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Big Plays Hurt Knights as Oles Get the "Goat"

October 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Football Goat Trophy 

Video recap by Satchel Kaplan-Allen '13

Photo gallery by Andrew Walters '11

Photo gallery - courtesy St. Olaf sports information

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Longtime rivals Carleton College and St. Olaf College met on the football field for the 91st time on Saturday with the Oles re-claiming the famed Goat Trophy with a 49-24 victory. This year’s game will likely be remembered for a location change, but it could be equally memorable for a flurry of second-quarter scoring that saw the teams combine for 24 points in only 32 seconds. That stretch included C.J. Dale’s (So./Fox Island, Wash./Charles Wright Academy) touchdown return of a St. Olaf onside kick.

Flood damage at Carleton’s Laird Stadium forced the team to re-locate another of this year’s home games. The Knights (2-4, 2-3 MIAC) played their Homecoming game two weeks ago at the local high school, but this contest was moved two miles to the St. Olaf campus. Yet, it still remained a Carleton home game, so the Knights wore their home uniforms, while playing their rivals on the Oles’ home field. St. Olaf meanwhile donned its road jerseys, while dressing in its home locker room.

Any confusion about the uniforms or the game’s location went out the door quickly as they teams put points on the board with each of their first seven possessions.

St. Olaf (4-2, 2-2 MIAC) marched 81 yards on eight plays for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive in a sign of things to come.

Conor Lynch (Fy./Salem, Ore./South Salem) played well after coming off the bench at Concordia last weekend and made his first collegiate start at quarterback. He was 4-for-4 on the Knights’ first possession and capped the 10-play drive with a four-yard touchdown run.

The Oles found the end zone again, this time it was a 13-yard pass from Dan Dobson to Antonio Jennings. Little did anyone in attendance know that Eric Murphy’s (Jr./Stillwater, Okla./Stillwater) 28-yard field goal would spark a scoring outburst previously unseen in the series.

Clark put the Oles up 21-10 when he returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. St. Olaf tried a surprise on-side kick, but it backfired terribly. C.J. Dale sliced through the coverage, grabbed the ball in the air, and scampered 42 yards for his second career touchdown.

In an effort to keep the ball away from Clark, the Knights elected to employ a squib kick, which gave St. Olaf the ball at its own 45-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Dobson hit Jennings for a 55-yard touchdown, capping an unbelievable half-minute of football.

Following the first punt of the day, St. Olaf looked poised to put more points on the board, but DeAngelo Williams (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./De La Salle) intercepted a Dobson pass at the goal line.

The Oles led 28-17 at the break and pulled away in the second half with touchdowns on their first three possessions. Dobson scored on a 1-yard plunge, Clark got in from 10 yards out, and Mac Webb rumbled 65 yards for the Oles’ final touchdown.

Lynch finished the day 17-of-29 for 142 yards. He also carried 11 times for 35 yards before leaving due to injury. Vaughn Schmid (Jr./Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi) took over in the fourth quarter, going 6-of-13 with an interception and a 3-yard touchdown run.

Dale led all receivers with 9 catches for 77 yards. Jon Lien (Jr./Lindstrom, Minn./Chisago Lakes) totaled 62 yards on 18 carries. Carleton enjoyed a seven-and-a-half minute advantage in time of possession but was victimized by a trio of long-range St. Olaf scoring plays

Next week, Carleton surrenders another game at Laird Stadium. The Knights will now play a road game at Macalester College. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.