Bluffton at Anderson Preview
Bluffton University at Anderson
When: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Anderson, Ind. - Macholz Stadium
On the Radio: Listen live to Bluffton University football on WDOH 107.1 FM.
The Bluffton University football team travels to Anderson University for its final road contest of the 2008 season on Saturday, November 1. Anderson is currently 3-4 and 2-2 in the conference, while the Beavers stand 1-6 with a 0-4 mark in the HCAC.
Head Coach Tyson Veidt made his debut on the Bluffton sidelines in the Beavers' 2008 opener at Alma College. Despite taking over the reins just nine short months ago, Veidt and his staff at Bluffton currently have 53 first-year players on the squad. Veidt comes to Bluffton after assistant coaching stints at West Virginia and Indiana. Most recently he was the defensive coordinator for Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. New additions to the Bluffton coaching staff are Chris Krieg, Bo White, Jason Diller and Brian Hefner. Returning to the Beavers are Denny Phillips, Lou Stokes, Bryan Lloyd and Bill Fisher.
Jeff Judge became the 11th football coach in Anderson school history in 2003. Before taking over at AU, he was the Offensive Coordinator (2001-02) and Defensive Coordinator (2000) at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. During his first four seasons in Anderson, Judge guided the team to a 23-27 overall record, including a 15-17 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Judge has also been a Defensive Coordinator at Simpson College (1994-2000) and the Offensive and Recruiting Coordinator at Morehead State University (1990-94).
Bluffton-Anderson Series History
Bluffton and Anderson will tangle for the 34th time in the history of the two schools on Saturday. The Beavers hold an 18-15 edge in the series, despite heartbreaking overtime losses during the last two meetings in Salzman Stadium (2005 and 2007).
Last week's contests
The Bluffton University football team struggled to slow the Rose-Hulman running game as the Engineers took care of the Beavers by a 42-14 count on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008.
Following Bluffton's first possession that netted 13 yards, Rose quarterback Derek Eitel led a six-play 70-yard scoring drive that took only 2:47 and included runs of 18 and 21 yards. Calvin Bueltel capped it with a touchdown at the 10:12 mark of the opening stanza.
Two possessions later, Bluffton took advantage of excellent field position at the RHIT 40, following a failed fourth down conversion, to knot the game at seven with 4:16 to play in the quarter. Freshman Jason Johnson went for 27 yards on three carries, setting up a one-yard Jeff Gehring plunge to paydirt.
Rose took advantage of a missed 28-yard field goal by the Beavers as the Engineers fashioned an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that Bueltel finished with an 11-yard scamper. Sophomore Mitch Dunlap picked off his third pass of the season to keep the score at 21-7 following a fumbled Bluffton kickoff return after the Bueltel score.
The Engineers went right down the field on their first touch of the second half. Bueltel carried the ball five times for 40 yards, including a one-yard touchdown.
Bluffton answered back immediately with an 80-yard Antwane Miller kickoff return for a touchdown. With the score 28-14 in favor of RHIT, Bluffton forced a five-play Rose possession and followed that with a seven-play, 47-yard drive that ended when Jonathan Thompson's 41-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
RHIT tacked on a one-yard Tim Schrock touchdown run in the fourth quarter to complete the 42-14 rout of the Beavers.
Bluffton picked up 12 first downs, compared to 22 for Rose. The Engineers did their damage on the ground, gaining 324 of their 464 total yards on 47 rushes. The Beavers tallied 249 total yards in the loss. Rose controlled the clock to the tune of a 33:18 to 26:42 advantage. Both team struggled on third down (3 of 13 for Bluffton and 3 of 12 for Rose), but the Engineers were 3-of-4 on red-zone opportunities, compared to 1-of-3 for the Beavers.
Miller led the Beavers with 50 yards rushing on three carries, including a 48-yard run. Johnson added 46 yards on 12 rushes. Freshman quarterback Derek Dunlap was 12-of-26 in his first start under center, throwing for 119 yards with two interceptions deep in Rose territory. Todd Trotter paced the Bluffton receivers with three catches for 65 yards.
Junior Brandon Herr recorded a team-high 11 tackles, including eight solos. Freshman Steven Sealscott chipped in with nine stops and senior Kyle Rode had a sack that took the Engineers back nine yards. He and Mitch Agner added five tackles apiece.
Defiance 21, Anderson 13
The Anderson University football team lost its second consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game on Saturday at Coressel Stadium, falling to Defiance College 21-13.
The Ravens were behind 21-6 in the fourth quarter, but got a touchdown run by John Sims and reached the Yellow Jackets' 15-yard-line before losing the ball on downs to end the game.
Chase Thurston set a school record with 71 pass attempts in the game, completing 32 of them for a career-high 313 yards with an interception. The attempts broke Chris McKee's previous mark of 68 set on Oct. 16, 2004 against Bluffton.
Zach Duke led the receiving corps with nine catches for 57 yards. Chris Russell had eight receptions for a team-high 92 yards and Nolan Bernard added six catches for 86 yards.
Tristan Cork booted two more field goals, including a 45-yarder in the third quarter. Cork now has three of the four longest kicks in school history, including last week's school record 51-yarder.
Leading the Beavers
Freshman Jason Johnson leads Bluffton with 202 yards rushing on 64 carries. On the outside, Drew Lovelace leads the Beavers with 197 yards receiving on 13 receptions. Senior tight end Joel Sienicki also has 10 catches for 131 yards. Dan Chipka and Antwane Miller both have touchdown receptions for the Beavers this season. Miller was named the Heartland Conference Player of the Week on special teams following an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Rose-Hulman on Saturday. Junior quarterback Brock Miller is 64-of-138 for 634 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman signal-caller Derek Dunlap has completed 17-of-40 passes for 174 yards.
Freshman Steven Sealscott has a team-high 47 stops with two breakups, two TFL's and a forced fumble. Senior Kyle Rode has six TFL's, including three sacks, while junior Jordan Achterman has chipped in with 5 TFL's for a loss of 22 yards and two breakups. Sophomore Mitch Dunlap has three picks and four breakups on the season. Brandon Herr leads the Beavers with 29 solo tackles and Seaslscott has chipped in with 26 solos.
Next up for the Beavers and Ravens
Bluffton will return to Salzman Stadium for the first of consecutive home Heartland Conference clashes to finish the 2008 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 8. The contest against Hanover is slated to start at 1:30 p.m. Anderson goes to the road for a battle with Rose-Hulman on Nov. 8.