BEREA, OHIO -- Sophomore quarterback Ryan O'Rourke (Avon) threw four touchdown passes as the Baldwin-Wallace Colege football team shut out Ohio Athletic Conference rival Wilmington College, 38-0, today (Saturday, October 23, 2010) on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium before 2,977 Professor Appreciation Day fans in Berea. The shutout was B-W's first since a 17-0 whitewash of OAC rival Capital University in the final game of the 2008 season.
In addition, the College recognized its 1980 football team at halftime for its undefeated regular season (10-0), advancing to the NCAA Division III National Playoffs and marking the last Yellow Jacket team coached by the late and legendary College Football Hall of Famer Lee Tressel.
The Yellow Jackets led 14-0 after one quarter, 24-0 at halftime and 38-0 after three stanzas.
O'Rourke completed 19-of-26 passes for 259 yards and the four TD, and the Yellow Jacket offense outgained the Quakers, 433-145.
B-W opened the scoring at 4:40 mark of the first quarter when O'Rourke threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Aaron Hurd (Tiffin/ Columbian) to cap a 6-play and 54-yard drive in 2:08. Senior placekicker Brad Pollock (Brecksville/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) kicked the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
Offensively and in addition to O'Rourke, Van Meter led all receivers with nine receptions for 113 yards and a TD and Hurd caught six for 57 yards and a score. Senior RB John McGraw (North Ridgeville) led the running game with 59 yards in 11 attempts and Miker had 50 yards in eight attempts with a TD. Junior outside linebacker John Harasyn (Mentor) led the defense with nine tackles and a QB sack.
Offensively for the Quakers, freshman QB Brandon Arehart completed 11-of-28 passes for 100 yards. The running game was led by sophomore Tyrell Richardson with 34 yards in 13 attempts. Senior linebacker Bryce Martin led Wilmington with 15 tackles.
The Yellow Jackets are back in action next Saturday, Oct. 30 when they travel to New Concord, Ohio to play Muskingum University at McConagha Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Fans can listen to that game live on campus radio station WBW, 88.3 FM, and via the WBW Internet Web site at www.wBW.com as well as watch that contest later that evening on SportsTime Ohio.
The next B-W home game is on Saturday, Nov. 6 when B-W plays OAC rival at No.2-ranked the University of Mount Union at Finnie Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Seniors' and Parents' Day.