Rose-Hulman Tops Earlham, Keeps Broadsword

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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 touchdowns.

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 this season.

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 quarter.

Senior J.D. 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 career.

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.