DAVENPORT, Iowa – On the road for the fourth consecutive week and up against its six NAIA top 15 opponent this season, the Olivet Nazarene University football team struggled to get out to a good start. The Tigers found themselves down 28-0 early in the second quarter and fought back the whole game. ONU was unable to surmount a comeback losing 63-10 to No. 11 St. Ambrose University (Iowa).
The Tigers (1-7, 0-5) Achilles heel all day was their inability to defend the passing game, giving up seven scores and 457 yards through the air to the Bees (6-1, 2-1). Also, ONU did struggle turning the ball over, failing to hold on to it three times and throwing one interception. However, the Olivet did find room on the ground, running for a total of 193 yards on 46 carries for a 4.2 yards per average and their lone score. Kicker Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) converted his 13th field of the season against the Bees to break the school individual single-season record for field goals made.
Olivet totaled 293 yards on 72 plays and 16 first downs. Rico Prestia (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) passed for 79 yards and rushed for 30 yards on eight carries. Michael Ho-Lewis (Boise, Idaho) ran eight times for 48 yards and one touchdown.
Freshman defensive back Austin Holton (Nampa, Idaho) led the Tigers with eight tackles and a half tackle for loss. Mark Kosrow (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) had seven tackles, one and half tackles for loss and one forced fumble. David Prater (Harvey, Ill.) finished with five tackles, one tackle for loss, and one fumble recovery.
The Fighting Bees (6-1, 2-1) totaled 605 yards and had 29 first downs on 71 plays. They scored seven passing and two rushing touchdowns on offense.
Eric Williamson threw for 434 yards and five touchdowns. Zach Grant caught 15 balls for 240 yards and five scores. The seven touchdown passes and five touchdown receptions both set school records for St. Ambrose.
The Tigers return to action next Saturday, October 27 at home against Iowa Wesleyan College, starting at 1:30 p.m.