Gustavus welcomes the Pipers of Hamline University to Lloyd Hollingsworth Field for Saturday’s mid-season MIAC matchup. The Gusties enter the game with an overall record of 2-2 and a MIAC record of 1-1 after defeating Concordia 38-14 last weekend in Moorhead. Hamline enters today’s game with an overall record of 1-3 and a MIAC record of 0-2 after defeating non-conference opponent Macalester 49-30 last weekend in St. Paul.
Saturday is Hall of Fame Day at Gustavus. Nine individuals will be inducted into the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame tonight at 6:00 pm in Alumni Hall. The nine new inductees are Evie Cieslar Erdman (’73-benefactor), Duke Paluch (’84-tennis), Erik Allen (’92- basketball), Peter Anderson (’92-Golf), Leigh Stocker Berger (’92-volleyball), Angela White Vick (’92-track & Field), Heidi Rostberg Carlson (’93-tennis), Erik Hendrikson (’94-Football/hockey), and Paige Tierney Sullivan (’95-soccer).
this will be the 78th meeting between Gustavus and Hamline on the football field. The Gusties have compiled
a mark of 54-23-0 in the all-time series. Gustavus and Hamline have played two memorable games in their past
two contests. In 2008, Gustavus’s Adam Lukes scored the go-ahead touchdown on a three-yard dive with 1:02 left in the game to defeat the pipers 21-14 in St. Peter. Last season in St. Paul, Gustavus made the most of a missed Hamline field goal in double-overtime as Kendrick Hall broke free for a 25-yard td run on the first play of the
ensuing possession giving the Gusties a 30-24 victory.
Meet The Head Coaches
Gustavus Head Coach Peter Haugen is in his second season at the helm of the Gustavus football team. Haugen compiled a record of 4-6 in his first season as the head coach of the Gusties. A graduate of Bethel University, Haugen was the head coach at Washburn High School in Minneapolis prior to coming to Gustavus. Hamline head Coach Jim Good enters his fourth season at the head of the Piper football program. Coach Good is a 1994 graduate of Linfield College earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University in 1999. Prior to joining the Pipers he spent six seasons at Texas Lutheran University as the associate head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Watch and Listen
About the Game
Scouting The Gusties
The Gusties enter Saturday’s game coming off an impressive offensive display in their first road test of the season last weekend, defeating Concordia 38-14 in Moorhead, Minn. Gustavus quarterback Logan Becker had a breakout performance, going 21-for-29 through the air for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and running 14 times for 41 yards and a touchdown. The Gusties picked up 403 yards (256 pass, 147 rush) on offense while allowing 328 yards (57 rush, 271 pass) on defense.
Jeffrey Dubose carried the load in the running game, totaling 107 yards on 28 attempts and scoring two
touchdowns, one in the first quarter on a 19-yard scamper (14-7), and another in the third (28-7) on a 10-yard run. Becker did an outstanding job using all of his receiving threats as five different Gustie receivers registeredover 20 yards. Muresuk Mena led the way with eight catches for 59 yards, followed by Andre Creighton who added five catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Darin Wagner brought down four catches for 54 yards, two of which were key first down grabs in third and fourth down situations. Cody Sukalski had just one catch, resulting in a 27-yard touchdown, his first of the season. The Gustavus defense forced three fumbles and allowed just 57 yards on the ground. Leading the way were linebackers Dustin Kammerer and Zach Lundquist. Kammerer made 11 tackles, while Lundquist made seven. Tom Huepenbecker was 5-for-5 in extra points, while adding a 19 yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.
As Gustavus nears the halfway point of the season, the team will look to continually improve, feed off momentum, and stay healthy after having lost offensive starters Elliot Herdina, Lucas Armstrong, and Chris Martinez due to injury. Logan Becker will continue to share the responsibilities in the running game, averaging 43.2 yards per game this season. He is 76-for-117 for 727 yards through the air with a touchdown to interception ratio of 5-to-4. Creighton has elevated his play in the past two games, making 10 catches for a team-high 123 yards, while Dubose has carried the ball 52 times for 251 yards this season. Gustavus enters today’s game ranked seventh in the MIAC in total offense at 354.8 yards per game. The defense is currently ranked second in the MIAC in pass defense (176.5 yds/g), and third in both points allowed per game (15) and total yards allowed (308 avg.).
Scouting The Pipers
The Pipers enter today’s game looking for their first MIAC victory of the season. Hamline is 0-2 in
conference play, suffering losses to Augsburg (42-38) and Carleton (45-21) in weeks three and four. The
Pipers got their first victory of the season last Saturday by defeating Macalester 49-30 to retain ownership
of the “Old Paint Bucket.”
In their victory over Macalester, the Pipers made big plays all afternoon. Running back Zach Cornish put the Pipers on the board first with a 45-yard touchdown run (7-0), and Christian Willman returned an interception back 80 yards to the house, extending the lead to 14-0. Macalester made two field goals before Alex House caught an eight yard touchdown pass (21-6) from quarterback Adam Meyer with just :03 seconds remaining in the half. Cornish added a rushing touchdown, while Meyer threw for another as the Pipers led 35-20 after three quarters. Alex House caught his second touchdown (42-23) of the afternoon at the 5:52 mark of the fourth quarter, and Connor Sathre closed the game with a 31-yard touchdown run (49-30) at the 3:08 mark. Adam Meyer was 14-for-19 for 176 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Cornish was the leading rusher with 130 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns, while House led the team in receiving with seven grabs for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
So far this season, Meyer has thrown for 1011 yards (82-140) and carries a pass efficiency rating of 128.09 (8th in MIAC). Alex House (27-329) and Tim Queck (20-302) have combined to bring down a total of 47 receptions for 631 yards this season. Queck is averaging 100.7 yards per game, which ranks him second in the MIAC. Defensively, the Pipers are led by Justin Bain and Corey Olsen. Bain has 32 total tackles and one sack, while Olsen has 30 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Christian Willman has registered two interceptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Gustavus Game Notes
Vertical Passing Comes Alive – After a slow start to the 2010 season, the Gustavus vertical passing game came alive against Concordia on Saturday. The Gusties registered a season-high 256 yards passing, as Logan Becker went 21-for-29 for a completion percentage of 72.4. Becker’s main target all afternoon was Andre Creighton, who tallied five catches for a season-high 84 yards. Creighton also hauled in a key touchdown in the first quarter, tying the game at 7-7. Becker completed five passes that went for over 20 yards on the afternoon, one of which was a 36-yard catch-and-run by Muresuk Mena that set up a Gustavus score (21-7) just before halftime.
Capitalize In The Red-Zone – Gustavus improved on its league-low 58% (7-12) red-zone scoring percentage on Saturday, going 5-for-5 in red-zone scoring chances. the Gusties scored four touchdowns and added one field goal when the offense got inside the Concordia 20-yard-line. Gustavus is currently ranked ninth in the MIAC in red-zone scoring chances at 12-for-17 (71%) this season.
Sack Time – Gustavus’s five sack performance last weekend against Concordia is the highest single game total since Nov. 10, 2007 when the Gusties recorded seven sacks in a 37-14 win over Carleton in St. Peter. Gustavus has recorded a total of nine sacks this season, which ranks sixth in MIAC. Brandon Jonker leads the team with three, followed by Zach Lundquist with two.
Gunning For 200– Three-year starting linebackers Dustin Kammerer, Zach Lundquist, and Paul Stommes are on pace to hit the 200 career tackle mark in their senior season. Dustin Kammerer leads the group with 188 total tackles, followed by Lundquist with 175, and Stommes with 167. Kammerer is currently the leading tackler on the team with 35. Lundquist and Stommes follow with 28 and 19, respectively.
Tight End Threat – In the age of the spread offense, pass catching tight ends are hard to come by, yet Gustavus tight end Darin Wagner has been an added threat to the passing game. Last weekend against Concordia, Wagner made five catches for a season-high 54 yards. One of Wagner’s five catches was a key six-yard grab on fourth down in the first quarter, keeping alive a game-tying scoring drive (7-7). Wagner scored his first touchdown of the season on a 20 yard up-out-and-go against St. Olaf on homecoming. He has made eight catches for 112 yards
Rough Road Ahead – After today’s game, the Gustavus football team will face three of the top MIAC teams in consecutive weeks. The Gusties will go on the road for a two-game road stand to face Bethel in Arden Hills (Oct. 16) and St. John’s in Collegeville (Oct. 23). Gustavus will conclude the grueling three-game stretch with MIAC leader and No. 4 ranked St. Thomas at home on Oct. 30.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month – The Gustavus and Hamline football teams will support show their support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month today. Coaches and game staff personnel will wear pink ribbons, pins, and trimmings on the field and sidelines during the game to demonstrate their support. The two teams began generating funds and spreading awareness for breast cancer research in the greater St. Peter and Twin Cities areas in late August. Both Gustavus and Hamline urge fans to make October the month to do your part in the fight against breast cancer by helping spread the message about the importance of early detection.