November 6, 2010

Bears Improve to 7-2 With 14-13 Victory at Case Western Reserve

More news about: Washington U.

Cleveland, Ohio, November 6, 2010 – Senior running back Jim O'Brien carried the ball 28 times for a season-high 150 yards with a pair of touchdowns to lead the Washington University in St. Louis football team to a 14-13 victory at Case Western Reserve University on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio.

With the win Washington University improves to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA), matching its best start to a season since 2001, when the Bears also posted a 7-2 mark. The Red and Green snapped a three-game losing streak to Case Western and the Spartans dropped their first home game since Oct. 14, 2006.

With 150 yards on the ground, Jim O'Brien increased his career total to 2,454 yards, passing Todd Hannum to move into second-place on the Washington University all-time rushing list. He also tied Mike Gallo for ninth on the Bears' all-time scoring list with 132 points. His 150 yards on Saturday afternoon were the most since a 163-yard performance against the University of Chicago on Nov. 7, 2009.

While O'Brien carried the load offensively, it was a big play from senior defensive back Brandon Brown that helped the Bears hang on for the one-point win. Case used 16-plays to drive to march all the way down to the Washington University three-yard line, where the Spartans were forced to attempt a 20-yard field goal.

A low snap delayed Sam Coffey's attempt and Brown came through the defensive line to block down the short attempt and preserve the Bears' lead. Coffey had one more attempt to win the game in the closing moments of the fourth, but his 43-yard attempt was partially blocked by sophomore Daniel Sufranski and the Bears escaped with the narrow win.

Washington University improved its winning streak to six-straight games, the Bears' longest such streak since the 2005-06 seasons.

Washington University will close out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 13, when it faces the University of Chicago in Chicago, Ill. The Maroons defeated Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, so the winner of next Saturday's contest between the Bears and the Maroons will decide the 2010 UAA title. Kickoff is set for Noon (CT), at Stagg Field

A penalty for roughing the kicker extended Case Western Reserve's opening drive and the Spartans took advantage of the extra opportunity to grab an early 3-0 lead. Case advanced the ball all the way to the Bears' four-yard line, but senior Kyle Huber stuffed Trevor LaBarge's third-down rushing attempt and the Spartans settled for a field goal.

Washington University was forced to punt on its first drive, but junior Austin Morman's kick was downed inside of the Case one-yard line. Three plays later, freshman Scott O'Brien stripped Zach Homyk of the ball following a third-down completion and the Bears recovered the football at the Spartans' 15-yard line. The second play of the ensuing drive resulted in Jim O'Brien's sixth rushing touchdown of the season, a 15-yarder to give the Red and Green a 7-3 lead.

The lead was short lived, with Case Western Reserve needing just 2:29 to march down the field and regain the lead. Spartan senior quarterback Joey Baum found Homyk in the right corner of the end zone to cap off a six-play, 64-yard drive, Homyk's UAA-leading 10th receiving touchdown of the year.

Sam Coffey added a 44-yard field goal, one-yard shy of his career long, to give the Spartans a 13-7 lead midway through the second quarter, and the score remained 13-7 as the game headed into the half.

Case Western Reserve held a slim 146-131 lead in total offensive yards in the first half, netting 96 through the air and 50 on the ground. Trevor LaBarge gained 54 yards on the ground on 11 carries to lead the Spartan ground attack, and Jim O'Brien carred the ball 12 times for 53 yards and one score.

Washington U. used special teams play to regain the momentum halfway through the third quarter. Freshman Mike Rademacher partially blocked a Dan Calabrese punt, giving the Bears a chance to start their next drive on the Case 46-yard line. A 14-yard completion from senior Steve Sherman to senior Tom Gulyas advanced the ball deep into Case territory and O'Brien did the rest from there.

A 19-yard Jim O'Brien scamper gave the Bears a first and goal opportunity at the three, and he capped off the drive with a three-yard score. Sophomore Eric Chalifour's extra point was good and the Bears took the lead for good at 14-13.

Sherman finished the game 13-for-23 passing for 112 yards and one interception. Junior linebacker Kyle Larkin led the Bears with 15 tackles, six solo and nine assisted, and one tackle for a loss. Morman punted eight times for an average of 38 yards, including a 60-yard boot.

Bear Notebook: Washington University leads the all-time series with Case Western Reserve University, 17-8 … Brown made his 39th-consecutive start at defensive back, while junior Joe Rhein made his 29th-straight start at center.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 4: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Tex. A&M-Commerce
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Anna Maria at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
7:00 PM
William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Ursinus at TCNJ
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
Video
7:30 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
Waldorf at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
12:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
1:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Wesley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton State
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
1:00 PM
Adrian at Defiance
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:00 PM
Cortland State at Buffalo State
Audio
1:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
1:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
1:30 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
Audio
2:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Austin
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
Audio
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
Ripon at St. Scholastica
2:00 PM
Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
4:00 PM
College of Idaho at Pacific
4:30 PM
Arizona Christian at George Fox
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Denison at Earlham
7:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:30 PM
Central at Benedictine
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
Audio
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading