TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored
two fourth quarter touchdowns before falling just shy in a 29-28
loss to Kalamazoo College in the college football opener for both
schools on Saturday night.
Senior Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean) rushed for
223 yards and two touchdowns, and freshman Jacob Dye
(Tipton) hauled in two touchdown receptions to lead the
Rose-Hulman offensive effort.
Trailing 29-15 after three quarters, Rose-Hulman rallied to
within 29-22 on a 40-yard touchdown pass from senior Mitch
Snyder (Casey, Ill./Casey-Westfield) to Dye. The
Fightin' Engineers closed to within 29-28 on a 60-yard run by
Kovach with 2:15 remaining, but Kalamazoo stopped the point after
attempt to secure the win.
Rose-Hulman amassed 433 yards of total offense in the game,
highlighted by touchdown runs of 65 and 60 yards by Kovach.
Snyder finished 21-37 through the air for 166 yards and two
Other key offensive contributors included junior Connor
Gerhart (La Mesa, Calif./La Jolla Country Day) with five
catches for 30 yards; and freshman Aaron Abbott (Lebanon,
Ohio) with 92 yards on four kickoff returns and a 29-yard
third-down rush. Kovach also had six receptions for 24
Aaron McGuire led the Kalamazoo offense with 246 passing yards
and 111 rushing yards with three scores. Dimeko Price rushed
for 81 yards and Josh Wise led the receivers with 79 yards on five
Defensively, junior Craig Voges (Huntingburg/Forest
Park) led the Engineer defense with 12 tackles and three
pass breakups. Senior Ryan Gallagher
(Greenwood) added 11 tackles and one forced fumble.
Sophomore Spencer Balash (Monroe/Adams Central)
added an interception in the endzone, and senior Jordan
Martin (Shelbyville/Triton Central) hauled in an
interception to keep the Fightin' Engineers within striing
distance. Junior Dean Griffing (Plano, Ill./Aurora
Christian) added 2.5 sacks to the defensive effort.
Rose-Hulman opened the scoring with a safety, when junior
D.J. Lawson (Indianapolis/Pike) hauled down Price
in the endzone early in the first quarter. Colin Leffert
scored from three yards out to make the score 7-2 Kalamazoo, but
Snyder and Dye connected on a 15-yard strike to put Rose-Hulman in
front 8-7 after one quarter.
Kalamazoo regained the lead at 14-8 on a fourth down, 23-yard
scoring run by McGuire. Kovach answered with a 65-yard
touchdown sprint to put Rose-Hulman ahead 15-14 late in the second
Kalamazoo relied on a 27-yard scoring run and a one-yard plunge
both by McGuire to take a 29-15 lead after three quarters, setting
the stage for Rose-Hulman's rally.
Kalamazoo stands 1-0 on the season, while Rose-Hulman dropped to
0-1. The Fightin' Engineers return to action next Saturday
night at Centre College.
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