Junior Michael Ho-Lewis scored the lone touchdown for the Tigers on Saturday against Robert Morris
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
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).