TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
retained the Battle of the Borders Broadsword and completed a
perfect 5-0 home record as they defeated the Earlham College
Quakers 40-15 on Senior Day.
The Engineers offense rushed for a season high 332 yards
and featured two runners with eclipsing 100 yards. Graduate
student Calvin Bueltel (Huntingburg/Southridge)
led the Engineers with 197 yards on 35 carries and three
Sophomore Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean)
rushed for 101 yards on 21 carries and also reached the end zone
once. Kovach reached 100 yards for the fifth straight time
this season while Bueltel moved into sixth place in school history
for career rushing yards, finishing with 2,496.
The 332 rushing yards by the Fightin' Engineers stands as
the most in a Rose-Hulman game since the squad gained 371 rushing
yards in a win over Earlham in 1998.
Defensively, the Engineers were led by senior
Scott Eaton (Fishers/Hamilton Southeastern) who
recorded nine tackles and also picked up one interception.
Senior Austin Davis (Franklin) chipped in with
eight tackles, including two tackles-for-loss.
Senior Matt Behling (Columbus/North) led
the team with two sacks on five tackles. Sophomore
Jordan Martin (Shelbyville/Triton Central)
(pictured) recorded one interception for his team high
fifth interception on the season to rank fourth overall in the HCAC
The Quakers scored on their second possession to give them
an early 7-0 lead on a one yard run by Woody Earls, set up by a
440yard run the previous play by James Kayhill.
Rose-Hulman answered with a 28-yard field goal by junior
Nick Schneider (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) on
the next possession to make the score 7-3.
After stopping Earlham in three plays, Bueltel ran around
the left side for a 57-yard touchdown to give the Engineers a 10-7
lead after the first quarter.
Freshman Craig Voges (Huntingburg/Forest
Park) recovered an Earlham fumbled punt, giving the
Engineers a short field, which Bueltel used to extended the
Rose-Hulman lead to 17-7 midway through the second quarter, scoring
his second touchdown of the day on a one-yard run carry.
After taking the 17-7 lead into halftime, the Engineers
came out and took control, scoring on two of the first three
possessions of the second half. Kovach scampered for an 18
yard touchdown after the Engineers recovered an on-side kick which
gave Rose-Hulman a short field.
Bueltel scored his third
touchdown on a four-yard scamper, giving the Rose-Hulman a 30-7
lead after the Schneider extra point. Martin picked off an
Earlham pass to set up the drive.
Schneider added another field
goal to extend the lead early in the fourth quarter.
Earlham quarterback James Mees
ran for a seven-yard touchdown and also completed a pass to Kyle
Ripperger to move the score to 33-15 midway through the final
Hill (New Palestine) answered by throwing his first career
touchdown pass to fellow senior Reed Eason (St. Louis,
Mo./Parkway North) for a 22 yard touchdown completion
giving the Engineers the 40-15 winning margin after the extra
point. Eason's three receptions on the day gave him a school
record career total of 200 receptions to finish his collegiate
Rose-Hulman finished their
season 6-4 overall for its fifth straight winning season. The
Engineers also secured fourth place in the Heartland Collegiate
Athletic Conference standings and the 400th football win in school
history with the victory.