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Baldwin-Wallace Opens Season With 38-14 Victory Against Wooster

Baldwin-Wallace Opens Season With 38-14 Victory Against Wooster

BEREA, OHIO --  Sophomore quarterback Ryan O'Rourke (Avon) completed nine-of-13 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns in his first game as a Yellow Jacket  as the Baldwin-Wallace College football team opened its season with a 38-14 victory tonight (Thursday, September 2, 2010) against traditional-rival The College of Wooster on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium.  The victory also improved ninth-year Head Coach John Snell to 7-2 in season openers.

O'Rourke, who transferred to B-W last spring from NCAA Division II Slippery Rock (Pa.) University, threw a 40-yard TD pass to senior defensive end/ tight end Keith Darbut (Miami, Fla/ Palmetto Senior) on the game's first play and tossed a pair of TD passes to his former high school and Slippery Rock teammate Brett Jensen (Avon) of 59 and 19 yards, all in the first half.

The Yellow Jackets, 1-0, led 17-0 after one quarter, 31-7 at halftime and 31-14 at the end of three stanzas.

In addition to O'RourkeJensen led the receiving corps with two catches for 78 yards and the two TD, and sophomore WR Aaron Manders (Toledo/ Cardinal Stritch) caught three passes for 42 yards and a TD. The running game was led by the duo of junior Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior)who carried the ball 11 times for a game-high 66 yards, including a one-yard TD run in the second quarter, and senior RB John McGraw (North Ridgeville)who had 65 yards in 13 attempts. On defense, senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference linebacker Ryan Kish (Amherst/ Steele) with nine tackles.

B-W dominated right from the start as freshman defensive back Kevin Johnson (Garfield Heights/ Cleveland St. Ignatius) returned the opening kickoff 55 yards. Then, on the first play from scrimmage, O'Rourke threw the 40-yard TD pass to Darbut. Senior placekicker Brad Pollock (Brecksville/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights) then kicked the point-after-touchdown for a 7-0 lead.

Following a 12-yard Fighting Scot punt, the Yellow Jackets traveled 34 yards in five plays and increased their lead to 10-0 with 11:49 left when Pollock booted a career-long 37-yard field goal. The big play on the drive was a 27-yard run by Miker on the first play.
B-W extended its lead to 17-0 late in the first quarter when the Yellow Jackets marched 85 yards in six plays in 2:12 and the drive was capped when O'Rourke threw the 59-yard TD pass to Jensen with 41 seconds remaining in the opening stanza. Pollock then tacked on the PAT kick.
The lead grew to 24-0 with 11:15 left in the second quarter when O'Rouke tossed the 19-yard TD pass to Jensen and Pollock booted the PAT. The drive covered 58 yards in seven plays and covered 3:34 off the clock. B-W increased its lead to 31-0 with 4:42 left in the half when Miker ran one yard to paydirt to cap an eight-play, 66-yard drive in 3:07.
Wooster finally reached the endzone with 14 seconds remaining before the intermission when freshman QB Richard Barnes passed 13 yards to junior WR Logan Dunn. Senior Russ Palm's PAT kick made the score 31-7 and completed a 10-play and 69 yard drive.
In the first half, the Yellow Jackets outgained the Scots, 308-51. B-W's 308 first half yards featured 154 on the ground and 154 through the air.
Undaunted, the Scots opened the second half by travelling 58 yards in 12 plays and covering 4:07 when Barnes passed three yards to junior TE Cameron Daniels for a TD. Pal's PAT kick made the score 31-14. Then after Wooster recovered an onside kick, the Scots drove into B-W's redzone, but Palm missed a 33-yard field goal attempt.

B-W then countered with 9:36 left in the game when sophomore QB Andrew Dziak (Maple Heights/ Parma Padua Fransiscan) passed 10 yards to Manders for a TD and Pollock's PAT kick made the score 38-14.

Offensively, Barnes led Wooster as he completed 20-of-35 passes for 171 yards with the two TD. He also ran the ball 22 times for 36 yards, but was sacked five times. Defensively, Wooster was led by junior LB Matt Bredigan with nine stops.

Fans are reminded that tonight's B-W versus Wooster game was taped by S&S Video Productions and will be shown on SportsTime Ohio on Friday (Sept. 3) at 5:30 p.m. and again on Saturday (Sept. 4) at 5:00 a.m.  To watch archived B-W athletics events, please visit us on-line at

B-W is back in action on Saturday, September 11 when the Yellow Jackets open Ohio Athletic Conference play against Capital University at Finnie Stadium on Family and Community Night.  For more information on Family and Community Night, please call the B-W Alumni House at 440-826-2104 or visit

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