Football Falls 15-8 to Northwestern
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College football team lost to the University of Northwestern 15-8 Saturday afternoon.
Nick Kressin had nine tackles, including four tackles for loss, and also forced a fumble against UNW
The Eagles scored on their first drive of the game, going 40 yards on 11 plays before Jacob Fletcher found Garrett Ostrom in the end zone for a 14-yard score to make it 7-0.
The MLC defense would stiffen the rest of the way, allowing just one more score late in the first half. The Knights employed a bend but don't break style, allowing the Eagles to accumulate 454 yards of total offense, but continually found ways to get off the field on third and fourth downs, and also created three UNW turnovers.
The Knights' offense found the end zone with 5:30 to play in the third quarter, as Luke Rothe found Micah Plocher while scrambling to his left for a 50-yard strike.
MLC's defense continued to give the team a chance late, stopping the Eagles on fourth and goal from inside the MLC one-yard line, but Rothe was called for intentional grounding in the end zone on the ensuing drive, giving UNW two points with 2:46 to play in the game.
Plocher kept the Knights' hopes alive, however, recovering an onside kick from Ben Hansen following the safety, but a Rothe interception on a 3rd down play inside UNW territory ended the comeback attempt.
Rothe finished the day 19-33 passing for 179 yards and one touchdown, but was sacked four times to hold his rushing total to just 35 yards on 17 attempts. Rothe also played a number of key snaps on defense, finishing with an interception and two tackles.
Plocher led the Knights' receivers with ten catches for 119 yards and the touchdown, giving him three straight games with a score. Booker Ruggs finished with nine carries for 24 yards, as the Eagles held MLC to 68 yards on the ground on 30 carries.
Defensively, the Knights consistently made big plays to keep the team in the game, finishing with 11 tackles for a loss in the game. Nick Kressin led the way with nine tackles, four tackles for loss, one forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. Ben Ewings added one sack and two tackles for loss, and also routinely shut down the Eagle run game to his side of the field. Ben Hansen added 1.5 tackles for loss to go with his eight tackles in the game.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 1-2 on the season and 1-1 in the UMAC, while UNW improved to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the UMAC.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, September 28, when it travels to Greenville. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.