Loras falls to Knights, 28-9
Sat, Sep. 26, 2009 - [Football]
The Loras College football team lost to the Wartburg Knights on Saturday in the Rock Bowl 28-9. The Duhawks scored on their opening drive, but managed only six more points on a defensive touchdown to finish their scoring. The Knights scored twice on offense, once on special teams, and once on defense on their way to the victory.

The Homecoming 2009 festivities continued in the Rock Bowl early on in the game after Wartburg went three-and-out with the opening possession. Taylor Buhmeyer punched through the game's opening score on a 39 yard field goal, capping a solid 10-play drive.

That lead was the only one of the game for the Duhawks, who turned the ball over late in the first quarter for Wartburg's first touchdown of the game. Quarterback Vaughn Gesing dropped the ball on the one yard line as the pocket collapsed around. Mike Schaefer picked up the ball and advanced it about three yards before he was stripped of the ball. It squirted into the end zone where Josh Mugge picked it up for the Knights.

Nick Yordi, the Knights' quarterback, added a one yard touchdown run with 0:16 left in the half to extend the lead to 14-3.

Things started well in the second half for Loras as well. Kenny Kikilas forced a fumble deep in Wartburg territory that John Diekman promptly picked up and hustled 20 yards with to get the Duhawks within five points at 14-9. Loras tried for a two point conversion, but Vaughn Gesing's pass fell incomplete as they tried to get within a field goal. On the play, Gesing was hit as he threw and didn't return to the game.

With the momentum back in front of the Homecoming crowd, the Duhawks were in position to mount a comeback. That was, until Josh Vandenhul spoiled the party. Vandenhul took the ensuing kickoff back 91 yards for the Knights and extended the lead to 21-9 and deflated the Loras sidelines and bleachers.

Lamar Harvey added a 15-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to finish off the scoring for the day.

The Duhawks struggled in the running game but were in position to score points at one other junction of the game. A bobbled pass and collision in the end zone led to Gesing's lone interception on the day. The ball seemingly fell incomplete but didn't hit the ground in the corner of the end zone and the Knights took possession - and points off the board for Loras.

John Ingersoll and Wally Labuz each caught five passes on the day for a total of 111 yards. Juan Gonzalez put four of his seven punts inside the 20. Nick Lloyd, Cody Snitker, Marty Mikaitis, and John Diekman each had six tackles. Mikaitis also intercepted Yordi (who threw for 304 yards). Matt Wickert caught 11 passes for 121 yards to lead the Knights receiving core. Lamar Harvey finished with 63 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

After three straight home games, the Duhawks take to the road next week for their matchup with Buena Vista. The Beavers were beaten on a last second field goal in Indianola, Iowa on Saturday. Tom Gregory will call the game locally in Dubuque on AM 1490 WDBQ. Check with the Buena Vista website for other gameday options to follow the game. Kickoff is 1:00 PM.