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It was a shoot out in Carlson Stadium this afternoon, but unfortunately for Luther fans, the Norse came out on the short end dropping a 28-25 decision to Simpson College.
The two teams combined for 858 yards of total offense and once they reached the red zone were very efficient. The Storm tallied 405 yards, while Luther produced 453 yards, that included 205 on the ground and 248 in the air. Simpson was four of five in the red zone, while Luther was three of four.
Chris Reynolds carried the offense rushing for a game high 132 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on runs of four and 16 yards. He also threw for 231 yards and one touchdown, connecting with Matt Jaronik on a 47-yard strike that pulled the Norse to within the final tally with 4:43 left in the game.
The Norse held a 10-7 halftime lead, but Storm drives of 76, 55 and 59 yards in the second half secured the victory.
"I am very proud of how hard our players battled on the field today," commented Head Coach Mike Durnin. "They showed a lot of heart by their efforts and they never lost belief."
Luther had an opportunity to either tie or take the lead after Trent Kerrigan recovered a fumble forced by Obi Ukabiala on the Norse 27-yard line. Nine plays later, the final drive of the game stalled on the Simpson 43, two yards shy of a first down.
"I believe our defense did a nice job holding down an explosive offense," stated Durnin. "I was also very happy with how our offense responded in the fourth quarter after we fell behind by 11 points in the third."
Dan Ridenour led the squad in all-purpose yardage with 144. He had his best day returning kick-offs, racking up 80 yards, including a career long of 42.
The loss drops Luther's Iowa Conference record to 2-3, 2-5 overall. Simpson improves to 4-2 in league play, 4-4 overall.
Next week, the Norse travel to University of Dubuque for a game that will begin at 1:00 p.m. Norse fans can listen to all action via audio stream beginning at 12:45 p.m.
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