2008
In the end, football pulls away for 51-28 win over CUC

In the end, football pulls away for 51-28 win over CUC
November 15, 2008

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

Benedictine University’s football team closed the books on the 2008 season on an up note, topping Concordia University Chicago, 51-28, at The Sports Complex. The Eagles (4-6, 4-3 NAC) finished the campaign by winning four of their last five games. The Cougars made it a close game late in the third period, cutting the Eagles’ advantage to an uncomfortable 30-28. However, Benedictine’s 21-point avalanche in the fourth quarter buried CUC and for the Benedictine Spirit Squad - which does leg kicks corresponding to the total number of points on the board for the Eagles after each score by the team – the final stanza must have seemed like an endless Jane Fonda workout video. Benedictine used its strong rushing attack to secure the win. The Eagles had 395 rushing yards, led by sophomore fullback Eric Ritter. Ritter carried 21 times for 130 yards and a one-yard touchdown that proved to be the deciding points of the game. Tailback Ryan Schwartz had 98 yards on 14 carries and a pair of touchdowns before leaving the game with a leg injury. Senior fullback Tim Meyer had 11 carries for 80 yards and two TDs in his final game as an Eagle. Freshman reserve tailback Mark Lathers had the Eagles’ other rushing touchdown – an 11 yard jaunt – and totaled 35 yards gained on four attempts. Benedictine’s final score of the day came, appropriately, from another of its seniors and this time on defense. Cornerback Matt Kunz, who played in every game during his four-year career at BU, put the icing on the Eagles’ cake with a 58-yard interception return for a score with 2:44 left in the game that, with the extra point, made it the 51-28 final. Neither team’s defense was able to totally shut down the other’s offense – Benedictine amassed 476 yards of total offense and CUC had 412 yards – but it was more a case of the Eagles producing the big plays. BU’s defense had five takeaways – two interceptions and three fumble recoveries – compared to one by the Cougars. In addition to Kunz’s pilfered pass, Travis Newsome had an interception. Tim Shanahan, Alex Dewey and Mike Hatfield all had fumble recoveries. Additionally, Kyle Schulz and Eddie Hill Jr. each had sacks. Shanahan and Hill led the team with eight and seven tackles, respectively. Benedictine finished the season in fourth place for the inaugural season of football in the Northern Athletics Conference.

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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.