September 22, 2012 - Football
PICTURED ABOVE: Dee Brizzolara.
OBERLIN, Ohio -- The University of Chicago football team waited out several lightning delays and scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to beat Oberlin College 28-9 on Saturday.
The Maroons even their record at 2-2 on the season. The Yeomen fell to 1-2.
On their Homecoming day, the hosts scored on their first drive of the game with a 35-yard field goal. Chicago immediately marched right down the field in seven plays and answered with a 37-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Vincent Cortina to wide receiver Dee Brizzolara.
A blocked punt put the Yeomen in great field position to start the second quarter at the Chicago 27-yard-line. One pass and three rushes got Oberlin into the end zone and regain the lead 9-7.
The score remained 9-7 until halftime as both teams missed a field goal attempt in the second quarter. But the third quarter was when Chicago took control of the game. On their second offensive play of the third quarter, Cortina hooked up with Brizzolara again, this time for a 66-yard touchdown.
With a 14-9 lead in hand, the Maroons capitalized on an Oberlin fumble deep in its own territory that was recovered by Joe Tripolitakis. Three rushes by running back Zak Ross-Nash got him into the end zone and the Chicago lead increased to 21-9.
The lightning and rain came soon after, forcing a delay of almost an hour. Another delay came at the start of the fourth quarter as well. However, Chicago's offense was not fazed by the stoppage and drove 57 yards on 11 plays for its final touchdown of the game. Miguel Maseda's 13-yard touchdown run finished the scoring at 28-9.
The Maroons finished with more passing yards than rushing yards for the first time this season. Cortina completed 14 of 27 passes for 203 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Brizzolara made his three catches count, going for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Chicago's rushing attack gained 160 yards on 47 carries against an Oberlin run defense that only allowed 1.8 yards per rush in its first two games. Ross-Nash carried the rock 25 times for 90 yards. Cortina and Maseda added 23 yards rushing each.
In total, the Maroons outgained the Yeomen 363-195 while running 21 more offensive plays. Oberlin was held to only 62 yards passing on 21 attempts. Ben Wade led Chicago's defensive effort with nine total tackles. Michael Cifor totaled three tackles for a loss, including a nine-yard sack. Tripolitakis also added a sack among his three tackles.
Chicago returns home on October 6 for a Noon game against Allegheny College.
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