Pipers hold off Oles, 31-28
October 12, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Hamline held off St. Olaf 31-28 on Saturday afternoon at Manitou Field in a MIAC football game behind quarterback Tim Bona, who threw for 215 yards and rushed for 96.
St. Olaf, down 31-21 inside the final minute, got within three on a hook-and-ladder connection from Nate Penz to Jake Schmiesing, who lateraled to Kevin Odom for a touchdown with 41 seconds left.
Hamline recovered the ensuing onside kick to secure its first conference win in since 2009. The Piper win also snapped the Oles' 14-game winning streak in the series between the schools.
St. Olaf (1-5, 0-4 MIAC) jumped to a 13-0 lead in the first three-plus minutes. The Oles took their first drive 66 yards in six plays, capped by a 12-yard Connor McCormick touchdown run, to lead 7-0. On the ensuing Hamline possession, St. Olaf defensive back Cam Smith intercepted a tipped pass and raced 37 yards to the end zone to make it 13-0 with 11:46 left.
The Pipers countered with a pair of scoring drives later in the quarter and led 14-13 after a quarter. The teams traded scores in the second quarter as it was 21-21 at the break.
Bona was 14-for-25 with two touchdowns. St. Olaf quarterback Nate Penz was 13-of-25 for 208 yards and a score. Each quarterback was intercepted twice.
St. Olaf is 0-3 in one possession games this fall. In the last two seasons, the Oles were 9-1 in such games. St. Olaf plays at Augsburg College next Saturday at 1 p.m.