The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) has announced that Luther senior Cory Wirth has been named the league's Special Teams Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Oct. 8.
Wirth, who does both the kicking and punting duties for the Norse, was a perfect 5-for-5 in PATs, and made a 25-yard field goal in overtime, to help lead the Norse to a 41-38 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Trailing 38-21 entering the fourth quarter, Luther scored 20 unanswered points to claim the victory. The Norse scored on a 16-yard run by Travis Vargas, a 38-yard field goal by Wirth, and a 58-yard scamper by fullback Yassine Ouazzani that sent the game in to overtime.
Wirth's four punts averaged 43.2 yards with a long of 54. Two were inside the 20-yard line. He also was credited with seven kickoffs that had an average of 59 yards and one touchback.
Luther (3-0) is off to its best start in Iowa Conference play since 1990. The Norse are 4-1 overall, their best start since 2014, Head Coach Aaron Hafner's second year at the helm.