Do the Dewey! Eagles earn comeback win, 14-10
November 8, 2008
Dave Beyer, Sports Inofrmation Director
Benedictine University linebacker Alex Dewey returned an intercepted pass 26 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to provide the deciding margin in a 14-10 victory at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The win upped the Eagles' overall record to 3-6 and evened the team's Northern Athletics Conference mark at 3-3.
On a day that was cold, windy and rainy compliments of Mother Nature - and the Benedictine offense was unable to control the tempo of the game - it was the Eagles' defense that took center stage. After giving the host Warriors 10 first quarter points, the defensive settled in to pitch a shutout the final three stanzas. Led by Dewey's 12 tackles in the game, at no time was the unit's mettle tested more than on the final two WLC possessions of the game.
After Wisconsin Lutheran had built the early 10-0 advantage in the game early on, neither team was able to score in the second and third periods. Late in the third quarter, however, Benedictine began its first march to the end zone after Eddie Hill Jr. intercepted a Warrior pass near midfield. Steven Donovan got a hand on the pass to deflect the ball to Hill on the play. A subsequent personal foul penalty on Hill made it a first-and-ten from BU's own 36 yard line.
Benedictine yo-yo'd up and down the field, thanks to some nice rushes, which were either nullified or diminished by an uncharacteristic four penalties in the series. Finally, a 25 yard Dave Klinger to John Borsellino aerial made it first-and-goal from the Warrior eight yard line as the third period expired.
Ryan Schwartz - 25 carries for 108 yards - bulled his way down to the one. From there, a quick dive by fullback Eric Ritter, and subsequent extra point kick by Brian Goff, made it 10-7 at 14:10 of the fourth quarter.
The teams exchanged punts or turned the ball over on downs for the majority of the final segment. WLC had the ball and the lead with 5:18 left and things looked bleak for the Eagles.
On a third-and-three from his own 28, Warrior quarterback Josh McCormick was looking to keep the drive alive and force Benedictine to begin using its timeouts. McCormick dropped back and appeared to be looking for a little screen pass to the middle of the field for first down yardage.
After releasing the ball, however, McCormick found the only one occupying that middle territory was BU's Dewey, who took a couple of steps forward, caught the errant aerial right in the numbers and just kept streaking forward the 26 yards to the end zone, untouched, with 3:54 left in the game.
The extra point made it the eventual 14-10 final score...but Benedictine was still not out of the woods.
On the ensuing series, Wisconsin Lutheran showed it still had some life in it. Beginning matters on its own 34 yard line, Dewey made a tackle in the backfield for a two-yard loss. On the very next play, McCormick unleashed a perfect strike to wide receiver Dominique Johnson for a 47 yard gainer all the way to the BU 21 yard line.
A 12-yard WLC rush made it first-and-goal from the Benedictine nine with just over one minute left in the game. A rush on first down netted just one yard down to the Eagles' eight.
From there, McCormick tried to find Johnson on two-consecutive pass attempts, but both fell incomplete to make it fourth-and-goal. WLC called two of its three remaining timeouts to make sure it had everything in order for the do-or-die final play with 1:01 left on the clock.
McCormick's final pass attempt was thwarted by Benedictine's Matt Kunz in the near-side corner of the end zone. With the ball coming over on downs, the Eagles' offense was able to close out the game in the "victory formation", taking a knee the final three downs to burn the remaining time off of the clock.
In addition to Dewey's big day, defensive back Mike Hatfield had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery. Kunz finished with eight tackles. Hill had five tackles, as did Al Sarno and Kyle Schulz. Tim Shanahan had two pass break-ups.
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.