Host Rose-Hulman parlayed a 14-point first quarter into a 17-14 halftime lead today, and held on to defeat the Lions, 20-14. The Mount drops to 3-3 overall, 2-3 in the HCAC will return to conference action on Oct. 22 when they host Homecoming against Earlham College.
The Fightin' Engineers jumped out to a 14-0 lead today, scoring TDs against the Mount on two of their first four possessions. During those possessions, the Lions came up short with their chances, missing a 39-yard field goal attempt on one drive and ending another drive with a fumble at the Rose 23-yard line. The Mount finally got on the scoreboard on their first possession of the second quarter, as they drove 50 yards in eight plays, as James Clay (Louisville, KY/Manual Dupont) raced in from four yards out. Daniel Dripps (Wapakoneta, OH/Wapakoneta) added the PAT kick to cut the deficit to 14-7.
Jay Dolak (Louisville, KY/Holy Cross) helped the Lions close the gap with just over five minutes left in the second quarter, as he snagged an interception and scored from five yards away. Dripps would add the PAT kick again as the Lions knotted the score at 14-all. Rose-Hulman would forge ahead by a 17-14 score at the half, when they converted a 22-yard field goal to cap a 13-play drive. After a Mount fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Rose-Hulman missed a long field goal attempt near the end of the first half.
Neither team could generate much offense in the second half, as the Fightin' Engineers would end the scoring in the game with just over two minutes left to play when they kicked a 20-yard field goal. Four of the Mount's six second half possessions ended in punts, while one other drive was stopped with a fumble. The Lions converted only two-of-seven third down plays in the second half. The Mount was hampered by penalties - they committed seven in the game - and fumbles, with five, four of which they lost. Rose-Hulman committted only one turnover in the game.
Both teams had 18 first downs in the game, while Rose-Hulman out-gained the Lions in total yards, 326-290. Clay had a game-high 103 yards rushing along with three receptions, while Brian Pitzer (South Salem, OH/McClain) rushed for 74 yards. Pitzer was eight-of-15 passing for 49 yards, no TDs and no interceptions. Zachary Gerber (Payne, OH/Wayne Trace) had three receptions for 26 yards.
Tyler Hopperton (Walton, KY/Simon Kenton) led the Lions' defense with 12 tackles, while Dolak chipped in nine stops and Sean Brooks (Englewood, OH/Northmont) had eight tackles, including 3.5 for loss yards, and a forced fumble.