
Gustavus widened their lead again on a 42-yard field goal at 12:30 in the third.
On the ensuing kickoff, Tim Queck returned the kick 32 yards to start a 58-yard scoring drive on the Pipers’ own 42. Adam Meyer then drove down the field, connecting with Queck on a 14-yard reception and with Alex House for an additional 13 yards. Traynor carried the ball in on a three-yard run to cut the Piper deficit to three, 17-14.
With three minutes to play in regulation, Gustavus was approaching the red zone when Piper corner back Dante Guther intercepted the Gusties on the goal line. The Pipers began their possession on their own 1-yard line and marched back down the field.
Johnson tied the game with 1:50 on the clock with a 30-yard field goal that ultimately sent the two teams in to overtime.
Hamline won the toss at the start of overtime and deferred, giving Gustavus the ball first. On their first OT attempt from the 25-yard line, Gustavus scored on a five-yard TD pass to put the Gusties up 24-17.
On their responding possession, the Pipers faced fourth and five from the 20-yard line when Meyer lofted a 15-yard pass attempt to Lewis on the near sideline. The pass was incomplete, but a Gustavus defender was called for pass interference and the Pipers found new life at first and goal from the five-yard line.
At third and goal, Meyer completed a pass to House on the sideline, who stretched over the goal line for the touchdown. Johnson’s kick was successful, tying the game at 24-24 and sending the teams into double overtime.
As the possession order switched, Hamline remained on offense. After the team failed to gain much ground on a couple of short runs and an incomplete pass, Johnson attempted a 39-yard field goal that went wide left.
Gustavus needed just one more play to end the game as a 25-yard TD run was the winning score.
Projected depth chart for the University of St. Thomas Tommies
Key Players to watch:
RB Ben Wartman - The junior earned MIAC offensive player of the week honors on Monday after scoring three touchdowns and tallying 210 yards of total offense for the Tommies against St. Olaf. He is averaging 146.5 yards/game on the ground and has caught three passes for an average of 13.7 yards/reception.
WR Fritz Waldvogel - The sophomore receiver is also key to St. Thomas' special teams, having returned three punts for TDs against Macalester over the opening weekend of play. He pulled in 11 catches for 127 yards receiving last week.
OL: Center Josh Ostrue, guards Jon Curtis and Ben Katzner, and tackles Justyn Helgeson and Chad VanderGriff: The Tommie offensive line was named to the D3football.com team of the week a few days ago. The line has helped the Tommies average 421 yards of offense and gain 20 first downs in their 2-0 start. The line has allowed just one sack this season.
Last Week -
St. Thomas, then ranked #18, posted a 27-16 comeback win at home over St. Olaf in MIAC play last Saturday.
The Tommies completed touchdown drives of 73, 80, 80 and 67 yards on the day.
Wartman rushed 24 times for 176 yards and caught two passes for 34 yards. Fritz Waldvogel had 11 catches for 127 yards.
UST took a 7-0 lead on a 10-play, 73-yard scoring drive on its second possession as Joe Herrera caught a seven-yard TD pass from sophomore QB Greg Morse.
St. Olaf trailed 7-6 late in the first half and faced a 42-yard field-goal try. But the Oles' holder took the snap and scooted around the left end untouched into the end zone. With the kick the Oles took a 13-7 halftime lead.
The Oles were whistled for pass interference near the goal line on a 3rd-and-8 play in the third quarter. Two plays later, Wartman's nine-yard run capped an 80-yard scoring march. Brady Beeson's second PAT kick of the day put the Toms back in front 14-13.
The Oles answered with a 37-yard field goal late in the third quarter for a 16-14 lead.
Wartman's pulled in a 27-yard TD reception to erase the last St. Olaf lead and put St. Thomas ahead 20-16. That capped a 14-play 80-yard drive.
Wartman later ran 59 yards for an additional insurance touchdown. St. Olaf drove inside the Tommie 30-yard line but came up one yard short of a first down of fourth down with less than 90 seconds to go.
UST's defense was led by Willy Baregi's three tackles for loss (two sacks) and eight total tackles, and eight tackles each by Jeffrey Hilliard and Wyatt Delgado.