2007
Football dumps Greenville, 10-7

Football dumps Greenville, 10-7
October 6, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine’s football team picked up its first Illini-Badger Football Conference win of the year with a hard-fought 10-7 win at Greenville College. The Eagles improved to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the IBFC. Once again, the Eagles’ defense rose to the occasion, limiting Greenville to 212 total yards and just one score. The Panthers entered the game averaging nearly 21 points per game. Unofficially, sophomore linebacker Devin Montgomery led the Eagles with seven tackles. Matt Kunz and Travis Newsome each had six tackles. As a team, Benedictine had four takeaways: two interceptions by Patrick Daniels and two fumble recoveries. Greenville also had no “red zone” scoring chances, as the Eagles’ defensive front kept the Panthers at bay. Benedictine tallied on the first possession of the game, driving 55 yards on 12 plays until the drive stalled. Brian Goff then nailed a 25-yard field goal to give his team the 3-0 lead with 9:29 left in the first quarter. Greenville was able to forge ahead late in the first quarter after an interception of Benedictine quarterback Andrew Ramus (14-26-128 yards) at their own 47. Four plays later, the Eagles had taken the 7-3 advantage. Benedictine looked as though it might retake the lead in the waning seconds of the first half. Beginning at their own 45, the Eagles drove down to the Greenville eighth yard lien, first-and-goal. However, the drive stalled with a fumble at the one and the Panthers dodged the bullet. The teams played scoreless ball in the third period, but Benedictine took the lead for good early in the fourth. Sophomore tailback Ryan Schwartz (27 carries, 80 yards) capped a three-play, 12 yard drive that was set up by a fumble recovery. Schwartz’s five-yard run – and Goff’s extra point kick – made it 10-7. All that remained was for the Benedictine defense to do its thing. In the remainder of the fourth stanza, Benedictine’s stopped all four Greenville drives with Daniels' pair of interceptions and two stops on fourth down situations (one at the BU 23 and the other at the BU 40).

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.