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October 19, 2008

Gusties block two kicks to topple Carleton

First loss of season for Knights

NORTHFIELD — A pair of blocked extra-point kicks, including one in overtime, lifted the Gustavus Adolphus football team to a 30-29 upset victory over No. 22 Carleton Saturday afternoon.

It was the first loss of the season for the Knights.

The Gusties (4-2, 2-2 in MIAC) forced overtime by blocking a Tim Kane PAT attempt with 10 seconds remaining in regulation and then won the game as Kane tried to tie it following a Carleton touchdown in the extra session.

Gustavus, which never trailed in the game — although Carleton tied it four times — got the ball first in overtime and scored when Adam Lukes fumbled the ball but teammate Chris Martinez recovered it and scored. Jake Holsten’s successful PAT gave the Gusties a seven-point lead.

Carleton answered on a 5-yard touchdown run by Shane Henfling before the blocked kick.

Gusties quarterback Jordan Becker finished 17 for 31 passing for 203 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score.

Receiver Elliott Herdina had six catches for 61 yards and a 21-yard touchdown catch. Chad Arlt finished with eight catches for 109 yards. Lukes also had a 3-yard touchdown run.

Holsten started the scoring with a 26-yard field goal. He was 2 for 3 on PATs, missing a crucial try with 3:11 remaining in the fourth quarter that would have given Gusties a seven-point lead.

The Knights closed out regulation with a 13-play 56-yard drive that ended with Dylan Bothun’s 5-yard touchdown catch from Shane Henfling that tied the game 23-23.

The Gusties will host Augsburg Saturday.

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