DANVILLE, KY. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology senior Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean)
became the all-time leading rusher in Fightin' Engineer history to
lead the effort in a 49-21 loss at nationally ranked Centre on
Kovach gained 138 yards on 31 carries to move past
Eric Hyten ('00) as the all-time leading rusher in Rose-Hulman
history. His career total now measures 3,366 rushing
Rose-Hulman battled the No. 18 ranked Colonels to a much tighter
game than the score indicated, especially during the opening 30
minutes. Centre led 21-7 at the break, but Rose-Hulman
had two second quarter possessions that reached inside
the Colonel 30-yard line without points.
Senior Mitch Snyder (Casey,
Ill./Casey-Westfield) led the statistical effort by
completing 23-33 passes for 211 yards with one touchdown and
no interceptions. Freshman Aaron Abbott (Lebanon,
Ohio) added nine catches for 100 yards and one
touchdown, while rushing for 36 yards and another score.
Freshman Jacob Dye (Tipton) pitched in with
four catches for 90 yards, with junior Connor Gerhart (La
Mesa, Calif./La Jolla Country Day) adding six receptions
Defensively, senior Jordan Martin (Shelbyville/Triton
Central) and sophomore Grant DePalma (Mount
Prospect, Ill./Prospect) led Rose-Hulman with 12 tackles
each. Freshman Joseph Woodley (Shreveport, La./Loyola
College Prep) pitched in with nine stops.
Centre jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter on a
41-yard touchdown pass from Heath Haden to Rob Melillo.
Justin Williams added a one-yard scoring run with 4:17 left in the
Rose-Hulman marched 90 yards in 14 plays to close within 14-7 in
the second quarter. Abbott finished the drive with a
five-yard touchdown run. The scoring drive featured three
third down conversions and a 16-yard run by Kovach.
Centre increased the lead to 28-7 on a 58-yard pass from Haden
to Jason Osterman to take a 21-7 lead into the locker room.
Rose-Hulman marched to the 10-yard line, courtesy of a 31-yard run
by Abbott and back-to-back completions from Snyder to junior
Marcus Washington (Frankfort, Ky.), before the
first late second quarter drive ended. A last second drive in
the first half reached the Centre 29-yard line.
The second half began with the key play of the game on the
opening kickoff. Ben Leahy picked up a fumbled kickoff and
returned the ball 34 yards for a score on the first play of the
third quarter. The lead reached 35-7 on a four-yard scoring
run by Monte Scotton.
Rose-Hulman marched 85 yards in seven plays to close back within
35-14 early in the third quarter. Snyder connected with
Abbott for his second touchdown of the evening, a 22-yard pass with
6:59 left in the third quarter.
Centre added touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter, with
Rose-Hulman adding a score in between. Junior Ryan
Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) tossed a 55-yard
scoring strike to freshman Jacob Dye (Tipton) for
the third Engineer touchdown of the game.
Haden led the Centre offense with a 13-21 passing performance
for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Scotton gained 154 rushing
yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.
Centre improved to 2-0 on the season, while Rose-Hulman dropped
to 0-2. The Fightin' Engineers return to action at Defiance
College on Saturday afternoon.