Eagles top Aurora in football OT thriller
October 13, 2007
Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
The Benedictine University defense gave the team the only thing it needed versus Aurora University: a chance to win the game. It took 60 minutes of regulation and two overtime segments, but that's exactly what happened, as the Eagles pulled out the 20-17 victory over the rival Spartans.
The win by Benedictine also snapped a 13-game losing streak - dating back to 1993 - against Aurora.
After regulation ended in a 10-10 deadlock, both teams tallied touchdowns in the first overtime segment. Benedictine, which had first possession, scored on a one-yard run by Eric Ritter, while AU countered with a five-yard run by quarterback Spencer Adams.
In the second OT set, Aurora went first and drove down to the Eagles' three yard line, with a fourth-and-three situation. Rather than try for a field goal, Aurora elected to go for it all. Adams completed a short pass to tight end Ryan Milus on the right side, but he was wrapped up well short of the endzone by Eagles' linebacker Devin Montgomery leaving the score at 17-17.
That meant it was Benedictine's turn to come up wih any type of score for the victory. After three rushing plays, the Aurora defense stiffened and Benedictine was forced to call on freshman placekicker Brian Goff for a 38-yard field goal.
Goff entered the game three-of-five in field goals, with a long of 25 yards. But against the Spartans, the frosh kicker calmly split the uprights to send the Eagles and their fans into a frenzy, 20-17.
The win was especially sweet for BU head coach Jon Cooper, who was the Aurora assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for 19 seasons prior to taking the reins as the Eagles' mentor in 2005. It was Cooper's first win versus his old team and one that - coupled with the recent upturn since Cooper's arrival - confirmed the positive direction of the program.
Montgomery once again led all tacklers with 14 stops. Defensive back Anthony Borsellino had nine tackles. Alex Dewey, Bob Corey and Pat Daniels each added eight tackles. For the second-consecutive week, Daniels also had two interceptions in a game.
Lineman Michael Chapman had seven tackles, but several were key stops in the overtime segments.
On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore tailback Ryan Schwartz (photo at right) ran for 136 yards on 32 carries. Schwartz also scored his team's only touchdown in regulation late in the third quarter on a 30-yard scamper. Schwartz's TD jaunt capped a six play, 51-yard drive to make it 10-7 in favor of the Eagles.
With BU down by a 7-0 score after one quarter, Goff had narrowed the margin to 7-3 with a 26-yard field goal just before halftime.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.