TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
improved to 3-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
football action with a 20-14 win over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday
Junior Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean) scored two
touchdowns and senior Matt Green (Cincinnati,
Ohio/LaSalle) became the first Fightin' Engineer since
1987 with 20 tackles in a game to pace the Rose-Hulman
Junior Mitch Snyder (Casey,
Ill./Casey-Westfield) finished 19-31 through the air for
234 yards and one touchdown to lead the Rose-Hulman offense.
Kovach rushed for 85 yards and hauled in six catches for 67
yards and one touchdown to provide balance. Senior
Jordan Nielson (Syracuse, Utah/Clearfield) added
69 yards on three receptions.
The Rose-Hulman defense was a major story, holding Mount St.
Joseph to just seven points on offense. Green recorded 11
solo tackles and nine assists, while forcing two fumbles to become
the first Rose-Hulman defensive player since Pat Thomas in 1987
with 20 stops in a game.
Freshman Spencer Balash (Monroe/Adams Central)
recovered two fumbles on special teams, one on a punt and the other
on a kickoff return. Senior Brad D'Agnillo
(Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) and freshman Grant
DePalma (Mount Prosepct, Ill.) each added one fumble
recovery for the Engineers.
Other key contributors for the Rose-Hulman defense
included junior Jordan Martin (Shelbyville/Triton
Central) with nine tackles, DePalma with seven stops, and
junior Ryan Gallagher (Greenwood) with six stops
and a 17-yard sack. Senior Ben Parker (Fillmore/South
Putnam) and sophomore Craig Voges
(Huntingburg/Forest Park) also forced fumbles for
James Clay rushed for 103 yards and one score, with quarterback
Brian Pitzer adding 74 rushing yards on 14 carries for Mount St.
Joseph. The Fightin' Engineer defense held the Lions to just
54 passing yards on the day. Jay Dolak also contributed a key
play with a five-yard interception return in the second quarter for
Mount St. Joseph.
Rose-Hulman marched 78 yards in 11 plays on its
second drive to take a 7-0 lead. Snyder connected with
sophomore Joel Stiffler (DeWitt, Mich.) on a
20-yard pass and hit junior Parris Gray (Richmond)
on a 12-yard strike, before hooking up on a 27-yard pass to Kovach
for the game's first score.
The Engineers relied on special teams as part of their second
touchdown in the first quarter. Mount St. Joseph forced an
Engineer punt, but Balash recovered his first fumble of the day on
the kick to give Rose-Hulman possession at the Lions 40-yard
line. After a 27-yard pass from Snyder to Nielson, Kovach
scored from seven yards out to make the score 14-0.
Mount St. Joseph closed to within 14-7 early in the second
quarter on a drive that was capped on a four-yard run by
Clay. Two possessions later, Dolak's interception return
knotted the score at 14-14 with 5:08 left in the first half.
Rose-Hulman took a 17-14 lead to the intermission on a 22-yard
field goal by senior Nick Schneider (Naperville,
Ill./Neuqua Valley) to cap a 13-play drive.
Rose-Hulman converted a key third-and-10 on an 18-yard pass from
Snyder to Nielson to keep the drive alive.
In the second half, both defenses took over, with Mount St.
Joseph stopping two Rose-Hulman drives on downs in Lions
territory. The Engineers took a 201-4 lead with 2:19 left on
a 20-yard field goal by Schneider to set the stage for the game's
Mount St. Joseph crossed the 50-yard line and reached the
Engineer 46-yard line, before Rose-Hulman forced three straight
incompletions to force a turnover on downs to secure the win.
Sophomore Andy Hunkeler (Kokomo/Northwestern) was
credited with a quarterback hurry on the fourth down pass play.
Rose-Hulman stands 3-3 on the season, while Mount St. Joseph
dropped to 3-3. The Fightin' Engineers travel to Bluffton
University next Saturday.