Wolverines Down Kenyon, 45-26
GAMBIER, OH, October 23, 1999--R.J. Bowers (West Middlesex, PA/West Middlesex) broke two records, tied one and eclipsed another career milestone, as the Wolverines evened its season record at 4-4 with a 45-26 win over host Kenyon College, who fell to 1-6.
Bowers rushed for a school-record 305 yards and six touchdowns on 41 carries, setting a new NCAA Division III record with his 12th career 200-yard game. The 6-2, 242-pound fullback nosed past his own single-game rushing record of 304 yards set last year against Thiel. His six touchdowns tied the school record held by himself (vs. Thiel, 1998) and Greg Magness (vs. Geneva, 1968).
Bowers also became the eighth player in NCAA Division III history to surpass the 5,000-yard plateau. With 5,164 yards, Bowers ranks sixth all-time. The Division III record for career rushing yards is 6,125 set by Coe College's Carey Bender from 1991-94.
The Wolverines led 7-6 after the first quarter, 19-13 at halftime and 32-20 after three quarters. Kenyon drew to within six points, 32-26, midway through the fourth, but Bowers put the game out of reach with two scores in the final five minutes. His six TD runs covered 73, 1, 1, 13, 3 and 35 yards.
Michael Orlando (Wickliffe, OH/Wickliffe) went over 100 yards for the second time in four games with 128 yards on 13 attempts. Tony Kunczewski (Irwin, PA/Penn Trafford) registered a team-high 15 tackles, including nine solos, and an interception. Mike Kashurba (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe) finished with 13 tackles, including eight solos, and his third pick of the year.
Grove City amassed all of its 449 total offensive yards on the ground. Kenyon gained 401 yards on the day with 271 yards rushing and 130 yards passing.
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