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2013-09-14 Robert Morris holds off ONU in defensive faceoff
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Junior Michael Ho-Lewis scored the lone touchdown for the Tigers on Saturday against Robert Morris

Robert Morris holds off ONU in defensive faceoff

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Right out of the gates, the ONU football team looked anxious to even their record at 1-1 after an opening week defeat. The Tigers scored after a 6:04 drive that took them 64 yards on eight plays. However, the Robert Morris University (Ill.) defense would not allow another point the rest of the afternoon. With touchdowns of their own in the second and fourth quarters, the Eagles were able to withstand a late fourth-quarter drive by the Tigers to win 14-7.

ONU (0-2) went on the road on Saturday, Sept. 14, to play (RV) Robert Morris University (3-0). This was the first meeting in history between the two programs.

The Tigers got out to a great start when junior running back Michael Ho-Lewis (Boise, Idaho) took it in from 11 yards out to put the Tigers up 6-0 with 7:36 remaining in the first half (PAT good). Following a stop by the Tigers during the Eagles next possession, ONU got a first down; but on the third down play, freshman quarterback Ryan Sample (Manteno, Ill.) was picked off by Doug Sachtleban. Robert Morris scored on the ensuing drive.

For the remaining 13:56 of the first half, the Tigers only achieved one more first down and punted three times; however, they were able to force the Eagle offense into two punts of their own, leaving the score at 7-7 at the break.

At the start of the third quarter, the offense showed promise, driving the ball 20 yards; but three incomplete passes resulted in a punt by Andrew Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.). The Tiger defense stopped the Eagles again; but on a fourth and two, the Eagles faked the punt and ran it 10 yards for the first down. ONU was able to stop the drive over the next three plays. For the rest of the third quarter, ONU only managed one more first down. Likewise, the Robert Morris offense struggled to find any momentum. 

In the fourth quarter, Robert Morris was able to break through as Matt Westerkamp completed four passes, and Korey Rogers ran it in from four yards to make it 13-7 (PAT good). On the next Eagle possession, they had it down to the ONU 31-yard line, but a fumble was recovered by the Tigers.W ith 5:10 remaining in the game, ONU had a chance to tie the game with a game-tying drive. Olivet was able to reach three first downs and get to the Robert Morris 36, but three incomplete passes and a sack on fourth and 10 gave the ball back to the Eagles for good.

For the Tigers offense, Michael Ho-Lewis ran 17 times for 81 yards and the Tigers’ lone touchdown. David Payne (Chebanse, Ill.) ran 10 times for 48 yards.

The Tiger defense forced two turnovers against Robert Morris and only gave up 249 total yards. Senior Mark Kosrow (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) led the Tigers with eight tackles. Junior linebacker Michael  Williams (La Grange Park, Ill.) had six tackles, one tackle for loss (seven yards) and one fumble recovery. Junior linebacker John Litrenta (Orland Park, Ill.) finished with two tackles, one sack for six yards and two tackles for loss (10 yards).

Eagles' quarterback Matt Westerkamp was 20 of 25 for 127 yards, while running for 17 yards. Korey Rogers ran the ball 16 times for 64 yards and a score. Deshawn Weaver ran it in from 11 yards while catching six balls for 43 yards.  

The Tigers will be back in action on Saturday, September 21, on the road at Concordia University-Ann Arbor starting at 1 p.m (EST).