Andy Zweber (#47) had touchdown runs of 25 and 4 yards in Saturday's loss
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- Andy Zweber (Jr./Elko, Minn./New Prague) tallied his first career touchdown on a 25-yard scamper early in the first quarter and added another on a four-yard rush with only ten minutes remaining in the game, but this was the only scoring the Carleton College Knights could get, as they were defeated 47-14 by Saint John’s University. The Knights (2-6, 1-5 MIAC) failed to slow down the Saint John’s offense, and the Johnnies outgained Carleton by over 200 yards to seal the victory.
While Carleton controlled the tempo of the game, keeping possession of the ball for over 37 minutes compared to only 22 minutes for Saint John’s, big plays hurt the Knights and led to the Johnnies’ six touchdowns on the day.
The Knights’ rushing attack proved to be a bright spot, as Carleton picked up over 200 yards on the ground. Jon Lien (Sr./Lindstrom, Minn./Chisago Lakes) led the way, carrying the ball 19 times for 85 yards to move into fifth place on Carleton’s all-time rushing list. Zweber rushed nine times for 65 yards and the two touchdowns, and John Baker (So./Minneapolis, Minn./Breck) picked up 57 yards on 13 carries.
After forcing the Johnnies to go three-and-out on the game’s opening drive, the Knights reached the end zone on their first possession to take a 7-0 lead. Facing fourth-and-four from the Saint John's 30-yard line, quarterback Danny Shields (So./Richfield, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) tucked the ball and rushed, diving past the marker to move the chains. This impressive display of athleticism set up Zweber’s first touchdown run on the next play from scrimmage.
Saint John’s (4-4, 3-3 MIAC) responded quickly, narrowing the margin to 7-3 on their next drive with a 29-yard field goal by Jimmie Mattson. The Johnnies then scored two touchdowns in a row, the first coming on a 31-yard rush by Stephen Johnson and the other on a seven-yard quarterback-keeper by Connor Bruns. Saint John’s added three points on a 33-yard field goal by Mattson late in the second quarter to make the score 20-7 going into halftime.
The Johnnies extended to their lead in the third quarter, reaching the end zone four times on drives of 65, 70, 31, and 49 yards. All four of these touchdowns came through the air from three different Saint John’s quarterbacks.
The Knights responded in the fourth quarter, driving 68 yards to the end zone, capped off by Zweber’s second touchdown of the day. However, this was all of the scoring that Carleton would produce, as the Knights failed to convert on their final possession of the game.
The Knights return to Laird Stadium next weekend to face No. 3 St. Thomas. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:10 pm. All games this season can be heard on KQCL 95.9 FM in the Northfield/Faribault area and worldwide via Knights Online.