WAVERLY -- Wartburg's offensive attack picked up right where it left off in Week One producing 460 yards in a 34-21 win over Augsburg College of Minneapolis, Minn. on Saturday.
The Knights, leveling their season record at 1-1, are now just 34 yards shy of hitting 1,000 total yards of offense already this year. Head coach Rick Willis' squad went over the 500-yard mark in the season-opening 42-35 overtime loss at St. Norbert Sept. 5.
A large brunt of the attack came from the running game, just as it did in the opener. Freshman running back Reese Thompson's sparkling early season continued in front of a crowd of 3,000 at Walston-Hoover Stadium. Thompson carried the ball 26 times for 163 yards and the eventual game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Defensive coordinator Joel Dettwiler's crew helped provide Thompson that chance to ice the game. Senior linebacker Josh Mugge of Cherokee stepped in front of a pass from Augsburg sophomore quarterback Marcus Brumm to put the Knights in business at the visitors' 40-yard line with 7:45 to play. Four plays later, with senior quarterback Nick Yordi of Solon rushing for a key first down on a third and 13 call to the Augsburg 35 to keep the drive alive, Thompson took a hand off, bounced into the Auggie secondary and was off the races.
Wartburg's defense picked up three takeaways in the win. Junior defensive back Jourdan Cousin of Spencer had an interception on the drive following Thompson's touchdown which led to sophomore place-kicker Marcus Williams hitting a 27-yard field goal for the final points. The Orange and Black also added a fumble recovery.
Wartburg begins Iowa Conference action Saturday, Sept. 19, with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Cornell College's Ash Park in Mount Vernon.