On a day when five new inductees went into the school's Athletic Hall Of Fame, the Piper running game put on a All-Star show in its own right. Austin Duncan (at right breaking free for a 36 yard run -- his best of the day) ran for 147 yards and Kevin Acklerley zigged and zagged for 117 but the Pipers couldn't overcome five turnovers in a free-wheeling 48-14 loss to St. Olaf Saturday at Klas Field.
HU held a nearly 11-minute edge in time of possession and chalked up 365 yards total offense. Duncan had his best day yet, running up the best totals by a HU back in six years. He is on pace for over 900 rushing yards, which would be the best total recorded in these parts since 1996. He showed some versatility when he stole an Ackerley pass out of the hands of a St. Olaf defender for a touchdown reception in the second quarter.
The game started well with HU moving from their own 18 to the Oles 12 in a span of 10 plays. But they missed the field goal and the Oles shot back up the field to scored a TD and take the lead for good. Again, HU marched effectively but was stopped at the Ole 10 on fourth and three. The Oles led 13-0 when Duncan performed his magic to snare an Ackerley pass on a third and 13 play. The Oles scored on three on their next four possessions for a 31-7 halftime edge.
In the second half, Hamline gained a lot of yards and scored when Duncan bulled his way in the end zone on a fourth and one. But that was the only points the Pipers could muster a though Hamline rushed for a season high 294 yards. John-Michael Vandenberg led the Piper defense with 10 tackles.
Hamline (1-4 overall, 0-4 MIAC) heads north next Saturday to face Concordia. Game time is 1:00 p.m.
St. Olaf boxscore.