Release courtesy of Rose-Hulman
RICHMOND, IN -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology captured its first football conference championship since 1988 with a 53-15 victory over Earlham College on Saturday afternoon.
The Fightin' Engineers shared HCAC championship honors with nationally ranked Franklin College by finishing 7-1 during the conference schedule. Franklin will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs by virtue of its head-to-head victory over Rose-Hulman during conference play.
The 2013 Rose-Hulman team joins squads from 1953, 1957, 1958, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1986, and 1988 as a football conference championship team. The effort marks the 11th conference championship in the 119-year history of Fightin' Engineer football.
Rose-Hulman also finished with an overall record of 7-3 to match the most wins in a season since 1988. The 1988 squad won the most recent title as a member of the College Athletic Conference.
Individually, senior Ryan Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe Valley) tied two single-game school records on the afternoon. He finished 22-29 for 222 yards and five passing touchdowns to tie the single-game passing touchdowns mark set by Jason Duff against Washington University from 1987.
Landwehr also rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns to tie the single-game school record for touchdowns responsible for in a game with seven, tying the mark set in 1943 by Eddie McGovern.
Senior Danya Francis (Kissimmee, Fla./Celebration) crossed the 100-yard mark in his final college game, gaining 107 yards on 23 carries with one touchdown. Four receivers combined for 18 receptions as part of a balanced offensive attack.
Rose-Hulman gained 467 yards on the afternoon. Landwehr set a single-season record with 2,908 yards of total offense and the Fightin' Engineers gained over 4,100 yards for the second-most yards of total offense in a season in school history.
Defensively, senior Craig Voges (Huntingburg, Ind./Forest Park) led Rose-Hulman with 10 tackles. Freshman Kevin Nowak (Naperville, Ill./Central) snagged two interceptions, and senior T.J. Chin (Morehead, Ky./Rowan County) also contributed eight tackles to the effort.