Hamline's defense held powerful Pacific Lutheran to just 289 yards total offense. But the Pipers could only muster 144 of its own. The result was a 27-0 loss before nearly 3,000 fans at Puyallup, wash. Saturday afternoon. Blake Cook (Jr., Fridley, Minn.) led HU in rushing with 47 yards on 13 attempts. Tim Queck (Sr., Annandale, Minn.) rushed for 24 yards, caught a pass for six yards and returned three kicks for 75, offering glimpses of the speed game new head coach John Pate hopes to employ.
Unfortunately, the Pipers passing game struggled, finishing just 5-for-18 for 47 yards.
Defensively, Josh Bain (Sr., Grand Meadow, Minn.) had a big day with eight unassisted tackles, including one for loss. Marc McDonald (Jr., Portland, Ore.) had seven tackles on the afternoon.
The Pipers fell into a quick hole, trailing 14-0 after a quarter. It was 21-0 at half time. In the second half, HU stiffened and held PLU, which lost just one game last season, to two field goals. Late in the game, the Pipers drove to the Lutes 6-yard line but Conor Sathre's (Sr., Waconia, Minn.) pass to Queck was incomplete.
Hamline returns home to open conference play next Saturday vs. Augsburg at Klas Field. Game time is 1:00 p.m.