Franklin Falls in Thriller at No. 1 Ranked Mount Union Highlighting Opening Weekend

Franklin Falls in Thriller at No. 1 Ranked Mount Union Highlighting Opening Weekend

GREENWOOD, IN - No. 13 ranked Franklin College (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) had the top ranked team on the ropes Saturday in Alliance, Ohio as the Grizzlies fell to Mount Union 30-27.  Franklin scored 27 second-half points and held a fourth-quarter lead before losing to the defending national champions in the season opener.

The Grizzlies held a 27-23 advantage with 7:09 left in the game after a one-yard score from junior Sam Otley (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli)

The Purple Raiders answered right back on the following drive to regain the lead as Mason Minnich capped off a seven-play, 79-yard drive to give the hosts a 30-27 lead with 4:17 left in the game.

Franklin's 27 points were the most that Mount Union had allowed since a game in the 2004 season. 

Individually, senior quarterback Jonny West (Speedway, Ind./H.S.) went 16-of-29 for 203 yards with two touchdowns to lead the passing attack.

The FC offense finished with 281 yards against the stout Mount Union defense, while the Purple Raiders tallied 424 yards against the FC defense. 

Franklin returns to action on Saturday at 6:00 PM as Butler University comes to town for the first night game at Faught Stadium.

In other action...

Anderson University (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) had trouble moving the football in a 58-7 loss to rival Taylor University in the annual Wagon Wheel game.  The Ravens offense gained 134 yards of total offense in the loss, while the Trojans racked up 441 yards in route to capturing the sixth-straight win in the series.  The Ravens will look to get back on track this weekend as AU hosts Grove City Saturday.

Bluffton University (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) opened the season with a 37-20 setback at Ohio Wesleyan Saturday.  The Beavers held a slight 10-7 advantage late in the first quarter before the hosts stretched the advantage to 30-13 at the half.  The Bluffton defense surrendered 521 yards of total offense and 33 first downs in the loss.  BU will return home to face Baldwin Wallace Saturday afternoon at 1:30 PM.

Defiance College (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) could not quite pull out the win on the road at Albion College, falling to the Britons 32-29 in the season opener.  The Yellow Jackets held a 17-13 lead at the break and led 29-25 early in the fourth quarter before the hosts scored the game-winning touchdown with just over eight minutes remaining in the contest.  DC won the scoreboard battle, racking up 27 first downs to Albion's 11 while outgaining the Britons 513 to 240 in total offense.  The Jackets had trouble securing the football in the loss, coughing up five turnovers.  Freshman quarterback Alex Larson (Highland, Mich./Milford) led DC with 117 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, while completing 24 of his 44 passes for 279 yards and two scores.  Defiance will play host to Adrian Saturday at 1:30 PM.

Earlham College (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) opened the season with a 51-28 loss to Denison on Saturday.  The Quakers offense managed 408 yards of total offense in the loss, while allowing 475 yards of offense to the hosts.  The quarterback tandem of Matt Couch (Versailles, Ky./Woodford Co.) and Alonzo Genelin (Arcadia, Wis./H.S.) combined to throw for 339 yards and four touchdowns, while also tossing four interceptions.  The Quakers will face Kenyon in Richmond Saturday at 3:30 PM.

Hanover College (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) dropped a 49-13 decision at home against Illinois College Saturday afternoon to open the season.  The Panthers fell in a 42-0 hole late in the first half and could not recover.  The Hanover defense allowed 465 total yards to Illinois College, including 252 yards on the ground.  The Panthers finished with 346 yards of offense in the loss.  Hanover will travel to No. 20 ranked Wabash Saturday at 1:00 PM.

Manchester University (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) opened the season Thursday night against Trine, falling to the Thunder 19-3.  The loss snapped the Spartans six game win streak dating back to last season. Senior quarterback Nick Williams (Fort Wayne, Ind./Heritage) and sophomore quarterback Logan Haston (Avon, Ind./H.S.) combined for 222 yards passing, completing 22 of their 43 passes with one interception. The air totals made up for all but 47 of the Spartans' 269 yards of total offense. The visiting Thunder put up 334 yards of total offense in the victory. The Spartans will welcome Kalamazoo to Carl W. Burt Memorial Field on Saturday for a 1:30 PM kickoff.

The College of Mount St. Joseph (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) fell 20-10 at Augustana (IL) to open the 2013 season.  The Lions fell behind 10-0 early in the second quarter, but could never reclaim the lead.  The MSJ offense struggled to move the football against the Vikings defense, totaling 238 yards in the loss.  Both teams turned the ball over four times during the contest.  Mount St. Joseph will return to the field on September 21 as the Lions play host to Hanover in each school's HCAC opener.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (0-1, 0-0 HCAC) fell on the road to Kalamazoo College 28-23 in the season opener for both schools Saturday. Senior quarterback Ryan Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) led the Rose-Hulman offense, completing  19 of his 34 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, while also leading the Engineers with 62 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.  RHIT led 16-7 at halftime and held a 23-21 advantage midway through the fourth quarter, but could not hold on against the Hornets.  Rose-Hulman forced the Hornets into four fumbles for the game, recovering two of them.  Kalamazoo held a slight advantage in total offense, 366-317.  The Engineers return to the field for their home opener Saturday as Centre College comes to Cook Stadium for a 7:00 PM matchup.

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