GREENWOOD, IN - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (5-3, 5-1 HCAC) honored 20 seniors and recorded its first shutout since 2006 with a 34-0 victory over the College of Mount St. Joseph (5-3, 5-2 HCAC) Saturday.
Senior Ryan Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe Valley) tossed three touchdown passes and finished 19 of 27 for 250 yards to lead the 384-yard offensive attack.
Senior Danya Francis (Kissimmee, Fla./Celebration) added a pair of touchdown runs to provide the rest of the scoring for Rose.
Defensively, the Engineers dominated Mount St. Joseph by forcing four turnovers and amassing six sacks to record its first shutout since a 25-0 win at North Park in 2006.
Senior D.J. Lawson (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) had two sacks and three tackles-for-loss, and senior Dean Griffing (Plano, Ill./Aurora Christian) added six tackles, three tackles-for-loss and one sack to lead the defensive line performance.
Mount St. Joseph was held to just 48 yards rushing on 37 carries and 273 total yards of offense on the afternoon.
Rose-Hulman remains alive in the HCAC championship race with two games remaining. The Engineers will travel to Anderson for a 1:30 PM kickoff Saturday.
Mount St. Joseph will conclude its portion of the conference schedule at home against Earlham Saturday.
In other action...
The No. 11 ranked Franklin College (6-2, 6-0 HCAC) football team remained perfect in league play with a 41-7 victory over Defiance College (3-6, 3-4 HCAC) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day. The senior class at Franklin is 30-0 in HCAC games and is looking to become the first team to win four consecutive league titles. Senior preseason All-American quarterback Jonny West (Speedway, Ind./H.S.) increased his NCAA Division III lead for touchdown passes, tossing for five scores in the victory. West now has thrown for 35 touchdowns this season. The Grizzlies recorded 438 yards of total offense, including 308 yards through the air. Joey Pasquale (Noblesville, Ind./H.S.) led the ground attack with 124 yards, becoming the team's first 100-yard rusher of the season. He also had nine catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. West completed 30 of his 48 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns on the afternoon. Senior Kyle Linville (Speedway, Ind./H.S.) was his main target with 15 catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Franklin moved up to No. 9 in the latest D3football.com Top 25 Poll and can lock up a share of the conference title with a win at Bluffton Saturday. Defiance will return to action on Saturday, November 16 to close the season against rival Bluffton.
Hanover College (4-4, 4-2 HCAC) won its fourth straight contest, defeating Earlham College (2-6, 1-5 HCAC) 28-14 Saturday. Senior quarterback Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky./Male) threw for two scores and junior running back Spencer Corrao (New Albany, Ind./Our Lady of Providence) rushed for a pair to lead the scoring attack. Sophomore defensive lineman Jake Stilwell (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) had two sacks in the outing, setting a school single-season record. Stilwell's effort raised his sack total to 15 for the season, eclipsing the mark of 14 set during the 1999 campaign by former all-American Jason Welty. Hanover totaled 377 yards of offense, with 192 coming on the ground. Corrao led the rushing effort with 121 yards on 21 carries. Britt, who also completed 16 of his 23 passes for 185 yards, rushed 11 times for 31 yards. The Panthers' defense limited Earlham to 228 yards, including only 49 rushing yards. Hanover will welcome Manchester for a 1:30 PM kickoff Saturday, while Earlham will travel to Mount St. Joseph.
Bluffton University (2-6, 2-4 HCAC) ended a four game losing streak with a 28-0 win over Anderson University (0-8, 0-6 HCAC) Saturday afternoon. Junior running back Eric Fox (Brunswick, Ohio/H.S.) rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries to pace the Beavers' offense. Freshman quarterback Conner Sheehan (Monroeville, Ind./Heritage) completed 19 passes for 212 yards and three scores. Senior Shawn Frost (Edison, Ohio/Mt. Gilead) hauled in five passes for 81 yards and a pair of scores. The Bluffton defense limited Anderson to only 157 yards of offense and seven first downs on the afternoon. Sophomore defensive lineman Ryan Aelker (New Bavaria, Ohio/Holgate) registered three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in the win. Bluffton will welcome No. 9 Franklin for a 1:30 PM kickoff Saturday, while Anderson will entertain Rose-Hulman.
Manchester University (2-6, 2-4 HCAC) was IDLE this week and will travel to Hanover at 1:30 PM Saturday.