TERRE HAUTE, IND. --
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rallied from an 11-point fourth
quarter deficit to close within three points late, before falling
just shy in a 21-18 loss to Defiance College on Saturday
Defiance built a 21-10 advantage early in the fourth quarter,
before Rose-Hulman closed to within 21-18 with a 15-play, 62-yard
scoring drive that ended at the 5:55 mark and featured three fourth
Junior Mitch Snyder (Casey, Ill./Westfield)
connected with senior Jordan Nielson (Syrcause,
Utah/Clearfield) on a 13-yard scoring strike to cap the
drive, and Snyder hit junior Kyle Kovach
(Munster/Andrean) on a two-point conversion to close the
gap to three points.
Defiance was able to
march 52 yards in eight plays on its next drive, but the Fightin'
Engineer defense forced a fourth down stop and gave Rose-Hulman one
final chance to tie the score with 1:47 remaining.
The final drive featured a 43-yard, 10-play march that included
passes of 12 yards to sophomore Joel Stiffler (DeWitt,
Mich.) and 12 yards to Nielson. The Engineers
reached the 29-yard line in the final drive, but a potential
career-long field goal of 47 yards by senior Nick Schneider
(Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) fell just to the right on
fourth down as Defiance secured the win.
Snyder finished 22-38 through the air for 266 yards and two
touchdowns to lead the offensive effort. Senior
Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va.) led off the
game's scoring with a 25-yard touchdown catch and had 110 yards on
five receptions, with Stiffler adding eight catches for 59 yards
Defensively, senior Ben Parker (Fillmore/South
Putnam) led Rose-Hulman with 12 tackles, two
tackes-for-loss and one sack. Sophomore Craig Voges
(Huntingburg/Forest Park) pitched in with 11 tadckles, and
junior Jordan Martin (Shelbyville/Triton Central)
contibuted nine stops.
Rick Powell passed for 124 yards and rushed for 120 more to lead
the Defiance offense. Drew Kuesel added 95 yards rushing and
two touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets.
Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on two
long passes from Snyder to Coleman. The first was a 55-yard
strike to move the Engineers into Defiance territory, and the
second was a 25-yard touchdown pass early in the second
Defiance marched 47 yards in seven plays to knot the score at
7-7. Schneider capped a four-play drive in the final seconds
of the first half that featured an 18-yard pass from Snyder to
Stiffler with a 28-yard field goal to give Rose-Hulman a 10-7 lead
In the second half, Defiance marched 60 yards in 11 plays to
take a 14-10 lead on a one-yard run by Kuesel with 9:48 left int he
In the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets moved their lead to
21-10 on a 10-play, 48-yard drive that finished with a four-yard
scoring run by Kuesel at the 9:41 mark.
Rose-Hulman then completed its 15-play drive to move within
three points late.
The Fightin' Engineers honored 14 seniors
prior to kickoff in a pregame ceremony.
Seniors included mechanical engineering
major Sutton Coleman; civil engineering major
Brad D'Agnillo; mechanical engineering major
Steve Durham; civil engineering major Karl
Frisk; mechanical engineering major Matt
Green; biomedical engineering
major Lance Irwin; mechanical engineering major
Ethan Kestenman; mechanical engineering major
Jeff Ketchum; mechanical engineering major
Jordan Nielson; biomedical engineering major
Ben Parker; mechanical engineering major
Nick Schneider; mechanical engineering major
P.J. Schulthies; mechanical engineering major
Bobby Short; and mechanical engineering major
Defiance improved to 4-4 overall and 4-2 in league play, while
Rose-Hulman stands 3-5 overall and 3-3 in conference games.
The Fightin' Engineers hit the road for Anderson University next