NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Jon Lien (Sr./Lindstrom, Minn./Chisago Lakes) moved ahead of R.J. Jackson and into fourth place on Carleton College’s all-time rushing list, but the Carleton College Knights (2-7, 1-6 MIAC) couldn’t get their offense rolling, as they fell to No. 3 University of St. Thomas by a score of 56-0.
Bolstered by a strong rushing attack, the Tommies (10-0, 8-0 MIAC) outgained the Knights 537–85 overall, with 386 of the St. Thomas yards coming on the ground. Colin Tobin ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Aaron Terrel-Bird came off the bench to rush 18 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Six of the eight Tommie scores came on the ground.
The Tommies relied on trickery to score early, as holder Ricky Margarit rushed six yards to the end zone after a fake field goal early in the first quarter. St. Thomas opened up its playbook today, adding a halfback pass, botched onside kick, and an apparent fake punt halted by a Carleton penalty.
St. Thomas scored five more times in the first half, once through the air, once on a 51-yard punt return by Fritz Waldvogel, and three times on the ground.
Lien tied Jackson’s rushing total on a four-yard run midway through the first quarter, and took over sole possession of fourth with a carry on the next play. Lien now has 2,340 career rushing yards and needs only 16 more to tie Al Schmucker for the third best total of all time.
After halftime, the Knights’ defense held St. Thomas to only two additional scores, but the offense still couldn’t put together any significant drives and failed to reach the end zone.
About the only thing the Tommies didn’t do well was hold onto the football, fumbling three times and committing 14 penalties. Mark Skoglund (Sr./Murdock, Minn./Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg), Zach Heinrich (Fy./Champlin, Minn./Champlin Park), and Tyler Richards (Sr./Appleton, Wis./Appleton North) were credited with the forced fumbles. Skoglund added 10 tackles on the day to move his team-best total to 80 stops.
The Knights wrap up their season next weekend with a matchup against Gustavus Adolphus College at Laird Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm. All games this season can be heard on KQCL 95.9 FM in the Northfield/Faribault area and worldwide via Knights Online.