Abbott School Record Leads Football Past Anderson 42-8



abbott-auTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Aaron Abbott (Lebanon, Ohio) tied a school record with four touchdown receptions to lead the Fightin' Engineers past Anderson University 42-8 on Saturday afternoon.

Abbott hauled in 10 receptions for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the performance, including a 42-yard strike.  He tied the mark previously set by Ed Huonder against Washington University in 1987.

Senior Mitch Snyder (Casey, Ill./Casey-Westfield) tossed four touchdown passes for the second most in a game in school history and finished 14-24 for 175 passing yards on the day. 

Senior Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean) led the ground attack with 53 yards on 22 carries and also completed a 34-pass to Abbott on the game's opening play.

Defensively, sophomore Grant DePalma (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) led the Rose-Hulman defense with eight tackles, including three tackles-for-loss and two sacks.  Freshman Anthony Adamo (Chino, Calif.), junior Chad Compton (Lafayette/McCutcheon) and senior Jordan Martin (Shelbyville/Triton Central) added seven tackles each.

Rose-Hulman also forced four turnovers on the day.  Sophomore Zac Erba (Winona Lake/Warsaw) and sophomore Jacob Sexton (Findlay, Ohio/Van Buren) had fumble recoveries on special teams, freshman Matt Pansera (Yorkville, Ill.) added a defensive fumble recovery, and freshman Joseph Woodley (La Porte) snagged one interception for the Fightin' Engineers.

Rose-Hulman opened the scoring with a blocked punt for a touchdown.  Senior Shane Boschert (Cincinnati, OhioLaSalle) blocked the punt that followed Anderson's first drive, which landed in the endzone and was recovered by sophomore Greg Lee (Christiansburg, Va.) for six points.

The strong special teams effort also included freshman Craig Larew (Indianapolis/Lawrence North) finishing a perfect 6-6 on extra points and booting one kickoff for a touchdown.  Junior Eric Schaible (Findlay, Ohio) also averaged 40.4 yards per kick on eight punts, with two inside the Anderson 20-yard line.

Kyle Green booted a 32-yard field goal to bring the Ravens within 7-3 on the next possession.  Rose-Hulman answered with 28 straight points to take a 28-3 edge into halftime.

Abbott and Snyder connected on strikes of 14 yards and 27 yards to increase the Fightin' Engineer edge to 21-3.  Kovach scored from two yards out for the final score of the first half.

Rose-Hulman struck quickly in the second half, when Snyder and Abbott connected again on a 42-yard touchdown strike in the first minute of the third quarter.  Anderson added another field goal from 26 yards out by Green to make the score 35-6.

The last Rose-Hulman score of the day was the magic fourth touchdown combination between Snyder and Abbott, this time from 20 yards out to cap a 10-play drive.

Rose-Hulman improved to 4-5 on the season and 4-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Anderson dropped to 0-9 and 0-7 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers can set a school record with an eighth straight season at .500 or above with a win over Earlham College in the season finale next Saturday.