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Failed extra-point attempts costly in Cougars' 35-32 loss

The University of Minnesota, Morris Cougars found themselves on the wrong end of a back-and-forth football game, falling 35-32 to Martin Luther Saturday.

The Cougars failed to convert three point after touchdown attempts, which proved costly in the loss.

The Cougars fell to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

Dustin Spohn had 135 rushing yards and a touchdown, but Martin Luther had 485 yards of total offense, including 307 yards on the ground outperforming the Cougars’ offense.

Donnie Mavencamp finished the day 15-of-28 for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Brendon Foss had six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.

The Knights struck first, scoring on an eight-yard run with 9:34 left in the first quarter.  

Minnesota Morris scored two straight touchdowns to take a 12-7 lead early in the second quarter. Martin Luther responded with two touchdowns of their own to take a 21-12 lead into the halftime break.

Spohn finished off a seven-play drive to pull UMM within two in under 1:30 to start the second half. Mavencamp then had a 26-yard scamper giving Minnesota Morris the 25-21 lead with 7:53 left in the third quarter.

Matthew Olson scored an early fourth quarter touchdown as the Knights responded and took a 28-25 lead. That lead did not last long as Mavencamp hit Tyler Peterson for a 17-yard touchdown three minutes later. The Cougars could not hold the lead and Martin Luther scored the go ahead touchdown with 4:35 left.

The Cougars quickly drove to the MLC 28-yard line, but could go no further and turned the ball over on downs with 1:25 left in the game. Morris never got the ball back and fell 35-32.

Next weekend Minnesota Morris will take on St. Scholastica in Duluth