/seasons/2011/contrib/201111125ewv7l

Hobart's Defense Carries Statesmen Past Rochester

More news about: Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Hobart College used a strong defense, including five takeaways and four sacks, to post a 24-10 victory over the University of Rochester at Edwin Fauver Stadium. The win booked a spot in the NCAA Division III playoffs for Hobart as well.

The Statemen finished 5-1 in the Liberty League (7-1 overall), tied with Union College for first place. Hobart won the Liberty League's automatic (Pool A) bid to the playoffs on the basis of a win over Union on October 8. It is Hobart's first Liberty League title since 2008 and its seventh league title overall. 

Rochester finished 4-5 overall, 3-3 in the Liberty League.

The game was far from an offensive showcase. Between them, the teams had nine giveaways (four by Hobart) which led to 17 points. Hobart gained 288 yards in offense – 131 rushing and 157 through the air.  The Statesmen lost both fumbles – one led to Rochester's opening touchdown – and were just two of 16 on third downs.

Rochester fumbled the ball four times. The Yellowjackets lost two fumbles and a third bobble came in the end zone, leading to a Hobart safety and a 16-10 lead for the guests. Rochester rushed for 96 yards and passed for 116 more. The Yellowjackets were 2 of 15 on third downs.

Nick Strang completed 10 of 21 passes for 155 yards for Hobart. He was intercepted twice and threw one touchdown – a 33-yarder to Elvin Souffrant in the second quarter that put Hobart ahead, 14-7. Kelly Olney replaced Strang midway through the third quarter. He completed one of six throws, gaining two yards.

Bobby Dougherty rushed 17 times for 50 yards for Hobart. Steven Webb gained 29 yards on 13 carries and scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter, tying the score at 7-7.

Kevin Hearon had two interceptions for Hobart. He returned the second one 36 yards for a touchdown with 11:35 to play. Kelly Olney rushed for two points, giving the Statesmen a 24-10 lead. 

Clarence Onyiriuka rushed 11 times for 64 yards and one touchdown for Rochester. His three-yard TD run 5:19 into the game put the Yellowjackets ahead, 7-0. It came after Tony Ortega recovered a fumble by Webb at the Hobart 41. The Yellowjackets needed 10 plays to get into the end zone, the key being a one-yard plunge by Chris Bickford on 4th-and-1 from the four. Onyiriuka scored on the next play.

Strang completed a 23-yard pass to Junior Woodard on 2nd-and-23 from the Hobart 47 late in the first quarter. It set up the Statesmen on the Rochester 30. Webb gained four on a 4th-and-2 to keep the ball moving. Strang completed two short passes around his own seven-yard keeper. Webb scored from one yard out to tie the score at 7-7 with 13:21 left in the second.

Soufrant pinned the Yellowjackets deep in their own end with a punt to the Rochester 8. UR went three-and-out and Mike Carson punted to the Rochester 35. On 2nd-and-8, Strang hit Souffrant down the left sideline for the go-ahead TD, 14-7, with 7:24 left.

Late in the quarter, Rochester's Shola Fakorode intercepted Strang at the Rochester 7. Onyiriuka rushed three times for a net of 35 yards. Braezen Subick completed two passes, and Hobart hurt itself with two penalties that gave Rochester first downs. Alex Antonucci kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired, bringing Rochester within 14-10 at halftime.

The offensive struggles both ways were epitomized by play early in the third quarter. On the third play, Onyiriuka was stripped by Reggie Robinson and Gianni Contro recovered at the UR 44. Six plays later, Strang was intercepted by Jordan Honjiyo at the UR 2. Rochester mishandled the ball in the end zone and Byron Saggese fell on it, giving Hobart a safety and a 16-10 lead with 10:22 left.

Defensively, Robinson had 14 tackles (11 solo) and forced one fumble. Tyree Coleman had six tackles, including three sacks. Drake Woodward has six tackles, one interception, and one pass breakup.

For Rochester, Zach Cicero had eight tackles (all solo). Kobie Hamm also had eight stops (six solo) and Bill Campi had seven solos.

Aug. 31: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Moravian at King's
7:00 PM
Methodist at Campbell
7:00 PM
Alfred State at Coast Guard
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Allegheny at Thiel
7:00 PM
Stevenson at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Wesley at Delaware Valley
7:00 PM
Mayville St. at Buena Vista
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
McMurry at Okla. Panhandle
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
Greenville at Millikin
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Salisbury at Albright
7:00 PM
Mount Ida at Mass-Dartmouth
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Curry
7:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Washington and Lee
Live Stats
7:00 PM
FDU-Florham at TCNJ
7:00 PM
MIT at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Westfield State at Nichols
7:30 PM
Anna Maria at WPI
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Gettysburg at Bridgewater
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Wilkes at Muhlenberg
TBA
Birmingham-Southern at LaGrange
TBA
St. Norbert at UW-Stevens Point
TBA
Knox at Eureka
12:00 PM
Grove City at Juniata
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Endicott
Video Live Stats
12:00 PM
Worcester State at Salve Regina
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at SUNY-Maritime
12:00 PM
Norwich at Morrisville State
12:00 PM
Bethany at Ursinus
12:00 PM
Brockport at Hobart
12:00 PM
Augustana at Cortland
12:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Buffalo State
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington U.
Video Live Stats Live Stats
12:30 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Mount Union
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Oberlin
1:00 PM
Catholic at McDaniel
1:00 PM
Heidelberg at Olivet
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Lebanon Valley
1:00 PM
Alma at St. Vincent
1:00 PM
Castleton at Plymouth State
1:00 PM
Lycoming at Susquehanna
1:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at John Carroll
1:00 PM
Alfred at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Misericordia at Merchant Marine
1:00 PM
Albion at Wabash
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Dickinson at Randolph-Macon
1:00 PM
Bluffton at Wooster
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Union at Husson
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Springfield at Western New England
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at Westminster (Pa.)
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Emory and Henry
1:00 PM
Averett at Hampden-Sydney
1:00 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at Muskingum
Live Stats
1:00 PM
William Paterson at RPI
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Chicago
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Sewanee
1:30 PM
Franklin at Thomas More
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Centre at Hanover
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Capital
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Defiance
1:30 PM
Earlham at Wilmington
2:00 PM
Carthage at Aurora
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
2:00 PM
Guilford at Huntingdon
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Simpson
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Nebraska Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Rockford at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Finlandia at Concordia (Wis.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Bethel
2:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Macalester at Carleton
2:00 PM
Grinnell at St. Olaf
2:00 PM
Hamline at Crown
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at Illinois Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Whitworth at Central
2:00 PM
Coe at UW-River Falls
2:00 PM
Loras at Elmhurst
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Ripon
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Presentation at Lawrence
2:00 PM
George Fox at UW-Platteville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Lake Forest at Beloit
2:10 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
3:00 PM
Austin at Bacone
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at La Verne
6:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Adrian
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Southern Virginia
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Brevard at Davidson
7:00 PM
Gallaudet at Shenandoah
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Otterbein at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Marietta at Geneva
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
7:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Utica
7:00 PM
Southwestern at Denison
7:00 PM
Martin Luther at Minnesota-Morris
7:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
7:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Illinois College
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Trinity Int'l at Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas-Permian Basin
7:00 PM
Luther at UW-La Crosse
7:00 PM
Wayland Baptist at Louisiana College
8:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Augsburg
8:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Cornell
8:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at North Central (Ill.)
8:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Benedictine
8:00 PM
Lyon at Hendrix
8:00 PM
Howard Payne at Southwestern Assemblies
10:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Redlands
10:00 PM
Rhodes at Willamette
Live Stats
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
2:00 PM
Dickinson at Lebanon Valley
Maintenance in progress.