KALAMAZOO, MICH. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior
Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean) rushed for a
career-high 221 yards, but the Kalamazoo College offense proved the
diffrerence in a 43-22 Hornets win on Saturday night.
Kovach recorded the fourth highest single-game rushing total in
school history with 221 yards on 34 carries.
With his efforts, Kovach became the 10th player in Rose-Hulman
football history to rush for 2,000 yards in his career.
Defensively, sophomore Craig Voges (Huntingburg/Forest
Park) and junior Jordan Martin (Shelbyville/Triton
Central) led Rose-Hulman with interceptions. Senior
Bobby Short (Martinsville, Ill.) and senior
Matt Green (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) reached
double figures with 10 tackles each.
Other key offensive contributors included
junior Mitch Snyder (Casey, Ill./Westfield)
who completed 17-34 passes for 127 yards and one score; senior
Jordan Nielson (Syracuse, Utah/Clearfield) with
five receptions for 41 yards; and sophomore Connor Gerhart
(La Mesa, Calif./La Jolla Country Day) with four catches
for 46 yards.
Nick Jones finished 26-46 for 380 yards and three touchdowns,
and Dimeko Price gained 97 yards on 20 carries to pace the
Kalamazoo marched 47 yards in nine plays with the opening
kickoff to take a 3-0 lead. Travis Braun capped the drive
with a 31-yard field goal.
Rose-Hulman snagged the lead midway through the first quarter on
the first college touchdown by Voges. His 26-yard
interception return gave the Fightin' Engineers a 7-3 lead after an
extra point by senior Nick Schneider (Naperville,
Kalamazoo regained the lead later in the first quarter, after
the Hornets recovered a fumble inside the Engineer 10-yard line and
scored three plays later. Jones connected with Jimmy Frye on
a seven-yard scoring strike with 3:56 left in the opening
Rose-Hulman marched 50 yards in eight plays on its next drive to
regain a 14-10 advantage. Freshman Dominic Sena (Moss
Beach, Calif./Half Moon Bay) keyed the drive with a
13-yard run, and Kovach caught a seven-yard scoring pass from
Snyder to give the Engineers the lead.
Kalamazoo regained the lead at 20-14 heading into halftime on a
24-yard field goal by Travis Braun and a one-yard run from
Rose-Hulman had an opportunity to gain the halftime lead, before
Kalamazoo made a key goal line stand.to maintain the 20-14
edge. The Engineers marched 62 yards in nine plays, with a
27-yard rush by Kovach leading the effort, before
reaching the two-yard line. On fourth-and-goal, Kalamazoo
made a key defensive stop to keep the lead at the break.
The Kalamazoo offense added 10 points in the third quarter on a
33-yard pass from Jones to Mikael Lott and another Braun field
goal. The Hornets scored one fourth quarter score on a
16-yard pass from Jones to Josh Wise.
Rose-Hulman marched near the Kalamazoo red zone on its next
possession, but an 80-yard interception return for a score by
Adam Powers ended the drive.
The Fightin' Engineers answered with an eight-point march on
their next possession. Rose-Hulman gained 64 yards in 14
plays, before Snyder scored on a one-yard scoring plunge and added
a two-point conversion run with 2:47 left.
Kalamazoo improved to 2-1 on the season, while Rose-Hulman
dropped to 0-2. The Fightin' Engineers return home for the
annual Homecoming matchup against Hanover College on Saturday at 2