RICHMOND, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology overcame a slow first half to defeat Earlham College 21-7 to retain the Battle of the Borders Broadsword for the 11th straight year.
With the win, the Engineers reached their seventh consecutive season with a record of .500 or above with a 5-5 record. The Engineers also claimed a tie for second place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Rose-Hulman earns second-place by virtue of the team's 2-1 record against teams in the second-place tie.
Junior Kyle Kovach (Munster, Ind./Andrean) led the Engineers with 200 yards on 44 carries and one touchdown. Kovach ended the day with 262 all-purpose yards.
Kovach ended the season with a single season school record 298 carries and a 121.3 yards a game average. His 1,213 rushing yards places him second in program history for a season. He also set a new record with 2,251 all purpose yards on the year.
Junior Mitch Snyder (Casey, Ill./Casey-Westfield) threw for 192 yards on 16-31 passes and one touchdown.
Freshman Grant DePalma (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) led the defense with 11 tackles on the day, including one fumble recovery. Ryan Gallagher (Greenwood, Ind.) added eight tackles. Junior Jordan Martin (Shelbyville, Ind./Triton Central) chipped in with seven tackles and also picked up a 50 yard interception return.
Rose-Hulman took a 6-0 lead late in the second quarter with a 17 yard run by Kovach. A defensive fumble recovery set up the score.
The Engineers added another score on their first drive of the third quarter with an 80-yard, eight play drive that culminated with a three yard scamper by Snyder. Junior Parris Gray (Richmond, Ind.) set up the score with a 44-yard reception that put the ball inside the five. Snyder then hit sophomore Joel Stiffler (Dewitt, Mich.) for the two-point conversion to give the team a 14-0 lead.
Rose-Hulman took a 21-0 lead on a five yard pass from Snyder to senior Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va). A stop by the Engineer defense and 29-yard punt return by Kovach set up the 28 yard, five play drive. Senior Nick Schneider (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) booted the extra point.
Collin Draine intercepted a Snyder pass and returned it for a 35 yard touchdown to give Earlham a score. The successful extra point provided the 21-7 final.
Rose-Hulman will begin the 2012 season on Sept. 1 at home against Kalamazoo College.