Hanover Rallies to Top Rose-Hulman in Overtime


gerhartTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Hanover College rallied from a 20-point fourth quarter deficit to claim a 33-27 overtime victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football action on Saturday.

Hanover tied the score at 27-27 on a one-yard touchdown run by Spencer Corrao with 1:17 remaining.  The ensuing extra point was missed, however, keeping the score knotted at 27.

Rose-Hulman then marched 76 yards in seven-plays, highlighted by pass plays of 42 and 14 yards from senior Mitch Snyder (Casey, Ill./Casey-Westfield) to junior Connor Gerhart (La Mesa, Calif.), before time ran out to prevent a potential game winning scoring chance.

In the overtime period, Hanover senior Andy Dalton recovered a fumble on Rose-Hulman's possession.  Daniel Passafiume won the game for the Panthers with a 25-yard touchdown run on a reverse on the first play of the ensuing drive.

Snyder led the Rose-Hulman offense with a 19-40 performance for 230 yards through the air.  Junior Danya Francis (Kissimmee, Fla./Celebration) rushed for 108 yards on 30 carries, with senior Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean) adding two touchdown runs.  Freshman Aaron Abbott (Lebanon, Ohio) also gained 30 yards on six rushes with one touchdown.

Abbott hauled in six receptions for 79 yards, with Gerhart making four catches for 78 yards.  Freshman Jacob Dye (Tipton) also had four receptions.

Corrao led the Hanover offense with 156 rushing yards on 17 carries and one touchdown.  Dexter Britt and Tanner Parker combined for a 19-36 effort for 195 yards and one touchdown through the air for the Panthers.  Passafiume led Hanover with nine catches for 89 yards.

Defensively, senior Jordan Martin (Shelbyville/Triton Central) led the Engineers with 10 tackles.  Freshman Joseph Woodley (Shreveport, La./Loyola College Prep) hauled in two interceptions, and senior Ryan Gallagher (Greenwood) added one interception for Rose-Hulman.

The Fightin' Engineer defense forced a total of five turnovers on the day, with junior Craig Voges (Huntingburg/Forest Park) and freshman Dane Irving (Newark, N.J./Science Park) recovering fumbles.

Rose-Hulman jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on touchdown runs of nine yards and one yard by Kovach, with freshman Craig Larew (Indianapolis/Lawrence North) adding extra points.  Colton Zeck scored on a three-yard run to make the score 14-7 in the second quarter.

Francis capped a 25-yard, three-play drive with a four-yard run to put Rose-Hulman ahead 21-7 at the half.

The Engineers started the second half with a 10-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a 16-yard run by Abbott to take a 27-7 lead with 11:15 left in the third quarter.  Hanover relied on a touchdown rush and pass from Britt in the fourth quarter to move within 27-21, before Corrao tied the game with a one-yard plunge at the 1:17 mark.

Hanover improved to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in HCAC play with the victory, while Rose-Hulman stands 2-3 and 2-1 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers host Bluffton University on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.