Sunday, September 12, 2004
Turnovers, penalties costly in Cougar loss at Hamline
By Brian Curtis - St. Paul, MN
The University of Minnesota-Morris had several opportunities to put points on the board last Saturday, but only crossed the goal line once in a 29-7 loss at Hamline University.
The Pipers scored first with :38 seconds left in the first quarter, but the Cougars blocked the extra point kick and Hamline had a 6-0 lead.
UMM came back to take their only lead of the game when Donnay Green (Sr. Chicago, IL) scored on a six yard run capping off a seven play, 50 yard drive. Miracle Obeta (Fr. St. Paul, MN) added the extra point kick giving the Cougars the lead at 7-6.
The Pipers took the ensuing kick off and marched 69 yards in nine plays and then added a two point conversion to take a 14-7 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Cougars were able to move the ball a couple of times deep into Hamline territory, but could not convert.
One drive ended inside the five yard line and the Pipers took the ball 97 yards for their second touchdown of the third quarter and took a 22-7 lead. That was the series that really took the wind out of the Cougars sails. Had UMM scored, at the very least they would have been down by just one.
Hamline added a fourth quarter score to make the final 29-7.
Adam Turgeon (So. S. St. Paul, MN) had three kick off returns for 85 yards, one was a 43 yard return tht he nearly broke for a score.
Hamlnie had 329 yards in total offense, to 228 for UMM. The Cougars had four turnovers in the game and six penalties.
Minnesota-Morris, now 1-1 on the season, opens up Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) play this weekend as they make the long trip to Fulton, Missouri to take on the defending UMAC conference champion, Westminster College. Kick off is at 12:00.
The Cougars are home for three straight weeks after that when they host Trinity, Blackburn and Martin Luther.