2007
Football steamrolls MacMurray for 4th-straight win

Football steamrolls MacMurray for 4th-straight win
October 27, 2007

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

The Benedictine University football team notched its fourth-consecutive win with a 42-0 win over MacMurray College at home on Saturday. The Eagles improved to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Illini-Badger Football Conference. Benedictine dominated on both the offensive and defensive aspects of the game in assuring itself of the third-straight season with an improved won-lost record under head coach Jon Cooper. The Eagles defense limited the Highlanders to just 60 yards of total offense - all on the ground - as the team forced five turnovers (three interceptions and two fumble recoveries). MacMurray managed just six first downs in the game and average 1.2 yards per play. Free safety Pat Daniels snagged his team-leading sixth interception, while fellow defensive back Matt Kunz intercepted the other two Highlander aerials. Kyle Schulz and Ryan Kozicynski each recovered a fumble. Michael Chapman picked up a sack, as well. Sophomore linebacker Alex Dewey led the assauly with nine tackles (eight solo). Offensively, the Eagles utilized the ground game to the fullest on its way to 239 rushing yards as a unit. Four backs had 40-plus yards rushing, led by freshman Kyle Lee's 55 yards on 14 carries. Fullback Eric Ritter and starting tailback Ryan Schwartz each had 47 yards on six and 12 carries, respectively. Reserve fullback Tim Meyer added 44 yards on six carries. Lee, Ritter and Ted Green all had rushing touchdowns, as well. The Eagles only went to the air when necessary and amde the most of those opportunities under freshman quarterback Andrew Ramus. Ramus completed six-of-nine passes (to six different receivers) for 83 yards and three touchdowns. Catching Ramus' TD strikes was Schwartz (28 yards), Nate Driessens (16 yards) and Ritter (nine yards). Benedictine will face IBFC co-leader Concordia University (Wis.) at home next Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in the regular season finale.

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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.