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Luther Celebrates 100 Seasons of Football - Augie Luther

Luther Celebrates 100 Seasons of Football - Augie Luther

September 16, 2013

Augie Luther was one of the early legends of Luther football. He is also considered one of the best four-sport athletes in Luther history who was inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976.

In three years of competition, he earned three letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. Twice he was voted Luther's Most Valuable Player in football and was also an all-conference quarterback. His 102-yard touchdown run against St. Mary's (MN) set in 1933 is to this day still a school record (modern day football measures total yards from goal line to goal line). His senior year in baseball he batted .420 and in track he was part of the first place half mile relay team at the Drake Relays. After graduating he played professional baseball with the Minneapolis Millers and the American Association but arm trouble cut his professional career short.

Perhaps his most famous athletic achievement took place during the Luther - Western Union Homecoming football game played Oct. 13, 1934. Luther whipped Western Union 68-0, which stood as the greatest margin of victory in Luther history for 66 years, until Luther defeated Dubuque 74-0 in 2000.

Augie left the field after playing less than 20 minutes. During his short time on the field he scored six touchdowns and kicked five extra points for a total of 41 points. His 41-point game was not only a Iowa Conference single game scoring record, but may well have been an all-time state college mark at the time.

Augie's single game record stood on the Iowa Conference record books until 1998, when Guy Leman of Simpson College scored seven touchdowns in a 76-29 victory over Luther in Carlson Stadium.

Augie Luther
Augie Luther
Augie Luther