Head Coach Chris Smith huddles the offense in the second quarter of Saturday's loss at Wooster.
GCC falls at Wooster
WOOSTER, OH, September 16, 2000--Carey Bender will reign as Division III's career rushing leader for two more weeks as senior fullback R.J. Bowers came up 16 yards short, collecting 139 yards on 34 carries in Saturday's 27-7 loss at Wooster.
Bowers was held to 31 yards on 12 attempts in the second half, after extending his record streak of consecutive 100-yard games to 29 with 108 yards through the first two quarters. After an idle week, Bowers will get a chance to break the record in front of a homecoming crowd September 30th when the Wolverines host Thiel in their Presidents' Athletic Conference opener.
The 6-1, 238-pound All-American became college football's 13th 6,000-yard rusher, jumping from 13th to 11th among the NCAA's career leaders with 6,110 yards. Bender, tenth on the list with 6,125 yards, set the Division III record at Coe College from 1991-94.
Grove City scored on the game's first possession, marching 51 yards on eight plays. Bowers picked up 34 yards on six carries, including a 23-yard rush, his longest carry of the season. The West Middlesex native punctuated the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run, which moved him into seventh place on the NCAA's all-time scoring list (472 points).
Wooster rallied from a 7-0 first-quarter deficit with a pair of touchdowns runs in the second stanza. Scott Jones ran the ball in from the 11 to cap a seven-play, 50-yard drive early in the quarter. Then with 2:55 left before halftime, Scot quarterback Justin Abraham hit paydirt on a 26-yard QB draw as Wooster went into intermission leading 14-7.
Wooster padded its lead in the third quarter on a one-yard run by Rob Hooper, then closed the scoring in the fourth with a pair of Joe Zombek field goals, one from 21 yards out, the other from 32.
The Fighting Scots outgained the Wolverines, 358-153.
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