Northwestern Tops MLC 47-26
ST. PAUL - The MLC football team fell behind early and was unable to come back in a 47-26 loss at Northwestern Saturday.
The Knights struggled against the explosive NWC offense in the first half, allowing four touchdown passes of at least 39 yards as they fell behind 33-0 heading into halftime.
MLC started to get things going offensively in the second half, scoring twice in the third quarter on a pair of touchdown tosses from Luke Rothe to Micah Plocher and Scott Henrich, cutting the deficit to 33-12.
The Eagles were able to put the game away at the end of the third quarter, however, driving 70 yards on ten plays on the way to a touchdown that put them ahead 40-12 after three.
The Knights continued to battle in the fourth, with Josh Rathje scoring on a touchdown run and Austin Eisenman hitting Dan Rodewald on a touchdown pass, but it was too late to put a scare into the Eagles as they added one fourth quarter score to win the game 47-26.
Rothe led the offensive effort, completing 12 of 29 passing attempts for 143 yards and two scores. He also rushed 12 times for 28 yards.
Rathje led the rushing offense with 86 yards on seven carries and one score, including a 65-yard rush that set up the touchdown pass to Henrich. MLC rushed for 195 yards on the day. Plocher led the MLC receivers with seven catches for 82 yards.
Defensively, the Knights allowed 532 yards for the game, with NWC's showing a balanced attack that ran and threw for 250 yards. Conrad Dewey and Caleb Stern led MLC with nine tackles apiece.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 2-6 on the season and 0-6 in the UMAC. NWC improved to 7-1 overall and 7-0 in league play with the win.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, October 27, when it travels to MacMurray for a 1 p.m. game.