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Luther remained in second place in the Iowa Conference standings after securing a 36-28 triple overtime road victory over Coe College this afternoon at Clark Field.
Trailing 14-0 entering the final quarter, Luther tied the game thanks to touchdown plunges by senior quarterback Brady Letney from two yards and one yard. Letney's first score capped off a 13-play, 66-yard drive that ate up 6:22 on the clock. On their very next possession, the Norse put together a 13-play, 78-yard scoring drive that lasted 6:14 that leveled the score 14-14.
The Norse had an opportunity to end the game in regulation, but Cory Wirth's 31-yard attempted field goal with two ticks left on the clock was blocked.
In the first overtime, Luther had the football first and scored on a 20-yard pass from Letney to Nick Slavens. Wirth's PAT was good.
Facing fourth and 13, Coe answered with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Quentin White to Mitch Stopko. The PAT sent the game into overtime number two.
Coe took a 28-21 lead when Max Ridenour found Drew Heitland on a 13-yard strike. Luther leveled the score to 28-28 when Letney scored his third touchdown of the afternoon on a one-yard plunge.
In overtime number three, Trevor Joiner caught his first collegiate touchdown pass, a 23-yard strike from Letney. By NCAA rules, each team is required to go for two after the second overtime period. Sam Houlihan found the endzone to give the Norse a 36-28 lead.
On Coe's second play of the third overtime, White connected with Tino Green for 18 yards to the Norse 10, but fumbled the football and it was recovered by Sam Scheidt that secured the victory. Luke Pulliam was credited with the forced fumble.
The win was the first for the Norse over the Kohawks since 2003, a string of 13 consecutive years. It also marked the second time this year Luther has won in overtime. Luther defeated Nebraska Wesleyan University 41-38 in front of a Homecoming crowd on Oct. 7. Head Coach Aaron Hafner also improved his record for overtime games since taking over the Norse program to 5-0.
The win gives Luther an overall record of 5-3, while Coe fell to 1-5.
Next week Luther hosts Central College. Both teams enter this game with league records of 4-2. This game will also be the fourth annual Military Appreciation Day. The Luther football team invites all veterans and current military personnel and their families to attend the game free of charge. Kick-off will take place in Carlson Stadium at 1:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586
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