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Luther rolled to a 37-7 victory over Cornell College this afternoon at Ash Park. The Norse produced 439 yards of total offense and led 27-0 before the Rams found the scoreboard midway through the third quarter.
Defensively, the Norse tallied five takeaways, picking of Ram quarterback Juan Flores twice and recovering three forced fumbles, while holding the Rams to 282.
"It was a nice team victory and a credit to the continued effort and focus of the players and assistant coaches," commented Head Coach Mike Durnin. "Our defensive line did a great job of keeping Flores contained in the pocket which was instrumental to our success. With their efforts our linebackers and secondary were able to come up with the explosive plays defensively."
Senior All-America linebacker Kyle McGivney set the NCAA III record for career tackles with 535. McGivney entered the contest needing six to pass Casey McConnell, Kenyon College (2001-03,05) who held the record with 531. He finished today's game with nine and was also credited with one sack, one interception, one pass break-up and one blocked kick. His interception was the fourth of the season.
"I, and everyone associated with Kyle, are happy for and proud of his achievement this afternoon," stated Durnin. "He has definitely worked hard throughout his career and today was the result of that effort."
Defensive back Robby Jewell also picked off his fourth pass of the year and was also credited with one of Luther's three forced fumbles. Donterrious Porter and Ryan Vinzant had the other two. Trent Kerrigan has a solid afternoon matching McGivney's tackle total with nine and broke-up two passes.
Offensively, quarterback Chris Reynolds set a single game career high with four touchdown passes. Reynolds connected twice with Dalen Dirth on eight-yard strikes, a 38-yard connection to Jach Jipp, and his longest of the day, a 40-yard toss to Steven Thompson. Reynolds completed the afternoon with 235 yards while connecting with seven different receivers.
Adam Bohr had his best afternoon in a Norse uniform. Bohr carried the football 26 times for 100 yards and his first career 100-yard game. Bohr also caught a single game career high four passes for 51 yards and scored his first career touchdown, a two-yard plunge, midway through the first quarter.
"Our offense set the tone early and did an excellent job all day of creating plays and sustaining drives," stated Durnin. "One of the most important drives of the afternoon was in the third quarter after Cornell scored. Our offensive unit responded with a drive of its own and Seth Streeter converted the 22-yard field goal. Chris Reynolds played a great game and did a super job of spreading the ball to different receivers. "
Tyler Holmlund also posted a single game career afternoon with 44 yards on six rushes, that included a long of 20.
The win gives Luther an Iowa Conference record of 3-4, 3-6 overall. Cornell fell to 1-6 in league play, 3-6 overall.
"Now we need to get back to practice and have a great week of preparation and continue to improve," concluded Durnin.
Luther will wrap up the 2011 campaign at home next week when it will host Wartburg College. The game will begin at Noon and will be video streamed.
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