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Reinhardt has big day, but comeback falls short as Knights top Oles 42-37

Mike Ludwig
October 26, 2013

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Joel Reinhardt had nine catches for 211 yards and two scores, but Carleton held off St. Olaf 42-37 for a MIAC football victory on Saturday afternoon at Manitou Field.

St. Olaf had a chance to erase the deficit in the final minute. St. Olaf stopped Carleton on a 3-and-out to take over with 1:17 left. The Oles picked up a pair of first downs to get to the Carleton 30-yard line, but the Knights sacked St. Olaf quarterback Nate Penz on second down and forced two incompletions to secure the victory.

Penz threw for 382 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He found Reinhardt on two long scores, a 54-yarder in the first quarter and a 58-yard strike in the third quarter. Jake Schmiesing caught the other TD throw, a four-yard connection on the Oles' opening drive. The score gave the Oles a 7-0 lead, as the first of three first quarter St. Olaf touchdowns.

St. Olaf led 21-7 on a Ethan Lunning 28-yard fumble recovery and return later in the quarter, but Carleton responded. The Knights had two TD catches from Anthony Kemper in the quarter, including an 84-yard sprint on the Knights' first drive.

Kemper had three touchdowns and 176 yards on 12 receptions. Carleton quarterback Connor Lynch had a big day as well, throwing for 269 yards and the three scores while rushing for 54 yards and two touchdowns.

The offenses combined for nearly 1,000 yards. St. Olaf had a season-best 536 yards on Penz' 382 passing yards and 154 on the ground. Connor McCormick had a team-best 83 yards on 18 carries. McCormick was instrumental on the fourth quarter scoring drive that got the Oles within five.

Carleton's Chris Madden rushed for 81 yards on 15 carries.

The Carleton victory snapped a three-game St. Olaf winning streak in the series and was the Knights third win in the last 17 years. St. Olaf won 11 straight from 1997-2007 and leads the all-time series 49-44-1.

Reinhardt's day was the fourth 200-yard and second-best in school history. Only Horace Gant's 222-yard day on Sept. 11, 2004 was better.

St. Olaf is off next week. The Oles return to action on Nov. 2 at Bethel before finishing the season with a home game against the University of St. Thomas.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.