New Year. New look. New results. And a happy bus ride home.
The Hamline football team exploded for 27 second half points to end a 16-game losing streak and give coach John Pate his first head coaching victory with a not-as-close-as-it-sounded 37-31 win at Minn-Morris September 1.
Kevin Ackerley (pictured) made an impressive debut at quarterback, rushing for 166 yards and three TDs as HU rallied from a 14-10 halftime deficit to overrun the Cougars. Austin Duncan ripped off a 73-yard jaunt and scored twice in an 88-yard performance in his college debut. In all, the Pipers gobbled up 289 yards rushing.
With HU down 14-10 halfway through the third quarter, Ackerley took things into his own hands with a 40-yard run that was followed by a 14-yard jaunt for a TD that put Hu ahead for good. On the next Piper drive, he zipped 24 yards for a score on a third and five to make it 23-14.
The Cougars climbed within 23-17 when Ackerley took off on a 54-yard score that put the game away. Duncan's second TD of the afternoon midway through the fourth quarter made it 37-17 before UMM scored two TDs near the end of the game.
Hamline gets a week off to enjoy the win before heading into MIAC play at Carleton, September 15. The home opener is september 22 vs. Augsburg at Klas Field at 7:00 p.m.
Minn-Morris box score