Westminster (Mo.) Uses Defense, Rush Offense In Shutout

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Fulton, Mo. – The Westminster College defense forced five fumbles and recorded a pair of interceptions to record its first shutout since 2007 in Westminster's 54-0 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference victory over Martin Luther College here Saturday.

The Blue Jays (3-0, 2-0 UMAC), who now share the league lead with the University of Minnesota-Morris, used a swarming defense to limit Martin Luther (0-3, 0-2 UMAC) to just 67 yards rushing, 196 yards under its league-leading 263 yards a game average coming in. Martin Luther finished with 172 total yards. Meanwhile, the Westminster offense rushed for a season-high 244 yards and passed for another 228 yards, to finish with a season-high 472 yards of offense.

Junior Rodney Lyles (St. Louis, Mo./Clayton) led the defense, recording eight tackles while forcing a fumble and recovering two fumbles. Junior Josh Bromberg (St. Charles, Mo./Christian Brothers) finished with seven tackles, a sack and an interception. Senior Shane Harris (St. Louis, Mo./Collinsville, Ill.) recorded his first interception.

Offensively, senior Zain Gower (Warrensburg, Mo./Warrensburg) rushed 17 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Scott Rodgers (Centralia, Mo./Centralia) completed 13-of-19 passes for 221 yards and four touchdowns. Senior receiver Carl Givens (Chesterfield, Mo./Chaminade) caught a pair of touchdown passes, and juniors Justin Grahl and Mac Findeiss, both from Washington, Mo. (St. Francis Borgia) caught their first touchdowns passes of the season.

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