Rothe's Big Day Leads Knights over Tigers
NEW ULM, Minn. - Martin Luther College quarterback Luke Rothe accounted for seven touchdowns and 440 yards of offense in a 68-51 win over Iowa Wesleyan Saturday afternoon.
Rothe threw four touchdown passes and ran for three more in the win. He also had the second-most rushing yards in a single-game in school history, finishing with 257 yards on the ground.
He would finish the day 9-13 passing for 183 yards, and then rushed for 257 yards on 30 carries while leading the offense without committing a turnover on the day. Rothe also played defense (along with running back Matt Olson), finishing with two tackles and one pass break-up, and averaged 36.0 yards on two punts.
Rothe was far from the only offensive star on the day for the Knights, however. The team finished the game with 432 yards on the ground on 64 carries, helped by 127 yards and two scores on 19 carries from Olson. Booker Ruggs added 43 yards rushing as the outside threat, and also played a role in blocking for both Rothe and Olson on long gains that ended in MLC scores.
Micah Plocher continued his torrid start to the season, catching six passes for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns to give him at least one touchdown in all five games. Dan Rodewald and Chris Arndt also caught touchdown passes on the day.
The Knights turned the ball over on downs on the first possession of the game, and the Tigers made them pay with a 47-yard touchdown pass on their first play from scrimmage to take a 7-0 lead.
The MLC offense would take over from there, scoring touchdowns on nine of the next ten drives. The offense also helped create distance in the shootout by converting seven of eight two-point conversions in the game. Olson accounted for four of the seven conversions.
Defensively, the Knights stuffed the IWC run game, holding the Tigers to 78 yards on 28 carries. They also sacked Tiger quarterback Zandro Diaz four times. Ben Ewings finished with a pair of sacks among his six tackles, while Ben Hansen and Nick Kressin also added a sack in the game. Thomas Keller led the team with eight tackles.
MLC improved to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the UMAC with the win, while IWC dropped to 1-4 on the season and 1-3 in league play with the loss.
The Knights will return to action on Saturday, October 12, when they host Eureka for a game scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m.