Rose-Hulman Pulls Out 23-19 Comeback Win Over Defiance on HCAC Opening Weekend
GREENWOOD, IN - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (1-2, 1-0 HCAC) utilized a second half comeback effort at Cook Stadium to defeat Defiance College (0-3, 0-1 HCAC) 23-19 Saturday.
The Engineers accounted for 213 of their 287 offensive yards in the second half, kick started by the third quarter's opening 11-play, 69-yard drive when down by 10 points.
Rose-Hulman scored the next 13 points to take a 23-13 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Defiance scored on a 55-yard fumble recovery by Andrew Feldhaus (Lutz, Fla./Steinbrenner) with six minutes to play to close within 23-19.
Rose-Hulman's defense held the Defiance offensive unit scoreless in the second half to preserve the victory.
Rose-Hulman quarterback Ryan Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) finished the game 14 of 25 for 139 yards passing and one touchdown to lead the Engineers.
Defiance quarterback Sean Washington (Daytona Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) rushed for 83 yards and a score on 21 carries and threw for 146 yards in the loss.
Rose-Hulman will travel north to face Manchester Saturday, while Defiance will tangle with Anderson.
In other action...
Bluffton University (1-2, 1-0 HCAC) kicked off the conference schedule with a 36-21 home win over Earlham College (1-2, 0-1 HCAC) Saturday afternoon. Donovan Brown (Cincinnati, Ohio/Purcell Marian) hauled in three touchdown passes to lead the Beavers offense, finishing with 71 yards on six receptions. Junior quarterback Nick Sheehan (Monroeville, Ind./Heritage) completed 23 of his 39 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Shawn Frost (Edison, Ohio/Mt. Gilead) grabbed a team-high eight receptions for 80 yards, including a spectacular one-handed touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. Bluffton's offense totaled 29 first downs and 381 total yards against the Quakers defense. Earlham's Jalen Kenner (Reserve, La./East St. John) led the way offensively for the Quakers, catching seven passes for 121 yards. Bluffton will travel south to face Mount St. Joseph Saturday, while Earlham will return home to face No. 14 Franklin at 1:30 PM.
No. 14 Franklin College (1-2, 1-0 HCAC) found the win column for the first time this season, finishing off Manchester University (0-3, 0-1 HCAC) 48-7 at Faught Stadium. Franklin senior quarterback Jonny West (Speedway, Ind./H.S.) completed 30 of his 34 passes and threw four touchdowns to lead the FC offense. The blue and gold scored on five of its first seven offensive possessions for 20 first-quarter points. The team gained 427 yards of offense and scored in all six trips inside the red zone. The Franklin defense limited the visiting Spartans to 236 yards of total offense and 15 first downs on the afternoon. Defensively for Franklin, sophomore Keaton Lyons (Rensselaer, Ind./Rensselaer Central) had a team-high eight tackles, including two sacks. Franklin is set to face Earlham in Richmond Saturday at 1:30 PM, while Manchester returns home to face Rose-Hulman.
College of Mount St. Joseph (1-1, 1-0 HCAC) outscored Hanover College (0-3, 0-1 HCAC) 13-0 in the second half to pull out a 16-13 home win. Mount sophomore kicker Shane Kelly (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) kicked a 32-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to play to deliver the win to the Lions. Kelly's go-ahead field goal, his third field goal of the game, culminated a 10-play, 55-yard, 2:03 drive which started on the Mount 30-yard line. The score capped off a 16-0 scoring run for MSJ. The Lions held the edge in first downs (20-18), rushing yards (154-114), passing yards (210-187), and total yards (364-301). Mount St. Joseph will play host to Bluffton Saturday afternoon. Hanover will return to the field on Saturday, October 5 at Rose-Hulman.
Anderson University (0-2, 0-0 HCAC) was IDLE this week and will host Defiance at 2:30 PM Saturday.