BEREA, OHIO -- John Carroll University sophomore running back DaQuan Grobsmith ran for a career-high 187 yards in 20 attempts and scored three touchdowns as the Blue Streaks defeated Ohio Athletic Conference and Cleveland cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 31-28, today (Saturday, November 13, 2010) on Wasmer Field in the Don Shula Stadium in University Heights in the Annual Battle for the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy Game.
The Blue Streaks led 14-7 after one quarter, 24-14 at halftime and 31-21 after three stanzas.
With its win, JCU ends its regular season at 5-5 overall and 5-4 in the. The win also ties the all-time series at 23-23-4 and the Gold Bowl Series, which began in 1989, at 11-11. B-W ends its season at 7-3 overall and 6-3 in the OAC and has now recorded 41 winning seasons in the past 44 years.
The Blue Streaks opened the scoring and took a 7-0 lead at the 13:29 mark when Grobsmith ran nine yards for a touchdown and senior placekicker Justin Fink added the PAT. The TD was set up by a 35-yard kick return to open the game and then a 47-yard pass from junior quarterback Devin O'Brien to senior wide receiver Frank Ross on the first play from scrimmage.
B-W tied the score at 7-7 with 7:57 left in the first quarter when sophomore QB Ryan O'Rourke (Avon) threw a 7-yard TD pass to junior tight end Aaron Hurd (Tiffin/ Columbian) and senior PK Brad Pollock (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) kicked the PAT. The drive capped a 13-play, 82-yard drive in 5:32.
Following an interception of an O'Rourke pass, the Blue Streaks grabbed a 14-7 lead when Grobsmith scored his second TD of the game, this time on a 3-yard run, to cap a 2-play and 34-yard drive in just 27 seconds. Sophomore PK Brad Marchese then added the PAT.
JCU increased its lead to 21-7 with 14:12 left in the second quarter when Grobsmith scored his third TD of the game, this one an 8-yarder, to cap a 7-play and 74-yard drive in 2:34. Marchese then added his second PAT kick. The key play on the drive was a 23-yard scramble and run by O'Brien. JCU extended its lead to 24-7 with a 19-yard field goal by Marchese to cap a 9-play and 76-yard drive in 4:33.
B-W used some trickery to close to within 24-14 at the 1:32 mark when O'Rouke sent a lateral behind the line of scrimmage to senior WR Anthony Fairhurst (Ashland/ Senior) who then threw a 41-yard scoring strike to senior RB Kyrell Crook (Columbus/ St. Francis De Sales). Pollock's PAT kick capped a 4-play and 57-yard drive in 1:40.
Following a 62-yard second half kick return by Yellow Jacket freshman Kevin Johnson (Garfield Hts./ Cleveland St. Ignatius) to the JCU 32-yard line, B-W traveled the final 32 yards in seven plays with O'Rourke going the final six to the endzone. Pollock's third PAT kick of the game closed the JCU lead to 24-21 with 11:39 left.
The Blue Streaks regained their 10-point advantage at 31-21 with 3:00 left in the third stanza when Ross ran five yards to the enzone and Marchese's PAT kick capped a 9-play and 74-yard drive in 4:20. The big play was a 30-yard run by Grobsmith on a broken play when he seemed stopped on four separate occasions.
B-W closed the gap to 31-24 with 1:05 left when Crook scored on a 1-yard run to cap a 12-play and 66-yard drive and Pollock added his fourth PAT kick of the game.
B-W then attempted on onside kick. Ross fielded it and then momentarily fumbled it before recovering his own bobble.
Overall, JCU outgained B-W, 420-404, in a game that featured 17 penalties for 208 yards, including many questionable calls and many that came at critical times such as one sideline infraction on each team.
B-W was led offensively by O'Rourke, RBs Crook and junior John McGraw (North Ridgeville). O'Rourkecompleted 17-of-26 passes for 161 yards with one TD and one interception. Crook ran for 83 yards in 18 attempts with a TD and caught the 41-yard TD pass from Fairhurst. Sophomore WR Aaron Manders (Toledo/ Cardinal Stritch) and freshman WR Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton/ Midview) tied for team honors with four catches each. On defense, junior linebacker J.J. Laseak (Mentor) and senior All-OAC middle linebacker Ryan Kish (Amherst/ Marion Steele) led the defense with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.
In addition to Grobsmith, O'Brien ran for 102 yards in 19 attempts and completed six-of-14 passes for 114 yards. On defense, junior LB C.J. Seitzinger led all tacklers with 17.
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