Head Coach Mike Durnin encourages his players during a time out. The Norse next travel to Wartburg. (Photo by Rick Fromm)
The Luther football team fell to 0-2 in the Iowa Conference and 0-5 after dropping a 29-0 decision to the University of Dubuque in front of the homecoming crowd in Carlson Stadium Saturday.
The Spartans racked up 442 yards of total offense while controlling the football for 40:53. Spartan quarterback Wyatt Hanus threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Dakota Runde rushed for 104 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown.
Luther tallied a season low 157 yards of total offense, 84 on the ground and 73 in the air.
Middle linebacker Trent Kerrigan was all over the field. Kerrigan was credited with 21 tackles that included one of Luther's two sacks. He also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchback that stopped a Dubuque scoring drive late in the fourth quarter. Rich Vickers also had a solid performance, being credited with 10 tackles.
"All the credit to Dubuque," commented Head Coach Mike Durnin. "As head coach, I take full responsibility for today. I am confident our coaches and players will respond in a very positive way and we will be ready to go next Saturday."
Dubuque improved to 1-1 in league play and 2-3 overall.
The Norse travel to Wartburg College for a game Saturday that is slated to begin at 1 p.m.