Playing just the second night game in Klas Field history, Hamline's football team started fast but Augsburg QB Ayrton Scott was too much to handle in what turned out to be a 48-24 defeat. The Pipers brought the near-capacity crowd of 1,925 to its feet by jumping to a 10-7 first quarter lead. On the first play from scrimmage, the HU defense forced a fumble and Derek Wilson recovered at the Auggie 27.
Four plays later, Austin Duncan danced into the end zone from four yards out for a 7-0 lead.
The visitors evened matters but John Broback's 34 yard field goal to cap a 60-yard, 14 play drive put Hamline ahead 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.
But Scott, a nifty quarterback, went to work and engineered four scoring drives to send Hamline into the locker room facing a 34-10 deficit.
The team traded third quarter scores with Ryan Ferkinhoff (at right), who led HU rushers with 77 yards, going in from seven yards out late in the quarter. Auggies scored early in the fourth quarter but the Pipers got that one back when Joel Riordan, playing i nhis first game, made a remarkable catch in the corner of the end zone. QB Zach Brautigam's pass looked as it was going to be intercepted when Riordan reached over the hands of the Augsburg defender and grabbed the ball, falling into the end zone at the same time.
Hamline gained 274 yards on the night but surrendered 409. Scott had a memorable night, rushing for three scores and passing for four more. One person he won't forget soon, though -- John-Michael Vandenberg, who ended the game with 17 tackles (nine solo, eight assisted).
The Pipers (1-2 overall, 0-2 MIAC) play at Gustavus Adolphus next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.