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Football vs. Saint John's University

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Laird Stadium

Knights drop rain-soaked Homecoming game to No. 8 Saint John’s

By Ryan Casperson '18
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Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

Photo gallery by Geoffrey Mo ’19

NORTHFIELD. Minn. -- The Carleton College football team hosted No. 8-ranked Saint John’s University for Homecoming on a rainy afternoon. The Knights kept the game close early, but the Johnnies were eventually able to pull away for a 35-0 result.

Overall, the Carleton defense held Saint John’s to 327 yards of total offense, the Johnnies’ second-lowest figure of the season.

Saint John’s (6-1, 4-1 MIAC) opened the game by fumbling on its first three plays from scrimmage—part of an eight-fumble day for the visitors—but somehow managed put together a 65-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 35-yard touchdown run by Dusty Kreuger.

After the Knights’ first possession stalled, Carleton (0-7, 0-5 MIAC) recovered a fumbled punt in Johnnies territory, but the hosts could not take advantage of the extra possession and turned the ball over on downs. The opening quarter ended with the Knights trailing only 7-0.

Early in the second quarter, a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown allowed Saint John’s (6-1, 4-1 MIAC) to double its lead. Another Carleton turnover led to the third Johnnies’ touchdown shortly before halftime, giving the visitors a 21-0 lead at the break.

The second half looked very similar to the first half with both teams relying on their running games due to the rain. The Johnnies tacked on two touchdowns in the third quarter, though the latter of those scores was not without controversy as replays appeared to show Saint John’s tight end Ben Bartch lost the ball before crossing the goal line.

Defensively, the Knights were led by Jay Na (So./San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) with eight tackles and a pass breakup. Jacob Heath (Jr./Oshkosh, Wis./Oshkosh West) added six tackles, two of which were for a loss, and 1.5 sacks. Kwaku Bodom (Jr./Brooklyn Park, Minn./Breck) also had seven stops and a sack.

The Knights are back in action next weekend as they travel to the other side of Northfield to battle St. Olaf College for the Goat Trophy. Kickoff for that game is slated for 1:00 p.m. Knights Online will feature live audio, which can also be heard on Power 96 (KQCL 95.9 FM) in the Northfield/Faribault area.