TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman looks to earn its first football conference championship since 1988 in Saturday’s Battle of the Borders Broadsword matchup at Earlham. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.
The Engineers (6-1, 6-3) would earn at least a share of their 11th conference championship in 119 years of football with a win at Earlham (2-7, 1-6) on Saturday. Rose-Hulman would earn its first ever trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs with a win over Earlham and a loss by Franklin against Hanover on Saturday.
The contest also features another edition of the Battle of the Borders Broadsword series. The Engineers have won every meeting since the inception of the award in 2001, and have won 19 of the last 20 series meetings against Earlham. The award is named to honor Rose-Hulman as the Western border and Earlham as the Eastern border of Indiana.
Rose-Hulman has won six of its seven conference games to move into a tie for first place in the HCAC standings with No. 23 Franklin, including last week’s 42-14 victory at Anderson.
Senior Ryan Landwehr set a single-season school record with 211 pass completions this year at Anderson last week. He needs 27 passing yards on Saturday at Earlham to move into third place on the single-season yardage list, and would need 336 yards to move into second place. Landwehr could also set a new single-season record for total offense with 195 yards at Earlham.
Senior Danya Francis has balanced the running game with 538 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Rose-Hulman’s offensive line has also yielded just 11 sacks this season, the fewest in the HCAC.
Defensively, freshman Kevin Nowak leads Rose-Hulman with 68 tackles and eight pass breakups along with two interceptions. Chris Sander and T.J. Chin have added depth to the secondary with 59 and 55 tackles, respectively, and Anthony Adamo has a team-high three interceptions.