Hamline's football team struggled on offense all day Saturday, dropping a 40-0 decision to a homestanding St. Olaf team that has its sights set on the post-season. Connor Sathre (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) passed for 78 yards but, with back Tim Queck (Sr., Annandale, Minn.) out with an injury, the Pipers (0-8, 0-6 MIAC) could only rush for 46 total. As a team, HU gained 124 yards but ended up surrendering 456 to the Oles, who are 7-1, 5-1 in the MIAC and are rated 19th nationally.
The Piper defense held firm in the first half, trailing 17-0 at halftime. HU forced three punts, intercepted a pass and stopped a drive at their 15 in the half. The interception was by Josh Bain (Sr., Grand Meadow, Minn.), the Campbell Trophy semifinalist who was playing his first game since an injury in the third game of the season. But they couldn't hang onto the ball in the second half, gaining just three first downs.
For the game, St. Olaf held a huge 37:32-22:59 edge in time of possession. Eric Klaers (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) and John-Michael Vandenberg (Jr., Bothel, Wash.) had nine tackles apiece. Klaers had eight solos. Vandenberg and Marc McDonald (Jr., Portland, Ore.) had seven each. Alex Ferguson (Jr., Kent, Wash.) had his best day of the year punting, averaging nearly 40 yards a kick in 10 attempts.
Hamline is on the road again next week, traveling to Arden Hills to face Bethel. They finish the season Nov. 12 at Klas Field against St. John's.