2007
Football falls in finale, 7-0

Football falls in finale, 7-0
November 3, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

For Benedictine University, a great run through the latter portion of the 2007 season came to an end Saturday, as the Eagles closed out the campaign with a tough, 7-0, loss to Concordia University (Wis.). The Eagles finish the season 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the Illini-Badger Football Conference, while CUW garnered a share of the league’s top spot (with Lakeland College). The loss also snapped Benedictine's winning streak at four games. Both defenses were in control of their portion of the game. The difference was the fact that the Falcons mustered just a little more offense, while the Eagles’ offense was kept out of the end zone entirely. CUW managed 246 yards to 147 by BU. The lone score of the game came with just 10 seconds left until halftime. Just when it looked as though the teams would go into the locker room in a scoreless tie, the Eagles were flagged for a helmet-to-helmet foul which moved which put the ball on the BU 30 yard line with 19 tics remaining and CUW with no timeouts left. Unfortunately for Benedictine, before the ball was even snapped, the Eagles were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct while complaining about the previous call. That moved the ball down to the BU 15. Two plays later, the Falcons were in the end zone when Nathan Chart hit Taylor Siolka for the touchdown aerial. The Eagles’ defense unleashed itself on Concordia’s backfield, turning in five sacks and coming up with two fumble recoveries. The final fumble was by CUW’s Jerome Walker and the game apparently in control. The Falcons had just held Benedictine out of the end zone on a first-and-goal from the seven, taking over on downs with 2:51 left to play. On Walker’s second carry, the ball was jarred loose by BU’s Pat Daniels and recovered by Matt Kunz on the Falcon 14 with 1:12 left to play. A pass interference penalty against CUW, made it first-and-goal from the two with 58-seconds left. Two runs by Ryan Schwartz netted no yards and a third down pass was dropped by Dan Cebulak. On the fourth down play, Benedictine’s Andrew Ramus lofted a pass in the end zone that was intercepted by CUW’s Dontrell Hall to preserve the win for the Falcons. The loss overshadowed the Eagles’ defensive effort, led by Alex Dewey’s 10 tackles. Daniels and Bob Corey each had nine stops, while Kyle Bruett had eight tackles. Coret had two sacks, while Kyle Schulz, Dan Miller and Bob McLearen each had one sack, apiece. Devin Montgomery had his team’s other fumble recovery. Also not to be lost in the shuffle is the fact that the Eagles team had its third-straight improved won-lost record in as many years under current head coach Jon Cooper. It was also Benedictine’s first .500 season since 2000.

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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.