MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Carleton College football team failed to keep pace with Augsburg College on Saturday and dropped its season finale at the Metrodome by a final score of 49-24. The Knights (3-7, 1-7 MIAC) fell behind early, allowing the Auggies (7-3, 5-3 MIAC) to build a 35-3 lead by intermission, and couldn’t muster enough scoring in the second half to overcome the deficit.
This game marked the end of the collegiate careers for the 14 Carleton seniors. In their last contest donning the maize and blue, the class of 2013 contributed many key plays and figured in all three of the Knights’ touchdowns.
Quarterback Mike Hartwell (Sr./Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North) accounted for two scores, one through the air and the other on the ground. He finished the day with 265 total yards, 193 passing and 72 rushing. Classmate Andy Zweber (Elko, Minn./New Prague) tallied his team-leading ninth rushing touchdown of the year on a four-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, seniors Paul Hoffer (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) and Keenan Hartert (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) came up big in their final collegiate contest. Hoffer picked off an Ayrton Scott pass late in the second quarter, his third interception of the year, and Hartert recovered a fumble to halt a promising Augsburg drive.
The Auggies struck early, building a 14-0 less than seven minutes into the contest on touchdown runs of 26 and 12 yards by Scott.
A 22-yard field goal by Kyle Kasten (So./Nairobi, Kenya/International School) late in the first period put the Knights on the board at 14-3, but Augsburg responded with three straight scores before halftime. After a one-yard touchdown rush by Jerise Washington, the Auggies reached into their bag of tricks, as tight end Adam Carl took an end-around handoff and completed a 50-yard touchdown strike to Wesley Waytashek. A one-yard scamper by Scott put Augsburg ahead 35-3 at the break.
After an interception early in the second half set the Auggies up in Carleton territory, Scott connected with Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane for a 10-yard touchdown to extend their lead.
The Knights responded on their next possession when Hartwell hit Brian Frett (Jr./Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) for a 15-yard score. However, Scott added another touchdown run on the Auggies’ next possession, scampering 32-yards to the end zone, and the teams entered the final period with Augsburg leading 49-10.
Carleton added two scores late in the contest, one on an 18-yard dash by Hartwell and the other on Zweber’s four-yard rush, but this proved to be too little, too late.
The Knights finish the 2012 season with a 3-7 record overall and a 1-7 record in MIAC play. The Knights will open next season at Laird Stadium against Grinnell College on September 6, 2013.