ST. PAUL, Minn. – Brandt Davis (Fy./La Verne, Calif./Bonita) hit the first two field goals of his collegiate career, including a 20-yard boot to seal the victory in overtime, and the Carleton College football team defeated Hamline, 20-17 to remain undefeated on the season. Chris Madden (Fy./Kenosha, Wis./St. Joseph) led the Knights’ offense, rushing for 43 yards and a touchdown and pulling in five receptions for 25 yards.
“We certainly had enough things not go our way. I was curious to see how we’d respond,” said Carleton head coach Bob Pagel. “As a team and a program, we always say that we are going to keep playing until the clock says 0:00. It just took a little longer tonight.
“The guys believed and kept battling and were rewarded with the win.”
This twilight showdown at Klas Field was Carleton’s (2-0, 1-0 MIAC) first night game since Oct. 23, 2010 when the Knights defeated Macalester College, 42-27.
The Pipers struck first, taking a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Austin Duncan broke free for a 59-yard rush into the red zone, setting up a 29-yard Forrest Coughlin field goal.
The lead proved to be short-lived, as the Knights marched 68 yards in just over a minute to take a 7-3 lead. Conor Lynch (Sr./Salem, Ore./South Salem) hooked up with Chase Gottschalk (Sr./Independence, Minn./Orono) for a 34-yard gain, which set up Andy Gustafson’s (So./Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Rosemount) first career touchdown two plays later on a five-yard plunge.
After a Hamline touchdown, the Knights responded, marching 44 yards to set up a 20-yard field goal by Davis.
The Pipers were threatening again late in the second quarter, but defensive back Dylan Saline (Fy./Anoka, Minn./Champlin Park) picked up his first collegiate interception to halt the Hamline drive. The teams entered intermission with the score tied, 10-10.
The Pipers reclaimed the lead early in the third quarter. The Hamline defense forced a fumble deep in Carleton territory, and Tim Bona connected with tight end Phillip Sherman for a three-yard score.
The Knights struck back in the fourth quarter. After forcing a Piper three-and-out, Carleton took over at the Hamline 41-yard line. Lynch rushed twice for 17 yards and then hit tight end Matt Mensinger (So./Hermantown, Minn./Hermantown) to move the Knights inside the ten-yard line. Madden followed that with a nine-yard scamper to the end zone, leveling the score at 17-17 with 6:19 to go.
On the following possession, Hamline engineered a six-minute, 80-yard drive and had the chance to seal the victory with a last-second field goal, but the kick sailed wide left to send the game to overtime. The Pipers were unable to score in the extra period, and Davis capitalized with his second field goal to give the Knights the victory.
Mason Schnarr (Fy./Evansville, Ind./Francis J. Reitz) figured in 17 tackles, pacing a quartet of Knights in double figures.
Carleton returns to Laird Stadium next weekend to face No. 7 Bethel University. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Live video of the game will be available on Knights Online with Gordy Kosfeld calling the action on KQCL 95.9 FM in the Northfield/Faribault area.