ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Carleton College football team trailed Augsburg by 21 in the third quarter, and still by 17 with just 7:30 to play, but the Knights pulled off the biggest Carleton comeback in at least 17 years by rallying for an amazing 49-45 victory. Star receiver Anthony Kemper (Sr./Prior Lake, Minn.) led the way with more than 100 yards, countless big plays down the stretch, and the game-winning touchdown. For his role in the historic win, Kemper was named the final MIAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week for the 2013 season.
Kemper's final numbers of seven catches for 131 yards and a touchdown were certainly impressive, but it was the manner in which he achieved those numbers that was truly special in his final career game. Kemper's 51-yard catch set up a Carleton score in the third quarter, and he drew a pass interference in the end zone to set up another. His 23-yard catch put Carleton on the doorstep to close the gap to 45-42. Then, on fourth-and-six with the game on the line, Kemper hauled in a pass, split the defense and raced 33 yards to the end zone for the game-winning score.
Kemper finished his remarkable senior season ranked second in the MIAC in receiving touchdowns (nine), third in receiving yards (982) and yards per game (98.2), fourth in receptions (61) and fifth in yards per catch (16.1). He ended his Carleton career with 125 receptions for 1,924 yards and 22 touchdowns, which all rank in the top six in Knights' history. He helped Carleton finish .500 with a 5-5 overall record, and the Knights tied Augsburg for sixth place in the conference standings at 3-5 in the MIAC.