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Defense Shines in Football Loss at St. Norbert

Defense Shines in Football Loss at St. Norbert

DE PERE, Wis. – The University of Chicago football team's defense held strong by shutting out host St. Norbert College in the second half, but the Green Knights held off the Maroons for a 10-0 Midwest Conference victory Saturday.

St. Norbert (4-2, 2-0 MWC) saw its only scores – a 20-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 24-yard touchdown pass in the second – come in the first half, but UChicago couldn't respond, as the Maroons were shut out for the first time since the 2012 season.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for UChicago (3-3), who held the Green Knights to 135 yards rushing and 273 yards for the game. The Maroon defense, who ranked third in all of NCAA Division III in turnovers forced entering the game, added one more to their season total (20) with a St. Norbert fumble in the first quarter.

First-year defensive back Ryan Montgomery caused the turnover and junior teammate Jeremy Vincent recovered to give the Maroons the ball with 6:44 remaining in the first period.

St. Norbert capitalized off an early Sam Koss interception on UChicago's first offensive drive, with the Green Knights taking over on the Maroons' 43-yard line. From there, SNC used a 41-yard pass from Jack Becker to Samuel Staehiling to set up a 20-yard goal and give the hosts a 3-0 lead.

The Maroons' defense stepped up big on goal line, as Jackson Ross recorded two tackles – including one on 3rd-and-goal – to stymie the Green Knights after Staehiling's catch brought his team to the UChicago 2-yard line.

St. Norbert would get its only other score in the second frame, completing a 14-play, 88-yard drive that took five minutes off the clock and ended with Becker 24-yard touchdown pass to Sean Ferraro with 13:11 left before the half.

The Maroons were held to 135 offensive yards and UChicago struggled on third down, completing just 2-of-14 tries, compared to 5-of-15 for the Green Knights.

Fellow first-year linebacker Dylan Faires led the defensive effort with 11 total tackles, including one for loss, and Jackson Ross added nine tackles and one for loss.

Despite the setback, Maroons running back Chandler Carroll reached an important milestone, as the senior finished the game with 63 net rushing yards. That total helped him eclipse the No. 2 spot in the program's all-time rushing list, as he now stands with 3,296 career rushing yards.

Carroll passed former Maroon Brandon Way (3,253) and now stands behind all-time leader Frank Baker, who accumulated 4,283 yards from 1990-93.

UChicago quarterback Campbell Garrett finished 9-of-22 for 61 yards through the air and senior Jamie Rieger caught two passes for 22 yards.

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