TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored
24 first quarter points to earn a 31-20 Homecoming victory over
Hanover College on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Kyle Kovach
(Munster/Andrean) led the Fightin' Engineer offense with
124 yards on 36 carries, including a 49-yard touchdown run that
gave the Engineers a 7-0 lead. Junior Mitch Snyder
(Casey, Ill./Westfield) balanced the attack with a 12-25
effort for 112 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
Rose-Hulman relied on its defense and special teams for key
plays in the victory. The special teams helped the Engineers
earn a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter, when freshman
Grant DePalma (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect)
blocked a Hanover punt that was returned seven yards for a
touchdown by junior Alex Sonneberger (Edon,
Defensively, the Fightin' Engineers forced five
turnovers and recorded seven sacks to earn the hard fought
victory. Senior Matt Green (Cincinnati,
Ohio/LaSalle) led the defensive effort with 15 tackles,
including 11 solo efforts, three pass breakups and two sacks.
Other key contributors to the defensive effort included
sophomore Dean Griffing (Plano, Ill./Aurora
Christian) with seven tackles, four tackles-for-loss, one
fumble recovery and two hurries; senior Ben Parker
(Fillmore/South Putnam) with a career-high 2.5 sacks;
sophomore T.J. Chin (Morehead, Ky./Rowan County)
and sophomore Josh Yoder (Carmel) with fumble
recoveries; and senior Bobby Short (Martinsville,
Ill.) and sophomore Cody Rivers (Coconut Creek,
Fla./Monarch) with interceptions.
Junior Eric Schaible (Findlay,
Ohio) added a historic punting performance by tying school
records with 11 punts for 424 yards, including a school record six
punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
Hanover also had its moments offensively, with C.J. Croft
leading the Panthers in a 21-43 passing performance with 302 yards
and two touchdowns while also rushing for 72 yards on 13
carries. Dwayne Eubanks led the receivers with five
receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
The victory also marked the first career NCAA coaching victory
for first-year Rose-Hulman head coach Jeff
After Rose-Hulman built its 14-0 first quarter lead
on the Kovach score and punt block touchdown, Snyder connected with
freshman Dominic Sena (Moss Beach, Calif./Half Moon
Bay) on a diving 24-yard touchdown pass to give the
Engineers a 21-0 first quarter edge.
Senior Nick Schneider (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua
Valley) moved into second place on Rose-Hulman's career
field goal list with his 23rd kick from 28 yards out to give the
Engineers a 24-0 lead after a frantic first quarter.
Hanover closed to within 24-17 at halftime on two Croft to
Eubanks touchdown passes of 42 and 29 yards, and a 21-yard field
goal by Dylan Dunlop.
Rose-Hulman relied on a clutch reception off a
tipped pass to move ahead by a 31-17 margin. Junior
Parris Gray (Richmond) caught a double tipped pass
and sprinted 23 yards for a touchdown to give the Engineers a
two-score lead early in the second half.
Hanover added a 39-yard field goal from Dunlop in the first
minute of the fourth quarter, but clutch defensive plays from
forced pressure and an offense able to run the clock in the final
quarter allowed Rose-Hulman to earn the victory.
Rose-Hulman improved to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference play with the victory. Hanover
dropped to 1-3 and 1-1 in league contests. The Fightin'
Engineers travel to Manchester College on Saturday.