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Rose-Hulman Football Handles Earlham on Senior Day

Rose-Hulman Football Handles Earlham on Senior Day

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology honored 22 seniors and scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions to capture a 70-6 victory over Earlham College in the 2018 football finale for both schools on Saturday at Cook Stadium.

Noah Thomas tied a single-game school record with four touchdown receptions and added a single-season school record with 932 receiving yards to lead the offense.  Thomas hauled in 13 catches for 191 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 54 yards and another score, to cap a season that featured the single-season school record despite missing two games to injury.

Derek Deimel added a pair of rushing touchdowns and Rose-Hulman finished 21-27 passing as a team for 292 yards and five touchdowns.  Andrew Dion was 6-7 for 131 yards and two scores; Eric Morris was 10-12 for 90 yards and one touchdown; and senior day starter Sam Grant was 5-8 for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

Garrett Wight led the rushing attack with 85 yards and one touchdown.  Other key rushers included Maxwell Hatch with 61 yards and one touchdown; Alonzo Johnson with 57 yards; Thomas with 54; and Deimel with 42.

Defensively, Rose-Hulman held Earlham to -5 yards rushing and 121 yards of total offense on 13-34 through the air.  Carter Hounshell had an interception with a 38-yard return for the largest individual play.  Jonathan Anstett added a sack and a fumble recovery.  The team had four sacks, and Samuel Hedrick led a balanced defensive performance with six tackles.

The special teams featured Adam Clark tying a school record with 10 extra points on a perfect 10-10 effort, making him the first Rose-Hulman placekicker with double-digit extra points in a game since 1958. 

The overall offensive effort included 39 first downs, the second most in school history, and a balanced performance including 323 rushing yards and 292 passing yards.

The Rose-Hulman offense started early and often, with Thomas scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter.  He scored from 10 yards out on a run and had scoring receptions of 10 yards and 25 yards on passes from Grant.

Wight scored the next two touchdowns to push the lead to 35-0, scoring on a seven-yard run and a 48-yard pass from Dion.  Thomas added a 56-yard touchdown strike from Dion, before Deimel closed seven straight possessions with a touchdown on a one-yard scoring plunge with 5:09 left in the first half.

In the second half, Thomas and Deimel scored third quarter touchdowns and Hatch had a one-yard scoring run with 14:58 left in the contest.

The game was the final home contest for 22 team members.  Seniors included Coleson Carmell; Derek Deimel; Sam Grant; Julius Heil; Drew Hobick; Carter Hounshell; Mitchell Kelley; Michael Kern; John Kirby; Seth Knoll; Kenny Kowalski; Kacper Kulesza; Seun Ladipo; Parker Lappin; Lucas Leiner; Matt Michalak; Mike Riley; Brad Russell; Griffin Steffy; Ben Walker; Zack Watson and Sawyer Young.

Rose-Hulman capped the season at 5-5 overall and 5-3 in HCAC play, while Earlham completed an 0-10 season.  The Fightin' Engineers open the 2019 season at home against currently No. 1 ranked Mount Union on Sept, 7.