Eagles drop season opener in football

Eagles drop season opener in football
September 1, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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Elmhurst College scored early and often on its way to a 52-3 non-conference win at Benedictine University. The Bluejays (1-0) led 52-0 before the Eagles (0-1) managed a fourth quarter field goal. Elmhurst's offense racked up 426 yards, 243 through the air. The Bluejays defense smothered the Benedictine offensive unit, permitting a net total of 101 yards. EC led 21-0 after one quarter and 28-0 at the intermission, before canning 24 points in the third period. Four different Bluejay quarterbacks completed 15-of-29 passes, good for four aerial touchdowns. Starter Chris Kudyba was 10-for-14 for 157 yards and three scoring strikes. Blake Veldhuis caught five passes for 107 yards and three TDs. Ryan Gierke and Matt D'Angelo each collected over 50-yards receiving for Elmhurst. On the ground, the 'Jays were paced by 70 yards on 10 carries from Ryan Sonntag. Benedictine freshman Eric Ritter carried five times for 36 yards to lead the Eagles. Starting signal-caller Andrew Ramus was 15-for-25, but managed just 59 yards through the air. Ramus was also intercepted three times and sacked four times. Benedictine sophomore inebacker Devin Montgomery led all tacklers in the game with 16 stops. Montgomery also had an interception, as did senior defensive back Kyle Bruett. Senior transfer Bob McLearen had two sacks for 15 yards in losses on EC quarterbacks. Elmhurst's defense turned in three picks of their own, one each by Kyle Maple, Dane Paul and Jake Brashares. Brashares also had a fumble recovery, while Maple had a team-high eight tackles (seven solo).


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.