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Meisner's three touchdowns lead Centre to 27-17 win over Rose-Hulman
Senior running back Harry Meisner (Wyoming, Ohio) ran for 106 yards and scored three touchdowns and the Centre College football team defeated Rose-Hulman 27-17 Saturday, Sept. 14 in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Fightin' Engineers scored first. A nine-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Landwehr to Aaron Abbott capped an 10-play, 78-yard drive to give Rose-Hulman a 7-0 lead with 4:19 left in the first quarter.
The Colonels answered with an 11-play, 72-yard drive that ended with a nine-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Amoh Kumengisa (Lexington, Ky.), the first of his collegiate career.
Rose-Hulman (0-2) then drove to the Centre 16-yard line where Matt Angel booted a 33-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead.
A fumble on the ensuing kick-off was recovered by the Engineers, but sophomore linebacker Nick Dietz (Cincinnati, Ohio) intercepted Landwehr's first-down pass attempt and returned it 33 yards.
On first down, junior quarterback Heath Haden (Kingsport, Tenn.) hit senior receiver Austin Jones (Louisville, Ky.) for 46-yards to the Rose-Hulman eight-yard line. Two plays later, Meisner scored to give the Colonels a 14-10 lead.
Senior cornerback Casey Vatter (Okeana, Ohio) then intercepted Landwehr on the Engineers' next drive. Twelve plays and 59-yards later, Centre had a 20-10 lead as Meisner scored his second touchdown of the game on a one-yard plunge, and the extra point attempt was missed.
Rose-Hulman responded with a touchdown drive to cut the lead to 20-17, and the score remained that way into the intermission.
After three punts to begin the second half, the Colonels drove to the Rose-Hulman 12-yard line. A fourth-and-two rush attempt came up a yard short and the drive stalled. The Engineers took over and drove to the Centre 19-yard line. A 37-yard field goal attempt fell short, but a penalty on the Colonels allowed Angel to try again from 32 yards. His second try also missed, this one wide right.
With 12:07 left in the game, Centre took possession at its own 17-yard line. A holding penalty on the first play made it first-and-17 from the ten. Hayden hit sophomore receiver Jake Johnson (Louisville, Ky.) for 24 yards and then found Meisner for 23 yards to put the Colonels at the Rose-Hulman 43-yard line.
Eight plays later, Meisner scored his final touchdown of the game, a two-yard run for the final 27-17 tally.
Haden finished 26 for 46 for 309 yards passing and also ran for 69 yards. Along with his 106 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Meiser added two receptions for 20 yards.
Senior receiver Greyson Janeway (Johnson City, Tenn.) had a career-day as he posted personal bests with nine catches and 108 yards.
After allowing 17 points in the first half, the defense tightened in the second half and held the Engineers scoreless. Of Rose-Hulman's seven second-half drives, six totaled less than 30 yards of offense.
Dietz and senior safety Ben Leahy (Monroe, Ohio) tallied 10 tackles each. In addition to his interception, Dietz also had two tackles for loss and forced a fumble.
The Colonels, now 2-0, will return home Saturday, Sept. 21 to host Washington & Lee on Family Weekend. Kick-off is set for 2:30 p.m. at Farris Stadium.