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Monday, October 08, 2012College football: Bluffton University wins in three overtimes
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- After giving up a 31-13 lead the Bluffton University football team persevered through three overtimes and defeated Rose-Hulman 37-34 Saturday in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game.
The Beavers, now 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the HCAC, jumped out to leads of 14-0 and 31-13. But Rose-Hulman (2-4, 2-2) kept surging back and eventually tied the score at 34 on Danya Francis' 1-yard run and Mitch Snyder's two-point conversion pass to Shane Boschert with 9:16 left.
Bluffton kicker Austin Sweeney had a chance to win the game with 15 seconds remaining but his 37-yard field goal attempt missed wide right.
In the first two overtime periods Sweeney missed field goal attempts of 37 and 35 yards. However, Rose-Hulman's kicker Craig Larew also missed kicks from 34 and 37 yards.
In the third overtime, Larew's chance from 20 yards was no good. On Bluffton's possession, the Beavers advanced the ball to the 5-yard line before Sweeney won the game at long last with a 21-yard boot.
Rose-Hulman outgained Bluffton 572-498, but converted just two field goals and two touchdowns in eight red zone opportunities.
Tyler Wright threw for 245 yards and one touchdown on 16 of 22 passing for the Beavers. Airic Steagall ran for 127 yards and a one-yard touchdown on 25 carries. Steagall also threw a 15-yard touchdown to Shawn Frost.
Ryan Sabin had six catches for 109 yards including an 11-yard scoring strike from Wright.
Bluffton 14 7 10 3 0 0 3 -- 37
Rose-Hulman 0 13 6 15 0 0 0 -- 34
BLU -- Steagall 1 run (Sweeney kick)
BLU -- Sabin 11 pass from Wright (Sweeney kick)
R-H -- Larew 27 FG
R-H -- Larew 22 FG
R-H -- Lee 12 run (Larew kick)
BLU -- Frost 15 pass from Steagall (Sweeney kick)
BLU -- Alexander 41 run (Sweeney kick)
BLU -- Sweeney 22 FG
R-H -- Dye 64 pass from Snyder (pass failed)
R-H -- Washington 31 pass from Snyder (Larew kick)
BLU -- Sweeney 24 FG
R-H -- Francis 1 run (Boschert pass from Snyder)
BLU -- Sweeney 21 FG
Ohio Northern falls
ADA -- Ohio Northern missed what would have been a game-tying 2-point conversion attempt on a pass by quarterback Tate Humphrey with 27 seconds left as Baldwin Wallace beat the Polar Bears on Saturday 22-20.
Following a Baldwin Wallace touchdown with 58 seconds remaining that gave the Yellow Jackets a 22-14 lead, Ohio Northern (1-4) responded with a scoring drive that took just 31 seconds culminating with a 2-yard touchdown run by Humphrey.
Humphrey threw for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 12-of-25 passing with one. ONU also had 104 rushing yards, led by Carter Paul's 85 yards on 18 carries.
Baldwin Wallace (4-1) gained 276 total yards. Quarterback Ryan O'Rourke completed 15 of 26 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown.
Baldwin Wallace 7 8 7 0 -- 22
Ohio Northern 14 0 0 6 -- 20
BW -- Holt 2 run (Chris Mohler kick)
ON -- Wilson 19 pass from Humphrey (Matt Chaney kick)
ON -- Thien 33 pass from Humphrey (Chaney kick)
BW -- Team safety
BW -- Aaron Manders 4 pass from O'Rourke (pass failed)
BW -- O'Rourke 3 run (Mohler kick)
ON -- Humphrey 2 run (pass failed)
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