Connor Sathre showed what he can do when he can stay healthy for an entire game. Josh Bain picked up where he left off last week. Despite their heroics, however, Hamline dropped their MIAC conference opener to Augsburg, 28-20 before 2,218 fans at Klas Field.
Sathre (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.), who missed nearly half of last week's game at Pacific Lutheran with an injury passed for two scores and ran for a third. Bain (Sr., Grand Meadow, Minn.) was all over the field, making 16 tackles, including seven solos. He also forced a fumble. the 16 tackles are the most by a Piper in recent memory.
The Pipers gave the Alumni Day crowd something to cheer about early when they scored on their first two possessions. Each time, Sathre connected with Terry Schwartz (Sr., Saint Paul, Minn.) for TDs of 38 and 18 yards. The defense was stout early as well and HU went into the locker room with a 14-13 advantage. The Auggies, who scored 34 points in their season opener, scored twice more in the second half for a 28-13 lead. But Sathre brought hopes up again when he ran in a seven-yard TD to cap a 60-yard, 12 play drive with 1:50 left. Unfortunately, the Auggies were able to convert a fourth and two in the final minute of play and ran out the clock for the win.
Sathre finished with 24 carries for 71 yards. Tim Queck (Sr., Annandale, Minn.) added 35 yards rushing and also caught three passes for 46 yards. HU's offense showed considerable improvement from the 27-0 loss in the opener last week at Pacific Lutheran. Augsburg held a slight 311-276 edge in total yardage for the game.
On defense, John-Michael Vandenburg (Jr., Bothell, Wash.) supported Bain's big day with nine tackles, an interception and a pass breakup.
Hamline now heads on the road the next two weeks. They play at Carleton next Saturday and visit Macalester on October 1 in a non-conference game before returning to Klas to host Gustavus Adolphus Oct. 8. All three games begin at 1:00 p.m.