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
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
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
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
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.