|Date:||September 12, 2015|
Luther leveled its over record to 1-1 thanks to a 34-16 non-conference victory over St. Olaf College this afternoon in the valley. The win was the third in a row, the longest win streak in this series for Luther, since the series started in 1921.
The Norse offensive unit tallied 463 yards of total offense, with 459 coming on the ground. Christian Moore led all rushers with 173 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. Moore's first rush of the afternoon, was a 64-yard scamper to the Oles endzone, on Luther's first play from scrimmage. Moore also scored on a six-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore quarterbacks Damon Stroup and Brady Letney combined for 124 yards and three touchdowns. Stroup rushed for 67 yards and scored on a 12-yard run with 5:38 left on the clock in the first quarter. Letney rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on a four-yard run in the second quarter and a 20-yard run in the fourth.
The Norse attack compiled a little over 37 minutes on the clock that included 10 minutes in both the third and fourth frames.
Defensively, Luther held St. Olaf to 290 yards of total offense. The Oles rushed for 153 yards, with the majority of this coming on the very first play from scrimmage when J. J. Strnad broke loose for a 66-yard touchdown run. Strnad finished the afternoon with 80 yards. Oles quarterback Nate Penz was sacked three times and finished the afternoon with 137 yards and one touchdown.
Gabe Saemisch led the Norse with nine tackles. He was followed by Sean Guerra and Dan Wheelock with seven each. Guerra, Joe Johnson and Ricky Humes were all credited with a sack. Humes also led the team with three pass break-ups.
Luther will wrap up its non-conference schedule next week at Grinnell College. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Coach Hafner postgame interview - https://youtu.be/X5yjbRPNKcs
Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586