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AUSTRIA -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology defended a two-point
conversion attempt in overtime to cap a 35-34 come-from-behind
victory over the Austrian National Team in Charity Bowl XIII on
The Fightin' Engineers rallied from a 28-21 deficit to force a
28-28 tie on a fourth-down touchdown pass from Mitch
Snyder to Kyle Kovach with four minutes
left in regulation to knot the score. Rose-Hulman forced a
punt from the Austrian National Team on its final possession to set
the stage for overtime.
In the extra session,
Rose-Hulman had the first possession and scored on a
fade touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone from Snyder
to Reed Eason (pictured), with Nick
Schneider booting a key extra point that put the Engineers
On Austria's possession, Christoph Gross connected with Mario
Nerad for a touchdown that brought the score to 35-34. Team
Austria decided to go for the win on a two-point version, but
Armando Ponce de Leon was stopped shy of the goal line on a running
play by several Rose-Hulman defensive players to secure the
"Everyone did a tremendous job with the spectacle of the entire
event. It was a great game, and our players are really
excited to have beaten a really talented Austrian team," said head
coach Jeff Sokol in a postgame interview with the website
Kovach (pictured) led
the offensive effort with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving
touchdown. Snyder tossed two touchdown passes, and
Craig Voges provided a key early touchdown on an
interception return to provide Rose-Hulman's scoring for the
Austria jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a
scoring run by Ponce de Leon and were driving for a second score
late in the first quarter. Gross was intercepted by Voges,
however, who returned the interception for a touchdown to tie the
score at 7-7.
Austria gained a 14-7 lead on a score by Andrej Kliman in the
first quarter. Kovach capped the first quarter with his
longest run of the day, a 60-yard scamper to force a 14-14 tie
after the opening 15 minutes.
Nerad scored on an
18-yard run early in the second quarter to give the Austrian squad
a 21-14 edge. Late in the second quarter, Jordan
Martin snagged an interception to give Rose-Hulman one
last chance to tie the score at halftime. Kovach scored from
20 yards out to force a 21-21 tie at intermission.
Team Austria claimed a 28-21 lead late in the third quarter on a
touchdown catch from tight end Daniel Stanzel. Rose-Hulman
ended the third quarter on a strong drive in an effort to tie the
After a strong
defensive stand by Team Austria, the two teams exchanged two
scoreless possessions each until late in the fourth quarter.
Rose-Hulman marched for the fourth down touchdown pass from Snyder
to Kovach to tie the score and force the extra session, which ended
on the defensive two-point stop.
Snyder finished 14-27 through the air for 136 yards and two
touchdowns. Kovach led the ground attack with 86 yards on
nine carries, including two touchdowns, and added 62 yards on five
catches with one score.
Eason hauled in three receptions for 33 yards and one
score. Andrew Huddleston added 18 yards on
three receptions. Calvin Bueltel contributed
55 rushing yards on 11 carries, and Snyder added 34 rushing
Defensively, Andrew Couch had a team-high eight
tackles and Bobby Short added six stops.
Voges contributed five solo hits and a 53-yard interception return,
with Martin pitching in with five stops and one 22-yard
Gross led the Team Austria passing game with 13 of 20 passes for
95 yards. Kliman rushed for 85 yards and one score, and Nerad
adding 61 rushing yards. Ponce de Leon contributed 31 rushing
yards and two scores.
The result also marked a victory for Rose-Hulman in the first
sideline appearance for Sokol and the Fightin' Engineers new
Rose-Hulman will spend two more days in Austria before returning
home. The team opens the 2011 home season against DePauw
University on Sept. 3.