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ISSUE 117 VOL 5 PUBLISHED 10/17/2003

Royals’ dominating defense overwhelms Oles

By Julie Gunderson
Sports Editor

Friday, October 17, 2003

The Ole football team lost 33-7 last Saturday in a mudfest, which saw the Oles dominate in every phase of the game besides the scoreboard. St. Olaf led the Royals in time of possession holding the ball for 38 minutes, first downs, rushes, passes/attempts, completions, and total offense.

Aaron Stinar ’04 rushed 20 times for a career high 140 yards and one touchdown. Stinar also had two receptions.

The ground game was the bright spot for the Oles as they slugged their way to 280 yards rushing. Along with Stinar’s impressive performance, first-year Bobby Andrade continued to sparkle in his rookie campaign.

Andrade returned 3 kicks for 57 yards and had a 45-yard return called back on a penalty.

As the workhorse of the offense, Andrade carried the ball 19 times for 59 yards and caught a pass for 11 yards. Andrade has 827 all-purpose yards for the season.

Quarterback Brian Senske ’04 didn’t find as much success in the rain. The Royals defense limited Senske to 4 out of 9 passing and 59 yards on the ground.

On the defensive side of the ball nose tackle Pete Zupfer ’04 turned in one his most impressive performances of his career. Zupfer had six solo tackles and one assisted.

The defense limited Bethel to 295 yards of total offense and Royal quarterback Scott Kirchoff to 36 yards.

The difference in the game came with special teams play. Key plays in the game included Andrade’s return being called back and Bethel special teams player Sam Lacy blocking his fourth punt of the season. The block gave the Royals their eigth punt block of the season breaking a school record.

Bethel improved to 6-0 for the third time in four seasons. The Oles dropped to 1-4 in the MIAC and 1-5 overall.

St. Olaf next plays Hamline Saturday night at St. Paul Central High School. The Oles last night game was Nov. 7, 2000 when they lost 23-24 to Gustavus in the Metrodome.

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