BEREA, OHIO --Baldwin-Wallace College returned two kickoffs and an
interception for touchdowns as the Yellow Jacket football team
defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Otterbein University,
35-34, today (Saturday, October 9, 2010) on Tressel Field at The
George Finnie Stadium before 5,775 Homecoming fans in Berea in a
With the Yellow Jackets trailing 34-28, B-W went on an
8-play, 59-yard game-winning drive that was capped when junior
running back Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior) scored on a
23-yard run to tie the score at 34-34. Then, following an
Otterbein timeout, senior place kicker Brad Pollock
(Brecksville/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) kicked the
game-winning point for the win.
With its victory, B-W is now 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the
OAC. The 5-0 start is B-W's first since 2004. With its
loss, Otterbein is now 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the OAC.
The Yellow Jackets led 7-0 after one quarter and 28-27 at halftime
and Otterbein led 34-28 after three stanzas.
The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring at the 9:48 mark of the first
quarter and took a 7-0 lead when O'Rourke
threw a 20-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Josh Oswald
(Milan/ Edison) and Pollock made the PAT
to cap a 4-play and 41-yard drive in 4:41.
Otterbein countered at the 14:57 mark of the second
quarter when Cardinal senior RB Colton Coy scored on a 1-yard run
to cap an 8-play and 49-yard drive in 3:36, but they missed the PAT
kick and B-W led 7-6. The TD began a string of three scores in 30
On the ensuing kickoff, B-W freshman defensive back
Kevin Johnson (Garfield Heights/ Cleveland St.
Ignatius) returned the ball 94 yards for a TD and tied
Larry Mills' Finnie Stadium record that was set in 1979
against Otterbein. Pollock's PAT kick then gave B-W a 14-6
lead with 14:43 left in the half. For his efforts,
Johnson received the Frank Roppolo Homecoming Game
Player of the Game award.
Otterbein came right back when junior DB Dominic Jones
returned the kickoff 81 yards for a TD and senior PK David
Brewer's PAT kick cut B-W's lead to 14-13 with 14:27
Tim Miker scored the game-winning
touchdown with 2:02 remaining.
Otterbein then took its first lead of the contest at
20-14 with 10:47 left in the half when the Cardinals drove 54 yards
in four plays in 2:02 when junior QB Austin Schlosser threw a
22-yard TD pass to junior tight end Gabe Shively and Brewer added
Undaunted, Yellow Jacket freshman WR Josiah Holt
(Elyria/ Grafton Midview) returned the ensuing kickoff 90
yards for the third kick return for a score of the game at the
10:34 mark. Pollock's PAT kick gave B-W a 21-20
lead. Then, B-W increased its lead to 28-20 at the 7:43 mark
when junior DB Matt Bowen (Tiffin/ Columbian)
picked off a Schlosser pass and returned it 88 yards for TD.
Pollock followed with his fourth straight
successful PAT boot. Bowen's return for TD
was the second longest in Finnie Stadium history and it marked the
second straight game that he returned an interception for a
Otterbein closed to within 28-27 with 43 seconds left
before halftime when Coy scored his second rushing TD of the game
with a 14-yard run and Brewer kicked the PAT. The score capped a
4-play and 44-yard drive in 1:26.
In the third quarter, Otterbein retook the lead at 34-28
when Coy scored on his third TD run of the game, this one a
3-yarder with 9:19 left to cap a 6-play and 97-yard drive in
Despite its loss, Otterbein dominated B-W in total offense,
356-206, including 251-106 through the air.
The Yellow Jackets were led offensively by Miker
with 70 rushing yards in 10 attempts, including the game-tying TD,
senior RB John McGraw (North Ridgeville) with 53
yards in 12 attempts and sophomore quarterback Ryan
O'Rourke (Avon) who completed 9-of-18 passes for 103
yards and a TD. The defense was led by senior middle linebacker
Ryan Kish (Amherst/ Steele), the reigning OAC
Defensive Player of the Week, with nine tackles, three tackles for
loss and one quarterback sack.
The Cardinals were led offensively by Schlosser who completed
17-of-30 passes for 251 yards with a TD and the interception by
Bowen. Coy led Otterbein on the ground with a game-high 111 yards
on 27 attempts with the three TD jaunts. Senior WR Steve Kuzyk led
all receivers with five grabs for 36 yards. Dominic Jones led the
Cards with a game-high 10 tackles and ran back the kick for a
The Yellow Jackets are back in action next Saturday, Oct. 16 when
they travel to Ada, Ohio to play 16th-ranked Ohio Northern
University at Dials-Roberson Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Fans can
listen to that game live on campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, and
via the WBWC Internet Web site at www.wbwc.com as well as watch
that contest later that evening on SportsTime Ohio.
Fans and media are reminded that today's B-W versus Otterbein
game was taped and will be shown tonight on SportsTime Ohio at
10:00 p.m., on Oct. 11 at 12 noon and again on Oct. 12 at 5:00 a.m.
Six of 10 Yellow Jacket games this season are being televised
The next B-W home game is on Saturday, Oct. 23 when B-W plays
OAC foe Wilmington College at Finnie Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on
Professor Appreciation Day. At halftime of that game, the College
will honor its 1980 OAC-champion team that went undefeated during
regular season and was the final team coached by the legendary Lee