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Result: L 26-29

Football at St. Olaf College

Saturday, October 21st, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Manitou Field

Knights' bid for Goat Trophy knocked aside at St. Olaf

Emanual Williams
Emanual Williams
Photo: Nathan Klok

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- With the Goat Trophy up for grabs, the Carleton College football team found itself in another tight back-and-forth battle with cross-town foe St. Olaf College. The Knights absorbed a heart-breaking 29-26 setback when a potential game-winning touchdown pass was knocked away with only 25 seconds remaining in the game. This was the sixth straight year that the rivalry game was decided by seven points or less.

Emanual Williams (So./Lovelady, Texas/Lovelady) turned in a stellar performance to spark the Knights’ offense, carrying the ball 22 times for a career-best 169 yards and two touchdowns. That was part of a season-best 238 rushing yards for Carleton (0-8, 0-6 MIAC), the most by the Knights since Sept. 15, 2015. Christian Zaytoun (Jr./Raleigh, N.C./Woodberry Forest) passed for 253 yards, his second-best mark of the campaign. All-told, Carleton amassed 491 yards of total offense.

Midway through the opening quarter, the Knights put together a six-play, 90-yard drive. That possession began with Williams’ 49-yard romp up the middle of the St. Olaf defense and was capped by Zaytoun’s 18-yard connection with Fletcher Metz (So./Oconomowoc, Wis./Catholic Memorial).

The Carleton defense then stood tall and came up with a big stop. St. Olaf (4-3, 3-2 MIAC) had the ball first-and-goal on the six-yard line but the Knights forced an incomplete pass and a trio of running plays netted the Oles no yard and no points.

Carleton carried a 7-0 lead into the second quarter, but St. Olaf (4-3, 3-2 MIAC) countered with back-to-back touchdown drives. The Knights responded immediately with a 75-yard scoring drive capped off by Zaytoun sneaking in less than a yard out with only three seconds remaining in the first half.

Carleton opened the third quarter with another sustained drive, including Williams’ 13-yard touchdown run that gave the visitors a 20-14 advantage. Later in the period, the Oles’ Khayleb Willis scampered 67 yards to the endzone, and St. Olaf was back in front, 21-20.

The Knights looked to answer right away and marched 63 yards in eight plays to find the endzone for the fourth time, this one a three-yard plunge for Williams. The drive was kept alive by a 15-yard completion from Zaytoun to Metz on 4th-and-6 from the 20-yard line. Carleton’s two-point conversion attempt failed, but the Knights still held a 26-21 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Early in the final period, the Oles’ Gonzalo Pirela somehow hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass between two Carleton defenders. St. Olaf added a two-point conversion and now led, 29-26.

Carleton marched to the Ole’ 15-yard line before turning the ball over on downs, but the defense came up with a stop to get the Knights one more possession.

Facing 3rd-and-10 from the Carleton 23-yard line, Zaytoun found Dylan Rye (Jr./Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) deep over the middle for a 41-yard gain. A 17-yard pass to Metz on the next play brought the Knights back into the red zone. Later Facing fourth down and not wanting to attempt a field goal in windy conditions, Carleton went to the air once more.

Zaytoun appeared likely to be sacked but somehow avoided the pass rush and while under duress sought to connect with Mark Leedy (Jr./Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) in the endzone. That pass was knocked away by Max Karpinske, allowing the Oles to escape with the victory and they maintained possession of the Goat Trophy.

Metz concluded the day with seven receptions for 101 yards and the touchdown. Rye had five catches for a career-best 79 yards.

Kwaku Bodom (Jr./Brooklyn Park, Minn./Breck), Spencer Francis (Jr./Hartland, Wis./Brookfield Academy), Jay Na (So./San Francisco, Calif./Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep) led the Carleton defense as each registered at least five stops, including a tackle for loss.

Carleton will look to regroup and get ready for Senior Day as the Knights host No. 21-ranked Concordia College on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. Knights Online will have a live video webcast, while the game can also be heard on Power 96 (KQCL 95.9 FM) in the Northfield/Faribault-area.

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