Mount St. Joseph Runs Past Bluffton 52-28; Moves to 2-0 in HCAC Play

GREENWOOD, IN - The College of Mount St. Joseph (2-1, 2-0 HCAC) jumped out early on visiting Bluffton University (1-3, 1-1 HCAC) as the Lions pulled out a 52-28 league win.

First-year Mount quarterback Caleb Watkins (Middletown, Ohio/H.S.) ran for three TDs and threw for two more scores to lead the Lions' attack.

The 52 points scored were the fourth-most in Mount history, while the 552 yards on offense were just six yards short of the team's all-time game record. 

Watkins finished 16-of-23 passing for 199 yards and two scores while David Fulcher (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mason) led a Mount ground attack that piled up 348 yards rushing in 55 attempts (6.3 per carry). Fulcher finished the afternoon with 133 yards on nine carries.

With the win, the Lions keep pace with Franklin and Rose-Hulman in the conference standings at 2-0. 

The Lions are set to travel to Anderson for a 7:00 PM kickoff Saturday night, while Bluffton will travel to Manchester for a 1:30 PM start.

In other action...

No. 14 Franklin College (2-2, 2-0 HCAC) set a new HCAC single game scoring record in an 80-14 win at Earlham College (1-3, 0-2 HCAC) Saturday.  The Grizzlies wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard, tallying 31 points in the first quarter. Senior Jonny West (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) threw five touchdown passes in the first half as FC amassed 608 yards of total offense during the win. Franklin added 21 more points in the second quarter to take a 52-7 halftime advantage. The visitors also scored 21 points in the third quarter. West ended the game 23-of-32 for 287 yards passing and five touchdowns in only one half of action.  The Grizzlies threw for 311 yards, but had a season-best 297 yards rushing in the contest. Sophomore Eli Moore (Kingman, Ind./Fountain Central) led the rushing attack with 79 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the Grizzlies forced six turnovers, including four interceptions. Senior Zach Zehren (Madison, Ind./H.S.) led the effort with two interceptions on the afternoon. Franklin returns to the field on October 12 when it hosts the College of Mount St. Joseph on Homecoming at 1:30 p.m. from Faught Stadium. Earlham will travel to Defiance Saturday afternoon for a 1:30 PM kickoff.

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (2-2, 2-0 HCAC) remained perfect in league play following a 44-30 road win at Manchester University (0-4, 0-2 HCAC) Saturday.  Manchester held a 30-27 lead late in the third quarter, but the visiting Engineers managed to score the game's final 17 points to pull out the victory. Rose senior quarterback Ryan Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) and sophomore Aaron Abbott (Lebanon, Ohio) hooked up on two long touchdown passes, and the defense forced three turnovers to help the Engineers top the Spartans Saturday. Landwehr finished 20-of-33 through the air for 298 yards and three touchdowns, with Abbott recording nine catches for 181 yards and two scores to pace an effort that generated 470 total yards of offense.  Landwehr played a direct hand in all five offensive touchdowns, with three passing and two rushing scores.  Defensively, senior Craig Voges (Huntingburg/Forest Park) returned a fumbled punt for a touchdown and tied for team-high honors with nine tackles.  Freshman Kevin Nowak (Naperville, Ill./Central) had nine tackles and an interception, with senior Cody Rivers (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch) pitching in eight tackles and an interception. Manchester senior quarterback Nick Williams (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Heritage) led the Spartans with 148 yards and two scores through the air, while adding a team-high 96 yards and a score on the ground.  Rose-Hulman will return home to face Hanover Saturday, while Manchester will play host to Bluffton.

Defiance College (1-3, 1-1 HCAC) found the win column for the first time this season, beating Anderson University (0-3, 0-1 HCAC) 34-0 Saturday afternoon.  The Yellow Jackets forced six turnovers and put together 327 yards of total offense en route to DC's first shutout victory in nearly three years. Defiance's last shutout victory came on October 16, 2010, when the Yellow Jackets won 33-0 at Earlham. The stingy Defiance defense picked off four Anderson passes and limited the Ravens to negative yardage rushing in the game with a season high seven sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss.   Andrew Feldhaus (Lutz, Fla./Steinbrenner), who entered the week leading the NCAA in forced fumbles (4), picked up another forced fumble in the game, along with leading the Yellow Jackets defense with nine tackles. The Lutz, Fla. native also had a sack, two tackles for a loss, and two pass break ups in the game. Senior defensive back Tony Sierra (Warren, Mich./Cousino) picked off two of the four Defiance interceptions in the game, bringing his season total to four on the year. Sierra also had five tackles in the game and broke up four more passes. For the fourth time this season, Defiance has produced more total yards of offense than its opponents. The 234 yards rushing for the Yellow Jackets was a season high and the -21 yards rushing allowed is the first time that DC has held an opponent to negative yards rushing since the Yellow Jackets held Bluffton to -6 yards in 2006. Defiance will play host to Earlham Saturday, while Anderson will entertain Mount St. Joseph.

Hanover College (0-3, 0-1 HCAC) was IDLE this week and will travel to Rose-Hulman at 1:30 PM Saturday.

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