ONU fell to #9 St. Ambrose in a third straight MSFA Midwest game on Saturday
DAVENPORT, Iowa — The No. 9-ranked St. Ambrose University
(Iowa) Fighting Bees hosted the ONU football team on Saturday. It was the Tigers' fifth game against a team that is ranked or receiving votes. After
keeping pace through the first half, the Bees shutout the Tigers in the second
half, eventually winning 38-13 at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport.
The Fighting Bees (5-1, 3-0) started first and took the
first possession 75 yards in 10 plays for Andrew Friedrich's eventual 28-yard touchdown
reception from Eric Williamson. On the Bees next possession the Tiger (1-6,
0-3) kept them from stretching their lead when freshman Derrick Hosselton (Manteno, Ill.) recovered his own forced fumble. The
Tigers took the ball 20 yards and Andrew
Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) made it 7-3 with a 44-yard field goal.
ONU continued to cause problems for the Fighting Bees
offense when freshman strong safety Chandler
Tuckerman (Wauseon, Ohio) intercepted Williamson on a first-and-10. Olivet
was again able to turn the turnover into points when Muzljakovich finished off
a 27-yard drive with a 45-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining in the first
quarter. Muzjlakovich has made seven field goals this season, and six of his kicks
are outside of 40 yards.
Only trailing 7-6 the Tigers tried to get the ball back a
third time in the second quarter, but this time St. Ambrose was able to go 75-yards for a second time and find Ryan Byrne for a 3-yard score. The Fighting
Bees got it back with 10:42 remaining, and in only 1:14 scored on a Darryl
McMath two-yard run to make it 21-6.
However, the Tigers were willing to do what it takes to keep
pace as Ryan Sample (Manteno, Ill.)
drove 39-yards in 2:30 and Michael
Ho-Lewis (Boise, Idaho) scored his fourth touchdown of the year on a
three-yard run. The next two possessions ended in punts and St. Ambrose was
able to get the ball with 2:01 remaining in the half. They drove 64 yards, and
with no time remaining Quinn Treber’s field goal attempt was blocked by Hosselton to keep it 21-13 at halftime.
On the Fighting Bees first possession of the second half, they scored on a nine-play drive when Michael Munro caught a two-yard pass. McMath converted the two-point conversion. On their next possession Williamson
was intercepted for a second time when freshman Gino Prestia (Elk Grove
Village, Ill.) intercepted him and returned it three yards. However, the
turnover resulted in a third punt of the half for the Tigers.
Trailing 29-13 in the fourth quarter, the Tigers needed a
stop to start the final period, but with 14:48 remaining McMath scored from eight
yards out. On the Tigers next possession Muljakovich was back to punt after a
failed first down attempt. He was blocked by Sean Kelly and St. Ambrose scored
a safety to make it 38-13. The Tigers failed to score the rest of the game, falling to the Fighting Bees.
For the Tigers' offense, freshman quarterback Ryan Sample
went 6-for-16 for 62 yards, including five sacks. Junior Michael Ho-Lewis ran
the ball 15 times for 73 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Zach Gross (Elgin, Ill.) ran the
ball nine times for 28 yards.
ONU’s defense allowed 555 total yards and 34 first downs. They
allowed 30 rushing yards and 425 through the air. They finished with seven tackles
for loss (31 yards), four sacks (21 yards), two interceptions for three yards,
and two forced fumbles. Tuckerman led the team
with 10 tackles and one interception. Hosselton had an outstanding day with eight tackles, a fumble forced and recovered,
and a blocked kick.
Fighting Bees’ Williamson was 40 for 51 for
398 yards and three touchdowns, while running for 39 yards on seven carries. McMath rushed six times for 27 yards and two touchdowns. Three different
receivers caught touchdown passes and Austin Cappaert had 10 receptions for 97
The Tigers will be back in action at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday,
Oct. 26, at home against nonconference opponent Lindenwood-Belleville University (Ill.).