CLEVELAND, Ohio – The University of Chicago football team saw its season-opening win streak snapped with a 45-17 loss at Case Western Reserve University on Saturday.
The Maroons (0-1) had won their previous seven season openers, while the Spartans (1-0) have now captured week one victories in 14 of the past 15 years.
The game started promisingly for UChicago when the opening kickoff return and ensuing penalty put the offense at midfield. The Maroons drove down to the 11-yard line, but was ultimately held to a 28-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Mike Kurzydlowski.
Once Rob Cuda entered the fray, the Case quarterback took over the game. His first play from scrimmage was a 22-yard rush, and he kept churning out yardage from there with both his arm and legs. The hosts scored a touchdown on each of their opening four possessions. Three of the drives lasted 10 plays each and the other score came via an 85-yard punt return touchdown.
The Maroons trimmed the deficit to 21-10 when senior quarterback Burke Moser tossed a five-yard touchdown to Chandler Carroll. The junior running back accounted for 45 yards on the nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Moser produced his second touchdown of the half with an effective two-minute drill that ended with a two-yard rush into the end zone. The Spartans led 28-17 when halftime rolled around 36 seconds later.
Case converted 5 of 6 on third-down in the first half and kept their percentage high by going 8 of 13 for the game (61 percent). Cuda produced four touchdowns (two passing and two rushing) and 342 combined yards passing and rushing. The Spartans outscored the Maroons 17-0 in the second half to clinch the victory.
UChicago finished with 309 total yards (238 passing and 71 rushing). Moser was 32-for-47 through the air for 234 yards. Carroll was his most frequent target as the junior caught eight passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 74 yards on 18 carries. Four UChicago wideouts hauled in four receptions apiece.
Defensively, senior linebacker Jackson Garrey racked up a career-high 16 tackles on the day. The Maroons tallied five tackles for loss as a unit. In the defensive backfield, junior Guy Stockwell made 10 tackles, while sophomores Jeremy Vincent and Bryson Merriweather totaled six tackles and one pass breakup each.
After a week two bye, UChicago will play its home opener on Sept. 17 against Millsaps College.
- Saturday, Sept. 17 – Millsaps College at UChicago, 1 PM