Historic Rushing Day Not Enough as Engineers Fall at Kalamazoo



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 offense.

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, Ill./Neuqua Valley).

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 frame.

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 Jones. 

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 p.m.