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November 9, 2013

Rose-Hulman's win puts Engineers into first-place tie

ANDERSON — Rose-Hulman took care of its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference football business Saturday, and also got a little help.

The Engineers’ 42-14 victory at Anderson was coupled with a stunning 24-17 upset by Bluffton over ninth-ranked Franklin to move Rose into a tie for first place in the conference standings.

Rose clinches no worse than a tie for first by winning next Saturday at Earlham, and would get the HCAC’s automatic bid if Hanover would beat Franklin that day.

At Anderson, Rose gained 588 yards of total offense for the third-best single-game performance in program history, rattled off 42 consecutive points and secured their first winning season since 2010.

Ryan Landwehr led the Rose-Hulman offense with two passing and two rushing touchdowns. Landwehr finished 26 for 39 through the air for 309 yards and rushed for 67 yards.

Danya Francis balanced the attack with 72 rushing yards and one touchdown. Greg Lee added a 69-yard touchdown reception and also scored on a 10-yard run.

Alec Fisher led the receivers with eight receptions for 73 yards. Sterling Mitchell added six catches for 70 yards and a touchdowns and Connor Gerhart added four catches for 44 yards. Kris Geyer-Roberts and Zac Erba had three receptions each.

Defensively, Dean Griffing paced Rose-Hulman with 10 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. Cody Rivers added 10 assistsed tackles and one interception, Craig Voges had nine tackles and one forced fumble and Chad Compton also had an interception.

Anderson jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, courtesy of a 69-yard touchdown run by Johnel Wortham and a 3-yard scoring pass from Brady Cavinee to Zack Moe.

Rose-Hulman answered with two touchdowns. Landwehr scored from 1 yard out to cap a 14-play drive with 8:55 left in the first half, and a 3-yard touchdown run by Francis with 2:55 left in the first half capped another 14-play drive; Matt Angel tied the score with his second straight extra point.

The game changed momentum on the final four plays of the first half. Rose-Hulman forced a fourth-and-goal on the 1-yard line in the final seconds, the Ravens decided to attempt a field goal to gain the lead, but the 19-yard attempt was missed. Three plays later, on the last play of the first half, Landwehr connected with Lee on a 68-yard touchdown pass to give Rose-Hulman a 20-14 lead at the intermission.

The Engineers scored seven points in the third quarter and 15 in the fourth. Lee scored from 10 yards midway through the third quarter, then Landwehr connected with Mitchell on a 31-yard scoring strike with 13:23 left in the fourth quarter. The final score of the day capped another 10-play drive and ended on a 1-yard plunge by Landwehr with 5:18 remaining.

Rose-Hulman improved to 6-3 overall and 6-1 in league play, while Anderson dropped to 0-9 and 0-7 in conference games.

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