Mon, Sep. 16, 2013 - [Football]
The Loras College football team is back in the win column this week after a road victory over the Rockford University Regents. The Duhawks used 272 all-purpose yards from Nate Carrier, five forced turnovers, and 14 points from kicker Louie Oswald to get there.
Loras was off to a quick start in the first quarter by scoring points on their first three possessions.
The Duhawks marched 80 yards on the opening drive and held the ball for nearly six minutes before Louie Oswald knocked through his first field goal of the day from 21 yards out. The first interception Rockford threw came on the first play of their first drive and sent Loras' offense right back out to the field. Dave Pirkle claimed the pass and set the Duhawks up at the Rockford 19. Six plays later, Oswald put the Duhawks in front by six points with his second field goal, this time from 30 yards out. It took two more plays for the Duhawks to go up 13-0. Another interception from the Rockford quarterback led to a pick-six for Grant Meyer.
The second quarter saw the Regents get on the scoreboard for the first time. Back-to-back big pass plays put them in the end zone to make it 13-7.
The Duhawks answered with a big pass play of their own, a 48-yard strike from Dylan Jones to Nate Even to put the Duhawks back up by 13 points.
Nate Carrier started Loras' next scoring drive late in the second quarter with runs of 27 and 41 yards. Brendan Oates caught his touchdown pass to cap that four minute drive from nine yards out.
The Regents took over possession with 47 seconds to play in the first half and immediately went back to the air, completing a 70-yard pass to get within Loras' five yard line. They were in the end zone one play later. Loras then took a 27-14 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, Rockford took the first kickoff and moved the ball down the field with a six minute scoring drive to get back within six points at 27-21.
Loras was back in front 30-21 late in the third quarter after Oswald's third and final field goal of the day. Calvin Harridge fell on a Rockford fumble deep in the Regents' territory and four plays later, the Duhawks were back on the scoreboard.
The Duhawks started the fourth quarter with another interception of Nekrawesh, this time by Mike Canevello as the Regents were nearing Loras' end zone. Seven of the eleven plays on this drive were handoffs to Carrier, who finished with a four-yard run into the end zone to put Loras up by 16 points.
Nineteen points were still yet to be scored down the stretch. Rockford went back to the air quickly and were back within 10 points after a fast drive to make it 37-27.
The Duhawks recovered on ensuing onside kick and Carrier extended the lead once again. He ran for all 46 yards of the drive and finished the Duhawks' scoring for the day.
The Regents weren't done scoring yet either, manufacturing a fast-paced 89-yard drive, this time capped on the ground by an 11-yard run.
Another onside kick was recovered by the Duhawks, who ran down the final minute on the clock for the win.
Individually, Nate Carrier took his 38 carries for a career high 263 yards and added a nine yard reception for 272 of the team's 390 yards of total offense. Danny Willis added three carries for 23 yards on the ground.
Dylan Jones was 7-for-22 in the air for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Nate Even caught three of those passes for 69 yards.
Loras' interceptions came from Pirkle, Meyer, and Canevello (2). Pirkle and Andrew Reed tied for the team high with six tackles. Reid Mahoney logged Loras' sack of Nekrawesh.
Loras' 44 points are the most since these two teams met in 2011 in the Rock Bowl when Loras scored 48 points.
Next up for the Duhawks is the 2013 home opener. The Augustana Vikings visit the Rock Bowl at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 21. The Duhawks will present this year's Hall of Fame class at halftime and host a reception in their honor in the Alumni Campus Center in the evening.