Box Score

Football erases deficit, defeats Luther 28-23 to open 2012

Mike Ludwig
September 1, 2012

DECORAH, Iowa - St. Olaf scored 21 straight points to erase a 10-point second half deficit and defeat Luther College 28-23 on Saturday afternoon in a season-opening football victory.

The Oles trailed 17-7 before a pair of Dan Dobson touchdown passes gave St. Olaf a 21-17 lead. Moments later, Michael Thai scored on a 30-yard run for a 28-17 advantage.

Luther responded with a three-play, 80-yard drive to cut the St. Olaf lead to five with 1:41 remaining. The Norse then recovered the ensuing onside kick. Luther ran three plays before the Oles' Collin Brown picked up a sack on fourth-and-one to end the Luther drive and seal the win.

Dobson was 17-for-30 for 241 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He found Stephen Asp twice for scores, a 24-yard strike in the first quarter and a 19-yard score with 12:01 left in the final quarter to cut the Luther lead to 17-14.

Later in the quarter he found Asp for a 49-yard gain to set up a first-and-goal from the Luther 8-yard line. He then found J.J. Strnad for an 8-yard TD connection to make it 21-17.

Thai rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries. He had back-to-back nine-yard gains on the Oles' go-ahead drive.

Ben Dobson led the St. Olaf defense with a pair of interceptions and 15 tackles, six solo and nine assisted. Brown finished with 15 tackles as well, including two for a loss.

The victory is the Oles' 18th straight in non-conference play, including nine against Luther, dating to 2004. St. Olaf plays at DePauw University next Saturday.

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