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ISSUE 120 VOL 7 PUBLISHED 11/10/2006

Football makes statement: Endsley leads Oles to convincing win over Carleton

By Matthew Stortz
Staff Writer

Friday, November 10, 2006

The St. Olaf College football team defeated the Carleton Knights 48-15 last Saturday, garnering local bragging rights for the 10th consecutive season.

The Oles drew first blood when quarterback Matt Penz ’'08 scored his first rushing touchdown of the season with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. Defensive tackle Nick Tolen ’'10 added two points on a quarterback sack seconds later. Penz then connected with Andrew Schmiesing ’'08 early in the second quarter, giving the Oles a 15-0 advantage after a missed point attempt. Carleton put their first points on the board with a touchdown pass, but the Oles responded with a Paul Fortman ’'08 field goal and a Ben Roff ’'08 rushing touchdown, taking a 25-7 advantage to halftime.

Evan Endsley ’'09 added a touchdown in the third quarter, and Fortman made another field goal to extend the Ole lead. Carleton would score another touchdown and convert a two-point attempt, but it was too little too late: Horace Gant ’'08 and John Haberman ’'10 scored touchdowns to give the Oles an untouchable 48-15 lead.

Offensively, the Oles played one of their strongest games of the season, collecting 547 total yards. Haberman led a St. Olaf rushing attack that garnered a season high 275 yards, carrying the ball just eight times for 96 yards and one touchdown. Endsley neared the century mark as well with 92 yards on 11 carries. Backs Bobby Andrade ’'07 and Roff pounded out tough yards on the ground, garnering 43 and 19 yards, respectively.

Penz completed 16 of his 31 pass attempts for 272 yards and three touchdowns. Endsley was his favorite target, catching five passes for 100 yards and one touchdown. Schmiesing caught three passes for 61 yards and a touchdown, while Preston St. John ’'08 and Roff each caught two balls for 38 and 14 yards, respectively.

One concern the Ole defense faced going into Saturday’s game was how to contain Carleton’s running game and running back R.J. Jackson. The much-hyped Jackson, a preseason all-American, even taunted the Ole defense on Facebook.

“"Y'all ... ain't stop me and y'all never will cuz y'all ... sorry in my eyes. With love from your boy #25."”

While clearly able to run his mouth, Jackson had a difficult time running the ball. The Ole defense made an on-field statement, limiting Jackson to -2 yards on the game, and limiting the Carleton rushing attack to -36 yards.

The one-dimensional Knights attempted 64 passes on the game, competing just 29 of them.

Several members of the Ole defense played well, including Nick Rydberg ’'08, who posted five tackles, including three quarterback sacks, and intercepted one pass. Chris Feehan '’07 earned five tackles, forced a fumble and broke up two passes. Eight Oles earned a share of 11 quarterback sacks, including Rydberg with three, and Steven Wood ’'07 and Tolen, who earned two sacks each.

Defensive back Deontae Hutchins ’'08 credited both offense and defense for jobs well done.

“"The offense did their thing, as they always do,”" Hutchins said. “"And the defense excelled. We came ready to play.”"

With just one game left in the season, Penz is closing in on St. Olaf’s single season record for passing yards. The record is currently 2,591 yards, set by Ole great Jason Wilsey '’06 last season. With 2,450 passing yards already this season, Penz is just 141 yards shy of Wilsey’s record, and is on pace to throw for 2,722 yards this season.

St. Olaf will play St. Thomas this Saturday at 1 p.m. in St. Paul.

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