2008
Football ambushed at Aurora, 31-7

Football ambushed at Aurora, 31-7
October 4, 2008

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

Benedictine University's contest at Aurora University on Saturday was supposed to make history in that it marked the first-ever weekend of football competition among teams from the Northern Athletics Conference. Instead, the game semed to follow recent history as the Spartans clipped the Eagles by a 31-7 score. It marked the 14th time in the past 15 years that AU has emerged on top in its annual football battle with Benedictine. Aurora also owns a 21-10 advantage in the overall series versus the Eagles. The Spartans demonstrated why they rank at or near the top of most NAC statistical categories, holding the Eagles to 53 yards rushing and just 127 yards in total offense. Conversely, AU put up 375 yards of offense against the Benedictine defense. After a scoreless first quarter, Aurora posted a pair of touchdown aerials in the second stanza and took a 14-0 lead into the halftime locker room. That advantage went to 21-0 within one minute elapsed in the third quarter, thanks to a 64 yard bomb. Benedictine's offense finally retaliated midway through the fourth quarter. The scoring opportunity was set up when BU's John Green burst through the AU punt blocking on a fourth-and-12 and got a hand on the kick. The deflected ball netted just six yards and BU was in business at the 50 yard line. The Eagles caught the Spartans napping on the very first play from scrimmage as freshman quarterback Derek Hitt found fellow frosh wide receiver John Borsellino wide open for a touchdown up the far sidelines. The extra point kick made it 21-7. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the team would not add any more points, while their Spartan counterparts tacked on 10 more points down the stretch for the 31-7 final score. Hitt finished the game seven-of-11 for 74 yards and the one TD. He was sacked three times and intercepted twice. Borsellino had three of those receptions for 60 yards. Defensively, junior outside linebacker Devin Montgomery notched 10 tackles, which helped him reach a personal milestone in his Eagles' career. Montgomery has now surpassed 200 career tackles, now with 205 after the AU game. Devensive back Mike Hatfield and end Eddie Hill Jr. each added nine total tackles. Lineman Matt Kunz had eight tackles, a team-high five solo. Benedictine's road won't get much easier next week as the team plays host to Concordia University (Wis.) on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).

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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.