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Thomas Single-Game School Record Leads Football Past Anderson

Noah Thomas catches a touchdown pass in Saturday's win.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore Noah Thomas set a new single-game school record with 226 receiving yards and the Fightin' Engineers gained a season-best 554 yards of total offense in a 44-6 win over Anderson University on Saturday at Cook Stadium.

Thomas hauled in nine receptions and scored three touchdowns in his school record 226-yard performance.  The mark snaps the single-game school record of 225 yards previously set by Reed Eason against Franklin in a 2009 victory.

Andrew Dion completed 16-of-23 passes for 326 yards through the air and had three touchdown to engineer the Rose-Hulman offense.  Garrett Wight provided balance with 126 rushing yards on 36 carries with two touchdowns.

The Rose-Hulman defense also made its presence felt with six sacks and two interceptions on the afternoon.  Jack Heyl had three sacks to lead the defensive line.  Mitchell Kelley and Parker Lappin snagged interceptions to end Anderson drives throughout the day.

Mitchell Kelley and Coleson Carmell led Rose-Hulman with eight tackles each.  Alex Perez added seven tackles, and Caleb Brown had six stops and a blocked extra point for Rose-Hulman.

Alex Laccabue completed 15-of-26 passes for 207 yards and one touchdown to lead the Anderson performance.  Koty Frauhiger had 19 tackles, and Elijah Smith added 13 tackles, five tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble to lead the Ravens defense.

Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter with two touchdown passes from Dion to Thomas.  The first was a leaping 26-yard grab in the endzone.  The second was a 78-yard catch and run over the middle of the field.

Anderson closed to within 14-6 on a 68-yard pass from Laccabue to Alex Barnett.  Adam Clark added a key 26-yard field goal to push the Rose-Hulman lead to 17-6 at the half.

In the second half, Rose-Hulman scored 30 unanswered points to pull away for the victory.  Dion and Thomas connected on their third strike of the day on the first play of the second half, a 64-yard catch and run by the receiver.  Wight then scored two touchdowns from six yards and two yards out to push the lead to 37-6.  Sam Grant hit Adam Sturgeon on a 32-yard pass for the game's final score with 6:09 remaining.

Rose-Hulman improved to 3-4 on the season and 3-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Anderson dropped to 2-5 and 2-3 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Defiance College next Saturday.