2008
Football falls in regional rival game

Football falls in regional rival game
September 20, 2008

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

The Benedictine football team found itself on the down side of a 49-9 non-conference loss at home to regional rival North Central College on Saturday night. The Eagles fell to 0-2 on the year after the loss to the Cardinals, ranked No. 12 in the nation entering the contest. NCC held a 446 yards to 261 yards advantage in total offense. However, the two teams were nearly identical in passing offense, as Benedictine had 174 aerial yards and the Cardinals managed 178. The real difference came on the ground, where North Central's experienced rushing attack rolled up a 268-87 yards margin. The Cardinals had two touchdown passes in the first quarter - one on their very first play from scrimmage - to go up 14-0 by the end of the quarter. That advantage was upped to 35-3 by the intermission. Benedictine's lone score of the first half came via the foot of Brian Goff, who connected on a 42-yard field goal. Goff's kick was the longest ever by an Eagles' player at The Sports Complex and the second-longest in the venue's history. NCC would ad tallies in each of the final stanzas, while Benedictine's offense was kept out of the end zone. The Eagles' only TD of the contest came via freshman returns specialist John Borsellino, who brought back the kickoff following NCC's final score for an 89-yard touchdown of his own. Goff missed the ensuing point after kick for the final 49-9 score. It was Goff's first collegiate PAT miss, after the sophomore had gone 15-for-15 in his young career. BU freshman quarterback Derek Hitt was 15-for-29 for all 174 passing yards by the Eagles. Hitt connected with sophomore Brandin Austin seven times for 64 yards, while Borsellino had two grabs for 59 yards. Defensively, junior Kyle Schulz led the Eagles with eight total tackles (five solo). Schulz and Eddie Hill Jr. were credited with a sack, as well. Junior linebacker Ryan Koziczynski had seven tackles. For more Athletics News, visit the Athletics Web site.

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Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.