2007
Football falls to nationally-ranked team on the road

Football falls to nationally-ranked team on the road
September 15, 2007

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

For the young Benedictine University football squad, it was just a bad confluence of circumstances on Saturday night at North Central College. The result was a 47-0 loss at the hands of the host Cardinals. The combination of a veteran NCC lineup, a Benedictine roster that sports just 23 juniors and seniors out of 111 players and the fact that North Central entered the game as the 13th-ranked team in the nation by d3football.com was a precursor for exactly what would transpire. Mix in playing your longtime geographic rival on their home turf and then committing four turnovers (compared to none by the Cardinals). The result was the sixth-conseuctibe win by NCC over Benedictine. BU sophomore quarterback Dan Cebulak - who came on in relief of starter Andrew Ramus in third quarter - was three-of-four passing for 37 yards. Ramus had gone six-of-13 for 42 yards. Cebulak's 22 yard aerial to Nate Driessens was the Eagles' longest pass completion of the season. The Cardinals also effectively shut off the Benedictine ground game. Sophomore tailback Ryan Schwartz managed just 26 yards on 13 carries (after torching North Park for 204 yards the previous week). Fullback Tim Meyer had 21 yards on nine attempts. Freshman Kyle Lee added 19 yards on seven carries. The four turnovers by Benedictine, along with great special teams eforts by NCC, was a reason that North Central's average starting field position for the game was their own 47 yard line. Conversely, Benedictine's average starting point was their own 22. On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore defensive back Patrick Daniels led Benedictine with nine tackles (seven solo). Senior defnsive lineman Micahel Chapman added eight stops, while fellow senior Bob McLearen had six tackles (two for losses totalling five yards). North Central runningback Dominic Sulo dominated the game and set the tone early. Sulo carried the ball 21 times for 150 yards (all in the first half). He also scored the Cardinals' first two TDs of the game on runs of 18 and seven yards, respectively. NCC out-gained Benedictine in total offense, 346 to 79 yards. After a difficult stretch of three successive games versus opponents from the CCIW, Benedictine will open Illini-Badger Football Conference action next Saturday at Concordia University Chicago. Kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. Mark Vasko and Andy Schultz will call the action live via the Benedictine web site.

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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.