Luther quarterback Kody Moore (No. 8) looks for an open receiver in a recent game while lineman Andrew Turnacliff is there for protection.
Luther quarterback Kody Moore (No. 8) looks for an open receiver in a recent game while lineman Andrew Turnacliff is there for protection.

William Penn University, ranked No. 14 in the NAIA, defeated Luther 31-9 Saturday in Oskaloosa.

The Statesmen were efficient offensively, converting 8-of-16 third down attempts and scoring all five times they reached the red zone. The rushing attack produced 299 yards, which included five runs of 10 yards or more with a long of 27. A 40-yard punt return also set up a 25-yard field goal early in the third quarter.

Defensively, a 34-yard interception return by Jacob Batterson gave William Penn a 21-3 lead at halftime. Luther's points came on a 23-yard field goal by Seth Streeter.

Offensively, the Norse had nice balance in the running and throwing games, compiling 310 yards of total offense. Tyler Holmlund led the rushing attack with 67 yards. Moore connected on 16-of-32 passes for 159 yards and was picked off twice.

Defensively, Matt Bitz was credited with 16 tackles, a sack and one forced fumble. James Knutson was next with eight and was also credited with a sack.

"We faced an excellent team in William Penn," stated Head Coach Mike Durnin. "Although our players battled well, we had a difficult time gaining consistency in all phases of the game. We do believe the level of competition we have faced so far this season, and will face next week versus Wheaton, is great preparation for the IIAC. We are confident our players, with our senior leadership, will continue to work hard at the process of being the best we can be on the field."

The Norse return to Carlson Stadium Saturday and face No. 10 Wheaton College. Kickoff is schedule for 1 p.m.