OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored 33 points in the
middle two quarters and held off a Defiance College rally to earn a
33-20 victory in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
football opener for both schools on Saturday.
Senior Mitch Snyder (Casey,
Ill./Casey-Westfield) threw two first half touchdown
passes and the Engineers relied on two key defensive stands to take
a 12-0 lead into the intermission.
Snyder connected with freshman Jacob Dye
(Tipton) on a 45-yard strike with 12:43 left in the first
half to give Rose-Hulman a 6-0 lead. The pass capped a
nine-play, 77-yard drive that featured a 12-yard third down pass
from Snyder to freshman Aaron Abbott (Lebanon,
Ohio) to keep the drive alive.
Snyder hooked up with Abbott on a 25-yard scoring strike to push
Rose-Hulman's lead to 12-0 at the intermission. The
four-play, 71-yard drive started with a 30-yard run by Abbott.
defensive stands helped Rose-Hulman hold the lead at the
break. Defiance reached the Engineer one-yard line before a
key six-yard loss on a tackle by junior Marcus Tucker
(Indianapolis/Cardinal Ritter) and junior John
Burt (West Terre Haute/West Vigo) (pictured) forced a
29-yard field goal attempt. Freshman
Dane Irving (Newark, N.J.) then blocked
the field goal to keep the Yellow Jackets scoreless.
In the final 10 seconds of the first half, Defiance reached the
10-yard line with a fourth-and-three situation. The Yellow
Jackets reached the three-yard line on a fourth down conversion,
but a tackle by Burt forced the clock to hit zero before the
Rose-Hulman scored 14 points in 59 seconds to push
the lead to 26-0 midway through the third quarter. Senior
Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean) scored on a
three-yard touchdown at the 11:46 mark, with the score pushed to
19-0 on an extra point by freshman Craig Larew
(Indianapolis/Lawrence North). The scoring march
featured two third-down conversions.
Three plays later, Burt again emerged as the hero with a 20-yard
interception return for his first college touchdown. Larew's
extra point gave Rose-Hulman a 26-0 lead with 10:47 left in the
Rose-Hulman's lead grew to 33-0 with 2:35 left in the third
quarter. Abbott scored from 29 yards out, and Larew's extra
point capped a 33-point span in the middle two quarters.
Defiance put on a fourth quarter rally to move the score within
33-20 as the final. Aaron Smith scored on touchdowns of five
and three yards, with an 80-yard pass from Garrett Teague to Jon
Carrabino also included in the scoring.
Snyder finished 12-26 through the air for 149 yards and two
touchdowns with no interceptions for the Engineers. Kovach
gained 88 rushing yards on 33 carries with one score, and Abbott
rushed for 73 yards on four carries and a touchdown.
the receiving corps with 91 yards on six catches and one touchdown,
with Abbott contributing four receptions for 35 yards and a
score. The game marked the second straight week that Abbott
has rushed for a touchdown and made a scoring reception.
Defensively, freshman Anthony Adamo (Chino,
Calif.) led the effort with 12 tackles. Senior
Jordan Martin (Shelbyville/Triton Central) pitched
in with 11 tackles.
Burt emerged as a defensive standout with a career game included
10 tackles, an interception return for a touchdown and two key
tackles inside the 10-yard line that kept Defiance off the
scoreboard in the opening 30 minutes. Junior Craig
Voges (Huntingburg/Forest Park) also tallied eight tackles
on the day.
An unsung hero in the contest was junior punter Eric
Schaible (Findlay, Ohio), who had one of the best days of
his career. Schaible averaged 47.2 yards per punt on six
boots, including punts downed at the one and three-yard lines.
Rose-Hulman improved to 1-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference
play, while Defiance dropped to 0-3. The Fightin' Engineers
host Manchester in the annual Homecoming Game on Saturday at 2
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