Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior Danya Francis (Kissimmee,
Fla./Celebration) scored three touchdowns to help the
Fightin' Engineers top Mount St. Joseph 28-21 in overtime on
Francis rushed for 112 yards and three
scores for his third 100-yard game in the last four contests.
Senior Mitch Snyder (Casey, Ill./Casey-Westfield)
balanced the attack with a 19-39 performance through the air for
193 yards and one touchdown.
Junior Connor Gerhart (La Mesa,
Calif./La Jolla Country Day) hauled in eight receptions
for 65 yards and one touchdowns to lead the receiving corps.
Freshman Jacob Dye (Tipton) also crossed the
50-yard mark with 55 yards on four catches.
Grant DePalma (Mount Prospect, Ill.) led four
players in double figures with 15 tackles. Junior
Dean Griffing (Plano, Ill./Aurora Christian) had
the most impressive statistical day with 14 tackles, 4.5
tackles-for-loss and two sacks.
Senior Jordan Martin
(Shelbyville/Triton Central) amassed 12 tackles, and
junior Craig Voges (Huntingburg/Forest
Park) reached double figures with 11 stops.
Sophomore Spencer Balash (Monroe/Adams Central)
provided a key interception with a 27-yard return.
James Clay, the nation's leading rusher in
NCAA Division III football, was held below his season average with
202 yards on 45 carries and one score. Brian Pitzer finished
12-26 through the air for 192 yards to balance the Mount St. Joseph
The game started with offensive fireworks
that resulted in four straight touchdown drives and a 14-13 Lions
lead. Francis scored from one-yard out to cap a 10-play
opening drive. Clay answered with a 56-yard scoring
Francis then scored from two yards on
Rose-Hulman's next possession. Mount St. Joseph took a 14-13
lead on a 30-yard pass from Pitzer to John Peters just one minute
into the second quarter.
The defenses then took over, with both teams
only scoring once more in regulation time. Mount St. Joseph
increased its lead to 21-13 on a 36-yard pass from Pitzer to
Rose-Hulman relied on an eight-point
touchdown to force the extra session. Snyder and Gerhart
connected on a five-yard scoring strike with 6:16 remaining to
bring the Engineers within 21-19. Snyder and Gerhart
connected again on a two-point conversion to tie the score at
Both teams exchanged punts and Rose-Hulman
punted the Lions deep in their own territory with 1:31 left.
Mount St. Joseph drove to the Rose-Hulman 28-yard line and missed a
45-yard potential game winning field goal on the final play of
regulation to force the extra session.
In overtime, Francis scored from five yards
out and rushed five times for 21 yards on the drive. The
Rose-Hulman defense then held Clay to a pair of two-yard runs and
forced two incompletions to secure the victory.
Rose-Hulman improved to 3-5 on the season
and 3-3 in HCAC play, while Mount St. Joseph dropped to 3-5 and 2-5
in league games. The Fightin' Engineers host Anderson
University next Saturday at 1:30.
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