Knights Even Record in Win over MacMurray
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College football team came from behind to defeat MacMurray 40-34 Saturday.
MLC led 20-14 heading into the half, but trailed 28-26 at the beginning of the fourth quarter before winning the final stanza 14-6 to earn the win.
The offense moved the ball on the ground throughout the game, with Booker Ruggs leading the way with 194 yards and two scores on 27 carries. Quarterback Luke Rothe also went over the century mark, finishing with 118 yards after the Highlanders began to key on Ruggs.
Rothe also added 132 yards passing in the game, completing 12 of 26 attempts. He threw one touchdown to Micah Plocher, who finished as the team's leading receiver with 59 yards on five catches, in the fourth quarter. Ruggs also had two catches for 15 yards, giving him 209 yards of total offense for the game.
Defensively, the Knights overcame a disappointing opening week with a strong performance in week two, particularly in the second half.
Colin Paustian scored on a 57-yard interception return in the third quarter, while Ben Hansen led a defensive stop that turned the Highlanders over on downs at the MLC 31-yard line with 11:18 to play in the game, setting up the Knights' second touchdown of the quarter and giving them a two-score advantage.
The Highlanders scored to cut the lead to six with 5:37 to play, but the defense made two stops in the final minutes to seal the win.
Nick Kressin led the MLC defensive effort with 18 tackles, and was helped by strong play throughout from linemen Ben Ewings (nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack) and Hansen (14 tackls, 1.0 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks). Jacob Brohn had ten tackles and three pass break-ups.
MLC evened its record at 1-1 with the win and started the conference season with a record of 1-0, while MacMurray dropped to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in league play.
The Knights will return to action on Saturday, September 21, when they host Northwestern in a game scheduled to start at 1 p.m.