Luther tops Oles 20-13
September 14, 2013
DECORAH, Iowa - Josh Vos rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 20-yard scoring run with 5:49 left as Luther College outlasted St. Olaf 20-13 in a non-conference football game on Saturday afternoon.
The loss snapped the Oles' 19-game non-conference winning streak, which dated to 2004.
St. Olaf had five turnovers in the loss, including an interception on the final drive at the Luther 6-yard line with 38 seconds left. Luther had its share of turnovers as well, as St. Olaf forced and recovered four fumbles.
Luther's third fumble of the afternoon gave St. Olaf the football at the Norse 23-yard line to set up a game-tying field goal with 12:01 left. On Luther's next drive, the Norse fumbled again, stopping a drive inside the St. Olaf 15.
But St. Olaf couldn't hold momentum. Two plays after the Luther fumble, St. Olaf gave it back on when Luther's Eric Pittman picked off Ole quarterback Nate Penz.
Penz threw for 250 yards, going 19-for-30. Stephen Asp had five catches for 76 yards, while Kevin Odom had four receptions and Jake Schmiesing three for 52 yards.
The Ole defense was paced by Erick Marigi's 10 tackles and a forced fumble. Colin Brown added 11 tackles.
St. Olaf had a first quarter to forget. The Oles fumbled twice -- the first play from scrimmage and to stop a drive inside the Norse 20-yard line -- and committed a personal foul on a 3rd and 19 later in the quarter. Luther capitalized on the first turnover with a Vos touchdown run to lead 7-0.
Momentum swung when Marigi forced and David Jean recovered a fumble with 1.7 seconds left in the first quarter to set up the Oles' game-tying scoring drive.
Penz connected on his first six passing attempts, including four on the team's first scoring drive, a 71-yard march covering seven plays. Penz hit Asp for a 29-yard strike to the Luther one-yard line, to set up JJ Strnad's TD run.
An Eric Tusa 45-yard field goal gave St. Olaf a 10-7 advantage with 4:52 left in the second.
St. Olaf had a chance to extend its lead late in the half, but a 4th-and-2 pass with 34 seconds left from the Luther 7-yard line fell incomplete to keep it 10-7 at the break.
St. Olaf will play at Concordia College-Moorhead next Saturday at 1 p.m. in the MIAC opener for each school.