2007
Football upended in IBFC opener

Football upended in IBFC opener
September 22, 2007

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

Benedictine University's football team won virtually every statistical category at Concordia University Chicago, except the one that counts the most: on the scoreboard. The Cougars dealt the Eagles a 21-10 loss in the Illini-Badger Football Conference opener for both teams in River Forest. The loss dropped Benedictine to 1-3 on the year overall. The Eagles outgained the Cougars in rushing (140-99), passing (166-157), total offense (306-256) and first downs (18-16). Unfortunately for the Eagles, they also held a 2-0 edge in turnovers...and both proved costly. Joe Borsellino's third quarter fumble at the Concordia 32 negated a chance for the Eagles to overcome CUC's 14-10 lead before halftime. A third quarter interception on Concordia's seven yard line quelled another opportunity for Benedictine to get back into the game. To make matters worse, the Cougars promptly marched the ball 93 yards on 15 plays, using up 8:19 of the clock, and scored an insurance touchdown. Benedictine looked in control at the outset, taking its first possession of the game and turning it into a 14-play, 89-yard scoring drive. Sophomore tailback Ryan Schwartz capped the series with a four-yard burst for the TD. On the day, Schwartz carried 31 times for 123 yards. Benedictine freshman quarterback Andrew Ramus had the best day of his young college career. Ramus completed 17-of-30 passes for 166 yards. The Cougars knotted matters at 7-7 with 10:56 left in the half, but the Eagles got the lead back with 2:36 left before intermission on a 22 yard field goal by Brian Goff. It looked as though Benedictine might be able to take that lead into the locker room. However, Concordia had other ideas and on its second play following the kickoff, a 53 yard touchdown pass from Mike Marotta to Khyre Copeland made it 14-10. Defensively for the Eagles, linebackers Alex Dewey and Eddie Hill had nine and eight tackles, respectively. Senior end Bob Corey had five tackles and a sack. Benedictine will host Lakeland College next Saturday (Sept. 29) at 1:00 p.m. for Homecoming. Kickoff at the Sports Complex is at 1:00 p.m.

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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.