MANCHESTER, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology improved to
2-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football action
with a come-from-behind 26-20 victory at Manchester College on
Rose-Hulman rallied from a 14-0 first half deficit to top the
Spartans on their field and earn their second consecutive league
victory. The Fightin' Engineers rallied from a two touchdown
deficit to win for the first time since a 2007 victory over North
Sophomore Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean) led the
Rose-Hulman offense with his third consecutive 100-yard rushing
performance. Kovach gained 108 yards on 34 carries with two
touchdowns in the effort.
Snyder (Casey, Ill./Westfield) finished 16-23 for 143
yards and one touchdown through the air to balance Rose-Hulman's
offensive attack. Kovach had six receptions for 49 yards,
with freshman Dominic Sena (Moss Beach, Calif./Half Moon
Bay) adding 51 yards on four catches.
Defensively, senior Matt Green (Cincinnati,
Ohio/LaSalle) and senior Bobby Short
(Martinsville, Ill.) made big plays with interceptions to
pace the Engineers.
Junior Jordan Martin (Shelbyville/Triton
Central) led the team with nine tackles. Senior
Brad D'Agnillo (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) and
sophomore Marcus Washington (Frankfort, Ky.) added
seven stops each.
On the special teams front, senior Nick Schneider
(Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) tied
Rose-Hulman's school record with 25 field goals
with successful kicks from 42 and 22 yards out.
Schneider has tied the mark set by Vern Vannostran (1982-85).
Justin Minnich led the Manchester offense with 219 yards of
total offense from the quarterback position, but the Fightin'
Engineers held the Spartans to just 302 yards of total
offense. Minnich finished 11-24 for 114 yards and also rushed
for 105 yards on 12 carries.
Manchester relied on
two early touchdown runs by Corey Nelson to gain a 14-0 lead in the
second quarter. Nelson scored from five yards out to cap a
13-play, 75-yard drive in the first quarter, then scored from eight
yards out on the first play of the second quarter.
Rose-Hulman scored twice to move within 14-9 at halftime.
Snyder connected with junior Parris Gray
(Richmond) from five yards out to move the Engineers
within 14-6 and cap a 10-play, 72-yard march.
Schneider then booted a 42-yard field goal to tie his career
long and bring Rose-Hulman within 14-9 at the half.
In the third quarter,
Rose-Hulman marched 65 yards in 13 plays to gain a 16-14
lead. Kovach scored from five yards out, in a drive that
featured a key third down pass from Snyder to Kovach for 18 yards
which placed the ball in the red zone. The scoring drive
also featured a fake punt play that helped the drive
continue. With Rose-Hulman facing a fourth down on its own
46-yard line, Martin scampered seven yards to gain a first down,
move the chains and keep the Fightin' Engineers in possession.
Manchester answered on its next drive to claim a 20-16 lead on a
one-yard run by Nelson. The Spartans two-point conversion
attempt failed, and Manchester led 20-16 with 8:00 left in the
Rose-Hulman would hold Manchester without a point for the rest
of the game and score twice to secure the win. Schneider
brought the Engineers within 20-19 on a 22-yard field goal to cap
an 11-play drive.
The final scoring drive
covered 59 yards in 10 plays and put Rose-Hulman in the lead 26-20
with 10:52 left in the contest. The Engineers converted two
third downs on the drive, including an eight-yard run by Snyder on
third-and-seven. Kovach capped the march with a three-yard
run that followed a 20-yard strike from Snyder to Sena.
Manchester's best chance to score came on the next drive, when
the Spartans reached the Rose-Hulman 34-yard line. Green
thwarted the drive with an interception at the Engineer 20-yard
line with eight minutes left.
Rose-Hulman forced a three-and-out on Manchester's next drive,
then secured one first down to run the clock to 2:17 for the final
Spartan possession, after sophomore Eric Schaible (Findlay,
Ohio) booted a punt to the Manchester four-yard line.
After converting one first down, Rose-Hulman forced Minnich into
three straight incompletions, including a fourth down pass under
pressure to secure the victory.
Rose-Hulman improved to 2-0 in HCAC play and 2-2 overall with
the win, while Manchester dropped to 2-2 and 1-1 in league matchups
with the loss. The Fightin' Engineers join Franklin as the
only unbeaten teams in league play, when the two squads collide
next Saturday at 1:30 at Phil Brown Field.
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