Turnovers Costly in Football Loss
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC football team turned the ball over eight times in a 26-7 loss to Westminster Saturday.
The Knights turned the ball over on each of its first six possessions of the game, fumbling five times and throwing one interception.
Westminster took advantage of the miscues, scoring once on a short field and then again on a 65-yard fumble return to take a 13-0 lead.
MLC did get going late in the first half, going 90 yards on five plays before Josh Rathje hit Luke Rothe on a 35-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to 13-7 heading into the half.
Westminster scored its third touchdown after another MLC mistake when the Knights roughed the punter to give the Blue Jays the ball back, leading to a 12-play, 92-yard touchdown drive that put MLC in a 12-point hole.
The Knights were never able to get going again offensively, losing two more fumbles in the second half, while the defense started to wear down from being on the field too much as the Blue Jays tacked on one more score to put the game away early in the fourth quarter.
MLC out-rushed Westminster 143-81 in the game, led by 59 yards on 12 carries by Mark Voss. Westminster did much of its damage through the air, passing for 295 yards in 44 attempts. Rathje finished the game with 120 yards passing and one score, while Rothe and Dan Rodewald combined for six catches and 127 yards.
The MLC defense was led by Galen Holzhueter, who had ten tackles and a pass break-up. Benjamin Olson had nine tackles, while Ben Ewings had 1.5 tackles among his four tackles.
The Knights dropped to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in UMAC play, while Westminster improved to 2-1 on the season and 1-1 in league action.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, September 22, when it hosts St. Scholastica in a game scheduled to start at 1 p.m.